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Life At The Moment... - #1

Blooming heck, has it really been over a month since I posted? Dear me, sorry everyone!

So welcome to my new post called 'Life At The Moment', such an imaginative name(!)

Since becoming a college student it's been rather busy, actually I don't think busy is even the right word. The work is great, not too much or complicated but enough that challenges my skills already. I've made some new friends & tread on the path of people who I wish I hadn't met but still have yet to shake their hand & thank them. What I'm trying to say is, people who I met in the past (and really wish I hadn't) were the ones that got myself to open new doors to some amazing things hence why I want to shake their hand.

I'm a Student Rep for my class at Level 1 Art & Design which I feel has given me an extra boost to act mature and be professional.

Recently I turned 18, the age that says you're legal to drink... I think I'll just stick to water thanks!
My teen…

Resin Workshop - Review By Lucy Wakefield

On Saturday 29th of April and Saturday 3rd of May, I attended two Resin workshops at The Bead Shop on Market Street, Nottingham.
The two workshops were held in a small room above the shop, which accommodated a group of four people. During the sessions we were taught how to use the chemical safely such as using the right measurements, how to colour the Resin using (an optional choice) of embossing powder, eye shadows or glitter and creating the charms for Jewellery purposes.
The artforms that was used during the workshops was Jewellery Making. I chose to attend this event on the basis of learning something new in Jewellery Making and as a part of my research for my Art challenge.
I particularly liked pouring the resin and placing the charms into the silicon moulds. I also really enjoyed seeing how the end product came out! 
There wasn’t really any stage of the workshops I didn’t enjoy because since this was a new form of Jewellery Making, I felt it not only challenged me but also allowe…

Paradise - Review By Evie Wakefield

Written by Nick Wood Directed by Allie Spencer and Amanda Hall.                                                      Performed by The Playhouse Ensemble. Paradise was originally commissioned by the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield to be a companion piece to their production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’.  I saw this play on the 20th June at the Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse. The play is about the members of a small community who find themselves in the middle of a civil war. Many friendships are tested and new ones develop despite the pressure of the conflict and the villagers’ battle to preserve their humanity.
The play features a range of actors of different ages, from adolescents to senior citizens. I felt this benefitted the production because it reflected the actual community instead of using actors of the same age to play all the characters e.g a middle aged woman playing a teenager wouldn’t work as well as a young woman playing the same part.
The performance begins with the ca…

Heritage - Review By Evie Wakefield

Written by Dafydd James – Award-winning writer, composer and performer, working in both English and Welsh. Performed by Stopsley High School I saw this play on the 31st March 2014 (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton), as a part of the ‘National Theatre Connections 2014’ programme.
The play is set on May Day and a group of young people have been specially chosen to close the day’s festivities; but as they gather together in uniform to rehearse the village anthem, all is not well.
The performance begins with a young woman, who believes is related to Anne Frank, singing a quite difficult operatic piece. Other characters are introduced gradually: ·Tubbsy, who’s hiding a dead cat in his bag·Deirdre-May, grieving for her late Nanna·Mark, dressed in a dinosaur onesie·An American girl who changes her name.·Creepy twins who sit on pedestals with loudhailers and notebooks.·And a lot of ensemble.
The rehearsal never happens as there are always distractions. Eventually they begin to suspect that…

A Shop Selling Speech - Review By Evie Wakefield

Written by Sabrina Mahfouz – British-Egyptian poet and playwright; she is the current recipient of a 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award for her poetry work. Directed by Carrie Bird.                                                                                         Performed by Flying High Theatre Company. I saw this on the 9th March (Bonnington Theatre, Arnold) as a part of ‘National Theatre Connections 2014’ programme. The play is set in a newly opened shop in Cairo, Egypt which is currently under armed robbery.
To begin with it isn’t obvious what the armed robbers are trying to steal. However, as the play progresses and explores the themes of freedom, power, gender, greed and revolution, it becomes clear that they are trying to steal Speech as they believe it should be free. The performance begins with the robbery already in progress with tumbled boxes, three agitated robbers, four scared and one arrogant shop staff members.
During the play, the audience learns more about each chara…

The Wardrobe - Review By Evie Wakefield

Written by Sam Holcroft – Current Writer-In-Residence at the National Theatre Studio; Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre (2009-10)and winner of the Tom Erhardt Award for Up-and-coming writer (2009). Directed by Nikki Disney. I saw this play on the 8th March at Lakeside Arts Centre as part of the ‘National Theatre Connections 2014’ programme. The play begins in an old museum where a 15th century wardrobe is on display. The wardrobe contains the memories and secrets from periods of history including: ·The War of the Roses ·The Civil War ·The Plague ·Victorian child labour ·The Start of WWI The young people in the play use the wardrobe to hide “…from the barrage of reality outside” while it provides a living history style experience for the audience, featuring characters such as: ·Henry VIII’s mother and aunt·A tutor teaching a young boy Latin and discovering the joys of bananas·Servant girls who want to become actresses but who fall victim to plague·A Victorian chimney swe…

Angels - Review by Evie Wakefield

Written by Pauline McLynn. Directed by Loreto Murray. I saw this play five times, twice on the 24th January (Trent Vine Yard Youth Centre), once on the 8th March (Lakeside Arts Centre) & 9th March (Bonnington Theatre, Arnold) and 1st April (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton), because my sister is a member of the Junk Shop Theatre Company who are taking part in the ‘National Theatre Connections 2014’ programme which involves a mini tour around the East Midlands.
Because I have seen the play several times, I have also seen how it has evolved, and I found this interesting, as I normally only see plays once.
The theatre company has ‘dual cast’ some of the main parts and split the company into two groups, these are known as the ‘Shoppers’ and ‘Junkies’. I feel this is slightly misleading as in reality the ‘Junkies’ are understudying the ‘Shoppers’, because the shows are split unfairly in a 4:2 ratio over 6 shows rather than a 50/50 split.
The play itself centres on a group of young…

Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life & Astounding Legend - Review by Evie Wakefield

On the 7th October 2013, I attended a theatrical performance of the play ‘Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life & Astounding Legend’ at Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Giles Croft.
The performance began as if it were set at Goose Fair, with a stage on the main stage. The showman (Norman Pace) set the scene and introduced the character of Charlie Peace (Peter Duncan), a Victorian villain/thief originally from Sheffield who frequently changed his name and appearance to disguise himself from the police. The tone of the play was humorous. I felt the main characters engaged with the audience a lot – breaking the fourth wall.
The artforms involved were, drama, comedy, music (traditional folk songs, played by five musicians who also acted in the play) and graphic designs which were projected on to the set to change locations.
I decided to go to this event because I am very interested in historical style plays and musicals. This play was advertised as a musical melodrama set in the 1800s and par…

Review Spectacular!

The following six reviews have been written by my sister, Evie for her Gold Arts Award. She hopes you enjoy reading them & if you fancy leaving a comment or sharing the reviews, please do.


A Follow From... 'We Are The In Crowd'

So woke up to an interesting follow on my twitter from a band called 'We Are The In Crowd', honestly I had no idea who they were. So I put a message up on Facebook to ask if anybody if they'd heard of them. Turns out there quite well known.

They've only been in Kerrang Magazine (also other magazines) and are currently doing a UK Tour.

I was told to YouTube them, so I did, turns out their freaking awesome!

So thank you 'We Are The In Crowd' for the follow!  You've made a new fan very happy!

Below I've left you guys a song by them called 'The Best Thing (That Never Happened)' enjoy!

Handmade Update #2 - August

My, what a busy summer that was! So busy, I seem to have lacked in showing you guys what I've made but never fear, the Handmade Update is here! After recently taking up meditating (it' amazing for stress!) And I thought could I take my Jewellery Making to a new high? 

I made the 8" necklace to go with some of my clothes which are boardline retro/hippie/tomboy and that would also look 'student~y' for College/Uni.                              I make Jewellery to show wearable art is just as important as a painting on a wall. People say Jewellery is for girls, no it's unisex.                                                                                    If you met me, you should understand I hate anything with diamond, It's tacky.                                                                                            The Crystal is a Purple Agate. It's common but very beautiful I'm sure you'll agree. The necklace also has a gold leaf charm…

Shopping Haul #2 - Aug

I reliase I've lacked in 'Shopping Haul's' recently but I've been concentrating on quailfications, career paths and much more. So without futher ado (of this extremely short post!) More shopping hauls will done, I promise. 
My first buy is 'Company' magazine, I love it for it's samples, great articles, fashion tips & the articles.                                                                                        The September Issue of 'Company' magazine (which costs £2.60) features an interview with 17 year old actress, Chloe Grace Moretz. She talks about her fashion style, the recent movie UK release of 'If I Stay' which is also the first film she'll get to watch at the premier.                                                                                                                                                The article of 'BLOGGERS STYLE THE HIGH STREET' is a great read, it features a 16 year old student …

Are You Going To Scarborough Fair? - Day 5 of #BloggingAdventure

Wednesday 6th August 2014

Today we set off early to Scarborough. We got on the train, I put my earphones in to listen to The Beatles and watched the clouds go over the beautiful fields. It only took one hour to get to Scarborough! 
We came across the Market Hall and of course we just had to have a little look! Was this Scarborough Fair? Sadly no but there was still so much more variety here then at Nottingham's Market Place! And it didn't stop there, I went down to the vaults. I went to look at vintage pieces, a little artist shop, but the one shop that caught my eye (and I forgotten the name, oh bother!) But as I entered shop a dog came running out, I looked on her tag. "Trixie, Hello sweetheart." I went to have a look, next thing I know there was something on my foot. I think I was expecting something disgusting but no. She picked a toy up and dumped it again my foot. Trixie stared at me saying "Play?". I must have spent half'n'hour playing with h…

Ice Bucket Challenge

I had a fantastic time doing the Ice Bucket Challenge with my two amazing friends today, even if the weather was stormy! I think I ended up with most of it though!

Thank you to people who nominated me via Twitter & Facebook - I've nominated two buddies from Arts Award, enjoy guys ;)

If you get nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, do it because it's hilarious especially on a freezing day!

Also enjoy the first That's A Teens Life video! x

When Lucy met Dracula - Day 4 of #BloggingAdventure

Tuesday 5th August 2014 
Today we decided to go to Whitby, I love Bram Stokers work, I've always wanted to do the Gothic weekend (we've also made a plan to the weekend when me & my sister are older.) Once me and sister went to the abbey and did the 'Lucy bitten by Dracula' scene... yeah guess who was Lucy. We also made a pat to find the god damn tackiest fridge magnet. 
Our journey began at Scarborough Train Station bus stop. We travelled for roughly just over an hour on the most bumpiest bus. We went through the Goathlands (Heartbeat).  Suddenly the view got even more beautiful, Whitby was just 20 minutes away. The view was breathtaking.                                                                                            When we got into the Town centre, it was busy. I tied my bag tightly and held my camera (last year my camera lens cover was stolen from my bag. It can be replaced, but it's so damn expensive!)  We went to Whitby's Cafe just by the edg…

A Shop Selling Speech - Review By Lucy Wakefield

Written by Sabrina Mahfouz                                                                           Performed by Flying High Theatre Company Director: Carrie Bird On 9th March 2014, I attended a performance of ‘A Shop Selling Speech’ at Bonnington Theatre, Arnold as a part of NationalTheatre Connections. The setting for the play is a shop in Egypt which despite only having recently opened is already being targeted by three people who appear to be either robbers or activists however the reasons for their actions are not immediately clear.
As the play unfolds, the tension builds between the characters as threats are made by the activists to the staff and the staff member try to justify their own actions and methods for selling their ‘product’. Just as the pressure becomes almost too much, the audience learns that the intruders are actually on the side of the public as the shop is selling speech which they believe should be free which challenges the idea of the activists being ‘in the wron…

A Letter To Lacey - Review By Lucy Wakefield

By Catherine Johnson, Performed by Chapter 4 and Directed by Hannah Stone
On the 18th March 2014, I attended a free performance of ‘A Letter To Lacey’ at Mansfield Palace Theatre (part of the NationalTheatre Connections.) The play began with an adaptation of The Shangri-Las 1960s classic song: “Leader of the Pack”, sung by the three actresses who play Kara (in different age groups).
The dialogue started with eldest Kara thinking how to introduce herself in a letter to her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, Lacey (although you never get the chance to see this character). As the play progressed it became clear that Kara, was the narrator of the story which included flashbacks to her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Reece.
The actresses who played Kara were very confident (but occasionally lacked in projection) and portrayed the character believably. The transitions between scenes were excellent, however the sound for most scenes were exceedingly loud.
The art forms involved in this pro…