On what makes a good teacher

May 13, 2023

I have a tendency to write FAR too much in my responses to messages on social media. Why write one sentence when a whole essay would do!? Anyway, I just replied to a teacher friend’s comment on Facebook asking about negative feedback from their students. And I found it useful to write, so I’ll share

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How being a skilled performer is like surfing (maybe)

March 4, 2023

I’ve had this metaphor bubbling away for a little while as I’ve been here studying at Gaulier. It relates performing to surfing the waves. It’s about that “leap of faith” you take when you’re on stage that can take your performance from mundane to spectacular. Is it a good metaphor? I don’t know yet. How

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Introducing… The Social Hangover

February 5, 2023

Today, I don’t have a hangover. By which I mean… I do have a hangover. But not a normal hangover. Today, I have a bit of a Social Hangover. I like to think that I came up with the idea of The Social Hangover… because I like to think that I’m more original than I

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You are boring Part 2

February 4, 2023

Back when I was here last summer – here being the Philippe Gaulier clown/theatre school, because why should you know where I am right now? – I wrote a couple of posts about being boring and the fears of social rejection. If you want to read those 2 posts, go find them for yourself! You’re

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Is Gaulier “Mean and Insulting” or Charming and Lovable?

January 26, 2023

It’s Thursday, the start of the 4th day of my 6 month stint at Ecole Philippe Gaulier… and I’m now into 2 courses at once: Melodrama and Masked Play. I have things to say about both courses already, but this morning I was mulling over something else. A particular perception of Gauiler that often comes

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Gauiler — Round 2

January 22, 2023

Well, there’s nothing like an external kick up the ass to get you started with something… So, thanks to Will for asking me if I’m going blog about my experiences this time round. If he hadn’t asked me that yesterday – let’s be honest to myself – the idea would probably have gone into the

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An ill-informed announcement

December 16, 2022

So… this is a bit of a weird blog post. The thing is, it might be that I’m doing exactly what I do all the time. No, I d0n’t mean wandering around in circles trying to remember what I was doing. I mean to announce something that I am “going to do” but that I

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