"Why should I not wander over the pastures in search of the wind?"Ask me anything
If I still want to be a dramaturg after this insane week of rehearsals, I will know that it is true love.
Oh man, its been over a month since I last posted? Time flies by over here. I just got back from a week of traveling. Popped over to Edinburgh for a couple of days, which was really cool. Got to see a lot of lochs and castles, and between all the tours I took and the museums I went to, I could probably name all the Scottish monarchs from Robert the Bruce to King James II. Then I went to Belfast with my program, which was quite the experience. One of the taxi drivers called it “the biggest open air asylum in the world” and while it might have been an exaggeration, it wasn’t by much. Even the lighthearted stuff is a little strange. They have a Titanic museum. That in itself should be weird. There is just a completely different situation up there, it is crazy to think that this is something that is dealt with on a day-to-day basis. Anyway, we also saw the Giant’s causeway, which was really pretty! Except we also got rained on, which was a bummer.
Fishamble internship has been going well; a lot of it is reading new plays, which is super exciting! This week nobody is in the office, so I have been assigned some play writing assignments. Will be interesting to work out.
Things are picking up! Last week, I saw three shows in Dublin: Distance from the Event, Major Barbra, and Fair Balls T’yis: A Football Opera. All of them were really great, and were all really different. Both Distance from the Event and Fair Balls T’yis were part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, which is going on right now. There are so many shows going on right now that it is impossible to watch them all! I was able to see Major Barbra through my Irish Theater class that I am taking with my study abroad program. Classes have started, and while our classes don’t meet often, I am still trying to figure out how to fit everything in. The biggest obligation I have is to my new internship. The internship is at the Fishamble company in Dublin, who work with playwrights to develop new plays. While the internship only takes about 15 hours a week, combined with my classes and transit time, I still have a pretty busy day. I have only been there for one day, but I can tell that most of my time will be spent reading new plays and critiquing them. Both a blessing and a curse I suppose; on the one hand I get to let my inner critic run wild, on the other hand, I have a feeling that my level of interaction with other people might be pretty low. Hope not.
This weekend I was able to go to Newgrange, a neolithic site in Ireland. There is some art that people can still view, even after thousands of years of this site existing. Fortunately, a lot of it has been underground, and only recently been uncovered. Definitely a must-see for anyone who is visiting Ireland!
Just wanted to give a little update about how things are going. I might post some photos later. Gotta run! Fishamble awaits!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m studying abroad this semester. On Monday, I arrived exhausted from 12+ hours of traveling, and had to stand in line for 2 hours waiting to get through customs. After I completed that ordeal (the actual stamping of my passport was relatively painless) I then went to the arrivals area, where I could not locate the other members of my program. I had to use a payphone (didn’t have coverage yet). The folks at my program’s headquarters suggested I travel to their center in Dublin via taxi. While in the taxi, I asked the taxi driver about Irish Travelers (Irish Travelers are very similar to gypsies). He said that he never met an Irish traveler he liked, and that most, if not all, are parasites. He then dropped me off at the center for my study abroad program, wherein I met Ashley, who is the head of various study abroad programs in Ireland. He showed me my apartment (which is really close to where I will be taking classes!) and then left me to sleep. I would later meet my roommate and my RA, both of whom are really great.
The next two days, we would be in Orientation, where we learned about Irish culture, how to be safe, and how Irish and American culture is different. On Tuesday, the folks who ran my program treated us to a wonderful dinner, and we were able to get to know the other students a little better. On Thursday, we had a tour of Dublin and I definitely think that most of the places we saw I will have to go visit again, since the tour drove by them pretty quick. I am going to have to figure out the bus system, as walking everywhere only gets you so far. That being said, it seems as though the Irish walk around a lot more than Americans. As a side note: when an Irishman tells you something is “ten minutes away” be prepared to walk 30 minutes. Also, make sure to be careful when crossing the street. Jaywalking is the norm here, and it can be very dangerous. I think I am over being Jet-lagged, but am still dealing with some hydration issues.
Yesterday, I had two interviews for my theater internship. Unfortunately, neither of them went well. The first one, the interviewer didn’t show up. The other interview hadn’t communicated well what they had in mind what I would be doing, so when I got there, they began talking about an internship that didn’t really interest me. Which is a bummer, because the people I met there were really great. We are working it out so that there could be an internship that is what I would want to be working with.
I was really nervous about this whole experience at the beginning, but I think I am much more excited and ready to explore!