Monday, 23 May 2011

To blog or.....

               To blog or 

                     Where did it go right?
                     Where did it go wrong?
                     Would I do it again?
                     Better to blog, or ebook or weebly?

            Questions i’m asking

       Why not facebook?
       Why didn’t you comment?
       Should I correct apostrophes?
       For one off projects or for a course?    

                  Did it replace blackboard?

                                                                                    How password was distributed
P                                                                Personal enough to follow?

If                                                                If it’s just for us, why make it public?

                                                                 Was it visual?


The blog is an easy and simple way to communicate and keep all your pictures, video's weblinks etc in one place...
I found using the blog easy and simple.. When you click on 'New post' there is a bar across the top of the comments box with icons, where you can insert images, video's, links and jump breaks.

The pictures and links uploaded almost instantly, but I found the video's took too long to upload, or just didn't upload at all... Video clips from youtube and on the web uploaded. But when I tried to upload video's from my documents, it would not upload.

We blogged everything... Updates from what happened in lessons with pictures and video's. Good research sites. Script idea's, costume idea's, questions etc.... and everyone who follows the blog can comment on it, so we were able to get other peoples opinion..

The blog is accessable to anyone with internet, and is very easy to find...

Hope this is useful, Ria :)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

To blog or.....

please add a comment about the use of blogs from our recent experience. thank you

I have found the blog quite useful, not only for communication, but also as a research tool. It enables the group to access all the same materials at the same time (so no excuses), if you are absent for a day or so, you can visit at any time and see what work has been carried out while you've been away. 

due to its nature, being online, you are able to upload pictures, videos, mp3's, website links and a whole host of other useful gems. so if you find a link to a good website all you have to do is copy and paste the url and it turns it into a link on the blog. 

however, it's not all rainbows and unicorns, the only way that a blog will work properly is if everyone views it on a fairly regular basis (for our show it was getting updated so often that at least twice a week was necessary)also it will only work if everyone puts in a fair amount of work to it. if you find research and don't upload it, you aren't helping the group or the project you are working on. 

hope this has been helpful Paul 

Friday, 20 May 2011

Unit 4 Presentation .... Ria :)

Unit 4  - Non Omnis Moriar


0        Devising techniques          
0        The Collaborative process
0        Forced Entertainment
0        View points training
0        How memory works
0        Different types of memory. E.g. long term, short term, flashbulb, collective..
0        What is memory?
0        Suzanne Corkin
0        The story of Henry Moliason
0        Script writing
0        Blog/Facebook
0        The hippocampus
0        Synapsis
0        Mnemonics
0        Attended a production meeting on the 06/04/11

In this presentation I  am going to focus on….
My research into the story of H.M
0       How in depth was it?
0       Where and how did I source it?
0       What did I see/read that most influenced me?
Viewpoints (Article and lessons)
0       What have I gained from my viewpoints training?
0       How did the reading and the sessions benefit my research into my character?
The Blog
0       How did the Blog influence my practice?
0       How did it inform the groups practice?
0       Was it useful?
0       Did it work how we wanted it to work?
0       How could it have been used more effectively?

Research into the story of H.M.

0       When we were first given the topic of memory, I struggled with the research as it is such a big subject..
0       Science / Brain
0       When we were given the story of H.M, I then found it easier to research.
0       WHY??
0       Because I was really interested in the story. This made it easier for me to research, as I was researching because I wanted to find out more, not because we were told to.
0       I feel my research was quite in depth as once I read H.Ms story, I would do more research into other aspects of the story that interested me.
0       For Example Brenda and Suzannes relationship.
0       Not a lot of information about them in the Esquire article.

Research into the Story of H.M.
Where did the research come from?
0       Newspaper articles online
0       T.V show BBC 4 The Brain -
0       Radio interviews with Suzanne Corkin
0       Radio interviews which included audio footage of H.M. Speaking to Suzanne
0       Articles from the M.I.T website written about H.M and his progress by Suzanne Corkin  -
0       Emails from Suzanne
0       YouTube clips -      
0       Internet Websites about H.M
0       The Brain Observatory website Slicing of the brain.
0       Video clips from CBS.

Research into the story of H.M
How was the research sourced?
0       From links that were posted on the Blog
0       Links on other websites directing you to specific information
0       Information in Radio interviews that linked to web pages and science blog.
0       Emails from Suzanne Corkin.... How did I get her email?
0       She replied to my emailed which had links to articles that she wrote about H.M., Which included tests and tables to show his improvements
0       She also sent me a word document which she had typed explaining about the Changeover from Brenda to Suzanne and how it happened.
0       This helped inform my research because it gave me a better idea about the relationship between Brenda and Suzanne, and between Suzanne and Henry.

Viewpoints Training
What have I gained from my viewpoints training?
0       I felt like I gained a lot from the viewpoints lesson and from reading the article. 
0       I understood the article, and could identify with most of the viewpoints.
0       It helps me to identify with how my character would act if she were nervous 
0       In the video clip I am about to play, Suzanne is about to meet Henry for the first time so she is feeling nervous.
0       Lets watch the video clip……..

Viewpoints Training
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How did the blog inform the groups practice?
0       Kept the group up to date on developments that had been happening during the lessons
0       If someone was absent, they were able to see what stage we were at by viewing the blog updates.
0       Put our research, script ideas, character ideas on the blog so that the rest of the group could see our developments.
0       Communication
0       Pictures and videos we could refer back to them
0       Ideas - Questions
0       It also helped inform other disciplines of where we were in the rehearsal process.

Was it useful and how could it have been used more effectively?
0       More people using the blog
0       More people updating
0       More ideas and contributions posted onto the blog, as in lessons there were so many ideas, but some were forgotten as they werent written down, so by posting them on the blog, we could always refer back to it.
0       Missing out on good research sites There were so many sites and videos posted on the blog that some people missed out on as they werent using it.
0       The production team said, they found using the blog very useful as they were kept up to date on our devising process.
0       They also posted all the information from the Production meetings on the Blog, so we were able to see where they were at in their process, along with Set and design who posted images of the developments on the set for the show.

The Blog and Ria

0       Personally, I really enjoyed using and updating the blog.
0       It was easy to update and upload images and videos. So we could then go back and see what we have done.
0       Updating the blog was a lot easier and quicker than writing logs at the end of every session, and it all stays in one place.
0       The research sites, and videos etc that were posted on the blog, were really useful and I used them to contribute to my research.
0       There was a lot of tutor/student communication.

0        Double take, collective memory and currant artThe southbank centre/ parkett/ 1992
0         Viewpoints and composition reading  from the Viewpoints book. Page 7 -13
0        Forced entertainment – the travels 2002, the anti theatrical director, the company
0        The performers guide to the collaborative process – Sheila Kerrigan
0        Organising your material, getting stuck in and cutting.
0        Posterior Para hippocampal place learning in H.m – Suzanne Corkin
0        Email:
0        Double take, Collective memory

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


sounds really good. if you did not get a copy of the metro article today, come and get one in the office. also, look back at the blog, entries such as collaboration in march ask some important questions. Maybe study the brief together as well and see what the criteria are so that you can address them in your presentations. remember presentations will go onto blog!
Come and get your responses to articles to use in your presentations from the office.

Presentation Study Day!


Actors, as we have Presentations on Thursday, myself and few others from our group have decided to have a Presentation Study Day at Uni tomorrow...
We are going to nab a room that is free, work on our presentations, show them, time them give each other feedback etc etc... As we feel it will be very helpful and a good practice for Thursday!!

You are all invited to pop along and work with us... we are meeting in the Canteen at 10am, then we will go and find a room!

Riaaa :)

Monday, 9 May 2011


Well done everyone. 4 shows, 1 q&a, the funniest italian run all done. Fourth show was the best. Not much audience feedback on the blog yet. What do you propose we do with blog now?