May 18, 2008

3rd and final year at Warwick.

I’m 22 and in my final year now. I have an exam on Tuesday. As long as there’s a question about Sondheim on my “Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists” paper, I’m absolutely fine—I directed a production of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” that ran in the Warwick Arts Centre Studio from the 14th – 17th May. Photos here! Directing was a very interesting process and the show was a sell-out success, but I still far prefer being on stage to being behind it. Speaking of, I’ll be in “Macbeth” at the end of term as Lady Macduff (amongst other small characters).

I’m happy, I’m healthy, and I’m tentatively planning for my big scary wide-world future that opens its doors in July. Fingers crossed it’s sunny out there.

December 21, 2006

Hello world, v.2

Follow-up to Hello world! from Unadulterated Lyds.


I’ve changed the colour scheme of this blog. It was obtrusively neon.

I am 9 days away from turning 21. Yay!

In my second year at the University of Warwick. Was in the MTW musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the end of Term 1, and am in the MTW musical “Copacabana” in Term 2 after the Christmas holidays. I have no New Year’s Eve plans as yet. I should probably get on that.

The RADA course was amazing, I adored every minute. I hope one day I’ll be able to study there full time, but only time will tell!

In November, I attended my brother’s wedding in California. It was an amazing, beautiful, emotional day. I had never understood why people cried at weddings, but as a bridesmaid standing on the altar watching my soon-to-be sister-in-law walking down the aisle towards my brother… I got very teary eyed indeed!

Here’s one of the photos of me from the day (taken by the professional photographer):

I have many other photos at my flickr site (not just of the wedding):

I am hopefully returning to California in March for another friend’s wedding, and then AGAIN for the summer to work. I really love it there, far more than I ever expected to. A summer of sunshine and beaches sounds blissful, even if the theatre scene over there is a little dry. The massive bonus of staying in southern California is that I have family there, and my brother’s in-laws have generously offered not only to put me up, but also to give me use of one of their cars. That kind of offer is very hard to refuse, particularly as it means I can earn money in a far more relaxed way and not stress out over paying the rent.

Will update you again when I have something new to tell. :)

June 01, 2006

Hello world!

So, when you do a Google search for “Lydia King”, this is the first thing that pops up. I therefore feel somewhat obligated to make this more than just a blog I created on a whim to complain about Sue Perkins.

Who am I? I am currently at 20 year old student at Warwick nearing the end of my first year. I have an exam tomorrow at 9:30am, which would explain why at 11:32pm I am procrastinating with this blurb on the internet rather than actually doing any revision. Hooray for first year marks not counting!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m studying English and Theatre Studies. I very much want to pursue acting as a serious career and hope to attend drama school after I graduate. This summer I’m doing the 4 week long RADA summer school – last summer I was travelling around the world, so this one had to be pretty fantastic in another way to live up to it.

It’s hard to know what to put in these sort of self indulgent rambles. What defines a person? Do the following things define me?
- I’m a realist bordering on pessimism.
- Some days I’m a comedienne.
- I frequent a dire existential crisis on a quasi-regular basis depending on whether my life is keeping me entertained or not.
- I sit near Gandhi on those dinky little political scale charts.
- I’m a pacifist and consequently extremely unsatisfied with the state of the world.
- I’m vegetarian for ethical reasons – don’t shove steak in my face and I won’t talk about corpses at dinner. Agreed?

It rarely happens in real life, but I have run out of things to say. So I’ll leave you with a recent photograph.

October 10, 2005

Sue Perkins — not perky.

As a perk (as opposed to the title, this pun is not intended) of being a steward for the Arts Centre, I am occasionally gifted with free tickets to see the less popular shows. This time around two other stewarding friends and I were given a tickets for us and a friend each to see Sue Perkins' stand up comedy show. Six of us went, open-minded and happily brandishing our complimentary tickets, to see her "Spectacle Wearer of the Year" performance on Saturday night.

It should have clicked that it was a less popular show for a reason, but it didn't. I thought it was going to be wonderful. I was woefully disappointed. No. That's an understatement. I came away desperately in need of a laugh, and feeling guilty for having invited other people to see it with me!

I'm not one of those people who goes to see a show with a "You must thrill me! I shall sit here with a stoic expression on my face until you stun me with your brilliance!" mindset. Comedy in particular can be extremely hard to pull off well — even the most professional comedians/comic actors in the world falter when faced with a blank, silent audience. They're only human and they're putting themselves in a very vulnerable, challenging position. As a performer myself, I always try to support them by (at the very least) chuckles out loud at even the weaker jokes, and isn't afraid to belly laugh when something really is amusing.

I tried with Sue, I really did. I desperately wanted to find her funny, I just… couldn't! I managed one, maybe two half-hearted, very forced sniggers before I gave up and started praying for it to end. There were a few in the small audience who did laugh out loud and seem to enjoy the show, thank goodness, so I didn't feel too bad about my lack of laughter and the fact I had begun to vaguely hate her. While others chortled, my friends and I sat in incredulous silence as she regailed us with tales of her demented, obese, vindictive 2 year old niece and of her opinion of the art that hangs in NHS waiting rooms. She was self-deprecating in a horribly painful, cringe-inducing way. Her final punchline didn't even invoke a smile or even a groan — it was without doubt the lowest point of the show, being the least funny (yet most built up) joke she told the whole night.

What I'd seen of her previously on TV I really liked. I just think she works better as part of a comedy duo doing sketches, or reacting to current events with witty remarks. Long stories are not her forte. I think she's probably one of those people who'd be nice to have as a friend, her stories just didn't quite work on stage; her humour seemed forced and as if she was trying far too hard. Maybe in a more intimate setting she'd be bearable!

Good luck to you Sue, but next time stick to what you're good at!

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