Friday, 8 December 2017

'Triggered' is not the word

triggered
ˈtrɪɡəd/
adjective
  1. (of a mechanism) activated by a trigger.

    "a triggered alarm"
    • (of a response) caused by particular action, process, or situation.

      "a triggered memory of his childhood

  2. Person 1: "Stop clicking your pen."
  3. Person 2: "Alright, stop getting so triggered!"

Call it being annoyed. Call it being irritated. Call it being distracted. But do not- and I repeat do not call it being triggered

It's just another one of those words that's become so popular for the complete wrong reason. I find it ridiculous that people are still saying things like "I'm so OCD about things being messy" or "Those lines are giving me Autism". It's just wrong on so many levels.

I think the issue is that people are unaware of the severity of their actual meanings. The examples I gave are both diagnostic mental disorders that people have to live with on a day to day basis. Having OCD is not just liking to have things tidy, it's recurring, obsessive thoughts that haunt you. Similarly, you can't catch Autism like- what?!

I think I find the popularity of the word triggered to be the worst because there are people out there who do have triggers. Lots of them. Your unnecessary remarks and poking fun at related issues are only adding to the stigma and making people feel uncomfortable.

In short: just be considerate. I completely understand that it's difficult to always think over your actions, but if just a few more people learnt to bite their tongue, the world might be just that bit of a nicer place.

Linked below is a video I found on YouTube that inspired my interest for this topic. Make sure to check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments or by email.
Lots and lots of love,
Marti xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Flawed


A little poem I wrote about how we're all such perfect, imperfect individuals. 

I can't do everything right,
I know it may come as a fright.
I won't always be there-
It's quite the scare.
I can't do everything right.

-Marti 
xxx

Friday, 24 November 2017

An Interview with The HandleBards






First of all, would you mind telling us a little about who The HandleBards are and what you do?

The HandleBards are a cycling troupe of actors who, every summer, carry all of our set props and costumes on the back of our bikes to perform Shakespeare at a variety of venues all across the UK!
How did the idea of combining Shakespeare and cycling come about? Would you say that it's one of the defining factors that makes your theatre group so unique?
It’s definitely what sets us apart from other theatre companies! It came from four friends knowing that they loved Shakespeare and adventures but thinking that perhaps walking across the UK would take a bit too long. So the next best thing was bikes. None of us were particularly bike savvy before our first tour but it’s safe to say that 5 years and 5 cycle tours later we are big bike fans now!
What's the longest distance you've ever cycled to reach a venue? Was it worth it when you got there?
At least 50 miles, we saw wild horses, had to do a detour to go to a radio station for an interview, nearly ended up on a motorway and we saw another cyclist get hit by a car. It was a very eventful day! The show was full (thankfully) and the audience were great but we were EXHAUSTED that night. It’s difficult for us to do big distances, because of all the weight we’re carrying we tend to go an average of 10-12 miles an hour but that was a LONG day!
After cycling such a way, does it drain you before a show? I was amazed by how much energy there was in your performance.
Yes and no. All HandleBards talk about their first ever 'cycle + show’ day and how exhausted they are. However your body is very flexible to it’s environment and eventually it adjusts and it doesn’t feel so bad - if anything it gives you an adrenaline rush!
Do you get many days off? What would the typical 'relaxed day' for you consist of?
During a typical HandleBards cycle tour we perform 6 days a week, cycle 5 days a week and get Mondays off. Days off we tend to explore the town/city that we are in and later in the tour we always go in search for a spa to just relax!
Would you say that your relationship with the people you perform with is part of what makes your performances so enjoyable?
The relationship between the actors is very important. For the first two years we were just a group of mates and we had a great laugh which was what made the shows so silly and fun I think. Now that we cast actors one of the things we look for is if there personalities will match and if they look like they will have fun together. Otherwise what are we doing it all for?
Where do you stay in between travelling to new venues?
We camp, stay in hotels, airbnbs and at the homes of people who see our show and are kind enough to let us stay - we meet some wonderful people through this and hear some amazing stories.
What would you say is the best thing about performing with The Handlebards?
Making people laugh. Having people say that we made Shakespeare accessible for them or for their kids.
On average, how long does it take you to have a show ready to perform? Learning huge chunks of Shakespeare text is difficult enough without having multiple roles!
We give ourselves 2 weeks to rehearse. We get the script two week in advance of this and try and get off book as much as we can before we go into the room. The shows are always a bit chaotic when we first go out on the road but that adds to the joy!
Finally, if there was one piece of advice you could give to aspiring actors, what would it be?
Just keep making your own theatre. Try out acting, directing, stage management, designing do it all (but give everyone else a chance too!) Getting a well rounded experience will set you up to be a good actor and a friendly one that appreciates everyone else around them - and being a nice person to work with is one of the best qualities to have as people will keep on hiring you!
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions Tom!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Making time for YOU

Hey, you. Yes, you!
You really matter.
I mean it.
My mum said to me once: "Focus on the people that are being kind to you, and if nobody's being kind to you, be kind to yourself." My mum is a very clever lady.

A lot of us spend the majority of our time looking out for others. We drop our own important things to help other people with their important things because of how much we care for them. Sometimes this can really hurt. Sometimes these other people don't realise how much of a sacrifice you have made for them. Sometimes we don't realise it ourselves. 

When did you last do something purely for you? When did you last tell your body how much you love it? 

Sometimes it's important to be selfish. It's a lesson I'm still struggling to get my head around, but one I think we can work on together.

I've had a little think, and of course, have made a list of a few simple ways to care for yourself. 

❤ Care for your skin
❤ Eat well (cake is essential)
❤ Aim for at least eight hours zzz
❤ Have some time away from your phone
❤ Meditate
❤ Think positive thoughts
❤ Remember your worth

That's all, and I hope it was of some use!

Lots of love, 
Marti xxx