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Nuala McKeever – In The Window

October 23, 2015

Nuala McKeever
In conversation with Nuala Mckeever, star of 'In The Window' where she gives us insight into her unique experience as a solo performer. 1. What is your backstage routine before a performance? I like to have an hour on my own to put on make up and costume and “become” the main character, Margaret, in my play In The Window.  I usually drink lots of water and do some voice warming up exercises, because talking for over an hour non-stop is tough on the throat! 2. What is the most rewarding experience for you during a solo performance, as opposed to perfo ...

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Single Travel: Joy of Going Solo

September 11, 2015

Solo TravellerSolo travel is an experience like none other. You feel like a different person, understand life in a different way and you always return changed, on a very fundamental level. Solo travel explains freedom in a way like no other: It allows you to enjoy a destination on your own terms – without the distractions or the schedule of others. It gives you time for contemplation and personal growth. It shows you the importance of the journey, more than the destination. People who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost spiritual experience. To take i ...

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Valentijn Dhaenens – BigMouth

September 7, 2015
Photo Credit: Maya Wilsens
Photo Credit: Maya Wilsens

Getting to know about an actor is an interesting experience, as most of the time we only see them in their on-screen persona. There is so much to learn about them and we rarely get a glimpse into who they are and what they like (or not). Here we are in conversation with Valentijn Dhaenens, solo performer of BigMouth, being featured at the upcoming Going Solo International Theatre Festival 2015. Have a deeper look at this fascinating performer: 1. What is your backstage routine before a performance? Iron my shirt. Whispering some hard bits of the show with my head under a towel. Hum the songs. Ad fundum a cognac. 2. What is the most rewarding experience for you during a solo performance, as opposed to performing in a multi-cast play?

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Solo Adventures Vs. Otherwise

August 14, 2015

There are many moments in life which are sweetened by the togetherness of family, friends, your workmates or even strangers – sharing a cup of tea, a laugh, a night on the town, or even a friendly smile sent across the room. But things like getting a massage, playing badminton, or even fighting involves at least one other person. It begs to question how many of these or other activities are still enjoyable – solo? There will be many different views on this, as what is enjoyable is such a subjective experience. And as many people as there are on this planet, there can be as many different things that can be pleasurable, or as many ways of looking at it. Those of slightly more adventurous spirits may have already even gone against the norm and attempted a number of these activities on ...

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Bigmouth

August 6, 2015

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He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. The absolute truth doesn’t exist. It’s just a pretty lie for those who desire world power, or just the hand of their beloved.

In a tour de force performance, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to 2,500 years of oration. Ingeniously weaving together seminal speeches from the Grand Inquisitor and Socrates to Mohammed Ali and Osama Bin Laden, Bigmouth sh ...

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