You’ll have gathered a few things are getting in the way of our ENDEAVOUR.
Remote reblock for LYCEUM is proving problematic – how to reconfigure an “entire” show based round a promenade concept ??!!!
Exams , Exams and more dratted exams …
Still needs must when the educational clock is ticking over your school door …
So we plan to break for a bit from the timetable as planned – allows E2\3 to maybe just do something small for their cultural lecturettes – which I repeat should not be stressed about and thought of rather , as entertaining ” highbrow ” banter with chums !
The more entertaining the better actually , and the more insightful they are , the better you’ll feel in the “Space” around ” more creative minded others” next year.
5-7 minutes is ” baby play ” in terms of real research graft , so please give them your best personal effort and find something more interesting and varied to talk about. The world is a big cultural place , why not pick an unusual country and search influential figures in it ?
I need to know your lecturettes topics by Sunday 23rd May and on that day , maybe you can share the ideas behind your topic with your YIN or YANG partner. 2 heads , after all – are better than one…
( I think some of you may get put off by the word research , and so simply chatting ideas with a partner may help you approach things more easily , as your bud could maybe suggest websites or things to look at for reference.
This lecturette is more about seeing/ hearing you make an effort. If you can’t make an effort for 5 minutes of easy research – how will you ever make 5 minutes of better acting happen on stage ?
Which brings me to this qoute and the glorious picture above .
It was said by LOUIE ZAMPERINI.
Some may have by now seen UNBROKEN on SKY BOX OFfICE or even at the cinema last year?
Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, and a fine first film at that.
It looks like a Boys kind of film, but isn’t.
It’s powerful , moving , difficult to watch (in a less gritty but still gripping way). It is full of human emotion and produces outstanding performances, not least of all by the lead – rising young actor Jack O’Connell ( Skins , 71) – who must have endured a torturous prep for making this film , physically and mentally.
The Prisoner of War sequences are brutal and the amount of weight lost from early scenes till then – remarkable ( there would be an element of CGI , but still , you can see how far he went to make this part real for himself and for the protaganist ” Louie ZAMPERINI ” ( sadly no longer with us )
What an amazing human being Louie was , what an inspiration for a better life – his world a succession of positive qoute after qoute…
He was a man who would finish …whatever he started . Someone who never let himself be beaten by the odds . For whom ” giving up ” was never an option.
And as the closing credit scene of the film suggests , never let himself be broken.
I highly recommend it as a ” better ” film , not just because it is one of those Hollywood films that at least chooses not to dwell on pretty girls and fast cars , but because it gives you hope for something you can’t quite put your finger on , but makes that necessary shift :
Somewhere under your rib cage
Just left of your heart
(Please try and watch it before it disappears)
The more I read about Louie ZAMPERINI the more I admire people who can rise above adversity, who just swallow the negative and breathe in the incredible positives to still be found everyday in Life.
So my point is this. Life may be diffuclt for many of you just now: folios , books , past papers , minds crammed with stuff that doesn’t seem relevant to anything you want to do.
… but any learning , any experience, any subject is never wasted.
Knowledge is power, you’ll learn that soon; the ability to hold a conversation on something other than someone’s facebook status or relationship dilemma is going to come in really handy as you ” network ” your way through life.
Interests vary with every new person you’ll meet and that fact you know , that statistic , quadratic equation , literary qoute , foreign word, even that random historical date…not to mention that …incidental bit of ” left field ” cultural insight, will always come in useful.
Like store cupboard ingredients , we pack them up and keep them safe for “rainy days ” – just in case.
Louie ZAMPERINI could have done with some of those “store cupboard” basics in his Japanese ‘hell hole’. But I think he had something more to feed him , to keep him going – ” triumph of the spirit ”
Not all of us are so blessed. But we can try , all we can ever do is – TRY
I leave you with his brother’s words which kept him alive to fulfil his Olympic Dream. Simple, effective , fitting for all our lives:
The rest for you is surely easy? Good times will roll again!
See you back in our ENDEAVOUR Space soon.