Improv …. improve

comedy; stand up comedy; mallorca; glynis german; laughter

Born to perform!

Improvisation!  What a life saver!  I am so happy I signed up for classes with Estudio Gori Artieda last autumn as I have been learning and loving them.  And in Spanish too!

Last Sunday we had a show at Teatre Lloseta with the four courses that are held at this theatre school.  Not everyone participated, some couldn’t and some wouldn’t but when teacher Gori informed us in January that we would have a show on 8th March, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.  As there were 28 students participating, I was dealt two improvisations – one with sentences in a box and the other called “zapping”.

My mantra in the weeks leading up to the show was “I love being on stage” and my face never tired of smiling when I saw myself there.  Impro has helped with my radio show too and I become more confident every time I go in the studio.

After every Monday evening class, sleep was hard to come by as I was buzzing with ideas.  The classes have helped me become more observant as now when I am out and about, I am taking in the moment and looking around rather than rushing through with my eyes closed.  Walking the dog has become a performance and people must wonder what on earth I am doing when I am waving my arms around pretending to be a tree or an animal!

The icing on the cake of this is that I have made a new group of friends.  We went out for dinner last week and I am getting to know some awesome women.  I want to start an improv group and I have a feeling I shall be having lots of fun with them in the months, years to come!  We are all types and all ages and are doing improvisation for different reasons and each and every one of us is meant to be there.

I feel I have climbed a mountain this past autumn and winter.  I was so scared and nervous of trying this “something new” but I pushed myself.  I am pushing myself every class by being the first on my feet to try something new.  I am not sitting down anymore, this is my time, it is never too late and this time it feels right.  I studied drama as part of my Bachelor in Arts degree all those years ago.  I would hide at the back of the theatre.  I got my degree but I never had the confidence to do any theatre, until now.

I was meant to be on the stage!  I am still not sure how or what or when or where but that doesn’t matter anymore.  I have a radio show I am proud of, I have my improv classes which are taking me some place I don’t yet know where.  I have my words on paper which help ground me and release me at the same time.

Sunday was a night to remember!  I was a cockerel, an almond tree, amongst other things!  I was a student, a colleague, a performer and an artist and I couldn’t ask for it to be any other way.   My friend Cati suggested I am still too much in control and she’s right!  Here’s to the next lesson and that is to lose myself in the drama, once and for all!

For drama classes in Spanish                     Facebook: Buffons Teatre

Seeds and watching them grow

Whether you like it or not, things are changing

Whether you like it or not, things are changing

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy

I feel like a sloth!  Moving slowly and only when necessary.  That’s how it has been so far this year, one step at a time, slowly does it.  I have been busy with many different things but at times wonder what it is I am doing.  I have had moments of panic, imagining that there was something I needed to do, something to prove but that passed into a dreamlike state of acceptance that all will be revealed in time.

I paused the project at the Peace Centre due to the owner wanting to come back but I continued looking after the property (she’s not back till later this summer).  People have been using the beautiful, sacred space in return for a donation to cover the various bills and we have had a few things going on: courses in comedy, improvisation, healthy vegetarian cookery and social events such as the menú del días and coffee mornings.

I have managed to do some stand up comedy – on a bus from Inca to Sa Pobla, at the International Women’s Day event and in London and Montreux.  I didn’t think I was particularly good at some of those gigs but I am learning.  It’s a scary place to be, up there on my own with just a mike and an audience.  I wonder why I put myself through the torture especially as the naturally funny me is not there yet and this awkward, insecure woman who trashes herself in her mind with a series of “could do better” type school reports is.  Discipline was never my friend and that’s what it’s going to take, once I get over the sloth phase – I hope!

I have also acted as a wedding celebrant which I love and this season of summer weddings is going to be a great one!  I truly love marrying couples and being part of a day guaranteed to be positive from start to finish.  I get to know a couple in love, they all have different stories and they all impress me again and again with how simple life can be, if we let it.  I hope to add to this work by doing funerals, namings and comings of age and anything else that needs a celebration!  I believe that for those big events in life, we should stop and acknowledge and celebrate them.  By the way, I will travel anywhere to help you celebrate!

I have also been using my voice this year and have done some voice overs for various things.  If you switch on local television, you might hear me telling you all about Mallorca!  I also proposed a radio show at the beginning of the year and this was finally accepted.  Next week I shall be recording my first show for transmission very soon.  You will have to listen to Mallorca Sunshine Radio on 106.1FM and join me with your comments, questions and information on what’s happening and what’s on in Mallorca.  The show is called “The Happiness Café” and I shall be interviewing inspirational people locally and globally.  If you want to join me, please drop me a line, call or even introduce me to someone you think we should speak to!  As I am blessed with so many amazingly, positive friends who inspire me I have no shortage of interviewees and you will get to know them too.

I even managed a two day trip to London to translate for my hairdresser Cristina who will be bringing back a new line in hair products for the island.  It was an intense two days but very exciting and lots of fun!  I felt like a tramp when I saw them at the airport – three glamourous, sophisticated women and hubby David looking dapper.  (Not hubby to all three mind you!)  But so much for them being professional hairdressers – I was the only one carrying a hairbrush with me!  The good news is that this new product is really a big deal and Shiro Beauty Salon in Binissalem will be the first to carry it.  I’ll let you know when it gets here so you can enjoy chemical free products that do a good job with your hair!  Now I am dreaming of being a hairdresser when I grow up.

I am busy, I am in the midst of change, I have no idea where it is taking me but I am living my faith that I am on the right path.  Will I know when I get there?  I don’t even think that’s important anymore because the fact is, it’s how I am today that counts and right now I am happy to be where I am.

Summer loving

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I do!  Words to make me smile and feel good inside.  When we say these words, we open ourselves to a world filled with possibilities and maybe we shouldn’t limit saying these words in a wedding ceremony for magic to happen in our lives.

I enjoy my work as a wedding celebrant in Mallorca and love being a part of a day in which the highest degree of positivity is guaranteed. I insist on meeting the couple beforehand as I like my involvement to be more than just the day of the wedding. This gives me time to personalise the ceremony to fit with their beliefs and characters.

Here is a sample from the ceremony and my thoughts on marriage:

“Marriage is a commitment where two people create and contribute to a relationship based on peace, love and happiness.  In such a relationship, it becomes easy for both to value themselves so that in their giving, they are able to receive, without expectations of the other.  Both partners have their individual freedom to make positive choices based on their values.  In this way, each is free to realize that their loved one is not there to fulfill their needs but to support their growth in an atmosphere of respect, trust, cooperation and joy.   Marriage is the journey to discover the ways in which to grow and appreciate that life is to be lived and learned”.

I see my role as a sort of advisor too. I warn them to expect ups and downs, moments when they can’t cope with themselves anymore and where it is easy to blame their partner. A good marriage has a solid foundation and I remind the couple that values applied to themselves and what they wish for opens all sorts of constant magic between them, no matter what the situation.

Love is in the air

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Looking good!

What makes summer the perfect time to flirt, fall in love or even tie the knot?  The days are longer, the sun almost always shines (if you live in Spain that is!) and people smile a lot more.

To escape from the heat, we spend long days in the shade but come night fall if you are worth your weight in village gold, then you take your fold up chair and place it outside your house and spend hours into the night chatting with your neighbours and watching the world go by.

One wouldn’t imagine that love was possible from outside your front door on a village street where cars pass by occasionally, but love is there if you look hard enough.

Love of the cooler night air, love of the bonding and community that makes up having the perfect neighbours.  Love even of the little snacks offered between homes and love of the different pets who sit with their owners, yapping if they so desire or an occasional growl if the need arises.

So no new summer romance for me… yet!  But loving to love keeps me sane and preparing for a wedding tomorrow makes me excited.  One couple are spending today nervously preparing to tie the knot and I shall be there as their wedding celebrant, filled with love and wonder!

Happy days – viva el verano!