posted on August 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm

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being in a play can be hard work

things are moving forward with our musical now

we are moving off scripts n into memory

ive learnt about 2 thirds of it now

but sometimes i reach for a line n come up empty handed

its quite a complicated play as far as things are all happ’nin’ at once

everybody on stage at once all doing different things

you gotta remember yer lines

walk along with another actor talking

without him obscuring you or you obscuring him

you gotta arrive in the right time at the right place

co ordinate yer motions so on a certain word a certain something occurs

theres people popping up all over the place a lot of the time

the directors got it all “blocked”

that means everyone has to know where to be n when

its not like being in a rocknroll band

then ya can just do whatever ya like at any old time

wanna do the splits or a mick jagger waddle?

wanna stand still wanna jump up n down?

sure…go for it…no ones gonna mind

but in a musical play you gotta remember a lot of stuff

you gotta know other peoples lines too because theyre cues

dont get in peoples way

dont turn yer back on the audience

be authentic be funny be sad be crazy be in tune

wow its a multi-disciplined doo dah and it takes a lotta concentration

you cant drift off for a minute or you could wreak havoc on yer play

drying up on a line is my greatest fear

an actor gives ya yer cue and you go to say yer line n its gone from yer mind

you might have rehearsed it a 100 times but it still is liable to get forgotten

you gotta hammer the lines into yer head

you feel terrible letting the side down

its like a footy team you all gotta be on the ball all the time

one false move n the whole thing can go outta control

well i’m not really an experienced actor so  this is all still somewhat new for me

next time you go see a play n the actors are all moving round seemingly at random

watch closely…its probably all tightly choreographed

its all been rehearsed n rehearsed until its tight

still the cast is excellent

john paul young is brilliant as the brutal drunkard akbar

cora IS gypsy fire with all her sorrow n joy

luke is the normal son in a van park full of weirdos, a deceptively simple gig

for someone only seventeen hes playing his part perfectly

catriona is the snobby english tourist the object of curlys desire

shes acting up a storm too

king curly is our band of musicians and theyre just right

the music is very catchy n the lyrics are pithy

great songs some of which could almost be hits

the plot n dialogue are engaging n our director john is resourceful n encouraging

i guess that leaves me n i’m doing my best as the pompous old hippy nebauchenezzar

hes a bit cosmic hes a bit wordy hes a bit of a heroic goose

sound familiar

i mean this part was made for me

now i gotta do it justice

yikes i should be learning my lines instead of typing this

nevermind i will do that right now

hope you can come to see this one in sept at the seymour centre

i sing i dance and i make some grandiose pronouncements

whatmore do ya want?


24 Responses to “play and work”

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 August 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    You sound enthralled in the production, this part was truly made for u. You will do fantastic. Good luck and break someone else’s leg (cuz breakin ur own really f-in hurts).

    as always,

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    Ron Bonham | 17 August 2010 at 2:04 am #

    Well good thing yer off the jazz at the moment as it won’t help at all trying to memorise lines. Things are slowing back to normal here in IL land; PT for our singing so we’re shut down for the next few months. CD release show on Nov. 6 is all we have on the books but still need to mix and have our LP mastered.


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    cazziem | 17 August 2010 at 2:58 am #

    The play sounds really interesting SK, or should I say Nebauchenezzar?!

    I remember fondly playing lead roles in various productions, and still remember how a lot of cast members took a while to be able to make the part look relaxed and flowing yet being timed to the second almost. Oh to be young again!

    I’m just said that a lot of us won’t get to see this production, but perhaps once it’s done and dusted you could give us some kind of monologuey thingy, in character of course?

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    Cecilia | 17 August 2010 at 3:30 am #


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    mr.ricky | 17 August 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Steve Kilbey: Song & Dance Man!!! AWESOME!!!

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    BLurredcrusader | 17 August 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Man, that seems stressful! I didn’t know you were venturing into stage acting.

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    Tanya | 17 August 2010 at 6:34 am #

    What came to mind reading your blog today: A comment you made at one of your concerts in S.F; it got a bit crowded on stage, and you mentioned it being like “Picadilly Circus.” It feels like that now, but it will be tight come September!

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    Karen | 17 August 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Sounds like fun keep you off the streets.. I feel guilty reading your blog sometimes I think well if he wasnt and Iconic aussie musician with a great jawline.. would you give a shit if he was in a play ? writing poems? . If you said you were doing the ironing I probably still like it. Ok maybe not.

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    Cut & Action! | 17 August 2010 at 7:49 am #

    There’s nothing really to being an actor or acting! Just faking it really and memorizing a bunch of words! Hogwash really, and overpaid for it too, all the Hollywood types. Back in Shakespears day they were eating grass and dirt, now those Hollywood types are snobbish and insincere. I’m not knockin your fun SK, just givin my 2 cents worth! Same way i feel about sports…overpaid and egotistical bunch.

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    bvstealthblue | 17 August 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Cool! I can’t say that I like a lot of “Musicals”, but there are a few. In your case, however, I would LOVE to see it. I doubt I’ll make it on down under anytime “soon” (ha-ha), but if I was heading that way, I would definitely check it out. I’m sure you’ll pull it off beautifully…and with out choking on a line! I’ve done that before in a college play once, and that is where improv comes in I guess! So, anyway you look at it, you’ll do great!

    You cracked me up so hard just now, I almost spit up my drink, when you were mentioning the difference of being in a rock band versus doing a music play!! What really got to me was the “Mick Jagger waddle” HA-HA!! That was priceless!

    Anyway, I just want you to know that it is realy wonderful that you’re involved in that project. I really hope you “knock ’em dead”!! So, is this play being video recorded? AND, if so, is there any chance that video could somehow make it on to this blog??? I know certain “permissions” could probably be an issue, but seriously, THAT would be great!

    Well, here’s looking at you, kid…Go get ’em!! As always, I wish you nothing but the very best. Lots o’ peace, love and support from across the miles…many, many miles…


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    princey | 17 August 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Don’t worry sk, I know you’ll be good at this gig, you were made for the stage! Practise, practise, practise, that’s all you can do 🙂
    Good luck,
    love Amanda

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    mark griffith | 17 August 2010 at 8:45 am #

    i’m sure you’ll be great…you’re a showman! have fun…wish i could see it!
    take care

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    veleska1970 | 17 August 2010 at 10:25 am #

    yeah, it does sound pretty complex. it’s the ultimate multi-tasking, that’s for sure. forgetting my lines would terrify me, too.

    but no worries~~you’ll be fantastic. my regret is that i won’t be able to see you. 🙁 have fun and enjoy yourself.

    lotza love…..

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    Brien Comerford | 17 August 2010 at 10:38 am #

    SK is on a par with MACCA in reference to having so many eclectic talents.

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    frank | 17 August 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Been awhile since ive been here. Seems like things are going great for you. Heard one of your tunes in Chiles Restaraunt in Massachusetts the other night. Unified Field always liked that one. A bit bouncy for you guys great pop tune. Hope your getting your royalties!!!!

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    frank | 17 August 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Dont they have teleprompters???? Just kidding. If you can remember all those words to all those songs you guys do in concert you will do great at the play.

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    Steven Krut | 17 August 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    “i guess that leaves me n i’m doing my best as the pompous old hippy nebauchenezzar
    hes a bit cosmic hes a bit wordy hes a bit of a heroic goose
    sound familiar”

    That’s so funny. I hope you have a great time and meet lots of wonderful people.

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      DavidP | 17 August 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      cosmic wordy heroic goose
      i thought that was pretty funny too, good on ya Steve

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    Donna | 17 August 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Yikes! The pressure’s on!! What a great experience. Wish I could see it….I’d love to see you dance!

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    Lonely City | 17 August 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Hey Steve!

    Thanks so much for the painting!!!! It’s Awesome! Good luck and have fun on your play…your a busy man and a man of mystery! How do you do it all???? Your too cool bro! Thanks for the painting and written word that goes along with it! I enjoyed all of them really!

    Amazing words straight from the painting…

    “…your breakfast is a quick piss and a look around
    look out the window, what do you see?
    a thousand lonely faces looking back at thee
    not a nice place to visit and you wouldn’t want to live there either
    i watch the big blue cross flash from my window…”

    Cheers my friend, glad to re-join The Time Being again (formerly Saint Louie on the old site fyi)!


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    andy | 17 August 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    ‘Steve Kilbey’s character, Nebauchadnezzar, is Van Park’s most mysterious resident. He is a folky shaman with a troubled past who once plied the prog-rock circuit back in its heyday’
    excuse me steve,
    but where does the acting bit come in again?

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      Lara | 17 August 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      Had to smile at that, Andy.

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    ethereal butterfly | 17 August 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    I admire your courage re your thespsian challenge. I hope you don’t mind me passing on some tips as a drama teacher, (and have tread the boards a bit over the years) an effective way of learning is Kinaesthetically. This style of learning triggers the brain’s memory and this works especially well if you are a person who finds it hard to sit still when learning something new. If you have a particularly long speech or a piece of dialogue which is difficult to memorise, at home, you can divide the speech up into cartoons, as in a storyboard. Butchers paper is best. Draw a box for a picture and below it a section for some dialogue. The dialogue contains 1 or 2 separate ideas. Then draw stick figure pictures which will cue the brain to remember them. For example: ‘Flying between the cold moon and earth’ (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) you might draw a person or bird flying between a blue (cold) moon and the earth. Then after you have drawn the storyboard, you stand up and say each section and act out (kinaesthethics) the action of the drawing very simply. Keep doing this until you no longer need to read the words, only glance at the pictures, so make them big. It’s actually a fun process and it does work, I guarantee it. Also want to share this; ‘acting is breathing’. If you panic, slow down your breathing and provided you have learnt the words they will come back to you. Looking forward to more updates on your progress, have fun with it.

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    Freddie | 19 August 2010 at 12:21 am #

    I bet you’ll do just fine. I sure would like to see your play, perhaps someday, perhaps some other play.

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