Ann Leung

Gimme The Gun

 

What's it like to wear a gun?

The thing about acting is that you get to be characters who are so removed from your everyday life.

Lately I've been parading around as a slightly neurotic cop in MATES Theatre Genesis's production of Neil Simon's comedy "The Odd Couple- Female Version" - directed by Debie Spearitt. 

Last week, after the show, an elderly gentleman murmured in my ear "You can be my sergeant any day."
I waved my truncheon playfully at him. "Oh no, don't use that thing on me!" he exclaimed.
"Handcuffs?" I asked
"Handcuffs would be fine," he said.

ahem, and I always thought uniforms were to pull chicks! 

It's been a privilege to be working with such a terrific cast and crew

Final shows are this Friday 16th & Saturday 17th June - 7:45pm at Birkdale Hall, Birkdale, Redlands.

Book Tickets

  

 

(photos courtesy of MATES Theatre Genesis - Greg Pope)

 

New Single from Diddly Squat

 

That Band I play in ... we have an official single! 

Written by fellow band member Kath Ridgway after battling breast cancer: "It is amazing how wonderful a simple sunrise, green grass and spending time with those we love can be.”

it's a cracking feel good song..... Check it out

Can a goose be a ham? . . . Acting Debut

 

Hi folks,

Happy New year and hope you have been refreshed by the festive season.

We're currently in the midst of final acting rehearsals for the "Australia Day" play which opens on Australia Day at Redland Museum. After 3 months immersed in it, I have to say it's been an absolute delight working with director, Ray Noonan, and fellow cast and crew from Mates Theatre Genesis.

I have vivid memories of feeling overwhelmingly awkward at school Speech and Drama classes, so it's been a wonderful surprise to discover that acting can be a ton of fun. It's a learning curve for sure, but I've got an inkling that's what makes it so enjoyable.
My biggest lesson in this latest sojourn:

Drop the judgement!

Allow yourself to experiment and explore without judgement and wondrous things may develop.  

....  it actually works

ASA Songwriting Contest - Top 30

 

 Breaking News - two songs from dreams of a wildgoose are through to the "Top 30" in the Australian Songwriters Association - Songwriting Contest.
"Stanley" - Ballad category 
"Mahatma" - Spiritual Category 

I honk therefore I am

 

Last month I put my hand up to do a stint of Public Speaking. It was a 12 minute prepared speech fashioned along the lines of a TED Talks event. It surprised me that I put myself forward, but on reflection I realise that I've had a long held fascination with Public Speaking.

In Grade 1, I spontaneously put up my hand to do a "Show and Tell" morning talk. I was super excited - our family had just returned from a trip to Mt. Isa, and I thought I had some interesting stories to share. Alas, when I walked to the front of the classroom and saw the sea of expectant faces staring at me, I froze. I stood there paralysed, trying to find the words, one word, any word...

After what seemed like an eternity, my very kind teacher, Mrs Johnson suggested I might like to sit down and perhaps speak again on another day. Well I never felt the desire to proffer myself again, but there were a number of occasions in the ensuing years, where it was no longer a voluntary exercise, but a compulsory activity.

I learnt from that experience the importance of preparation, and that with preparation, one could deliver a half-decent talk. On the occasions, where I've had to speak, I came to understand that Public Speaking really starts with the writing, which is an activity I've always savoured....

Desire & Fear

 

Standing at the kitchen bench, peeling carrots recently, it strikes me that the journey of recent years has been a marriage of DESIRE and FEAR.

There's been this carrot of possibilities constantly dangling in front of my beak...the possibility of creating something glorious and beautiful, the possibility of momentarily connecting with another being. As the story goes, to taste the carrot, one has to bust through the fear... the fear of being judged, the fear of failing, and ultimately the fear of being a complete goose.

Breaking Bread

The world through her eyes

 

One of the joys of experiencing art of any kind, whether it be visual art, music, poetry, novels, is the chance to glimpse the world through the eyes of another human being. 

Often the designers and photographers who help shape the image of a musician go largely unacknowledged.

I'm so proud to congratulate Chris Hall for taking out the Best PR Photo Award at the recent QLD MUSIC DESIGn AWARDS ...and what was the photo?....none other than the cover shot from my album "dreams of a wildgoose".

Chris did an astounding job with the album artwork. I asked her to make the album cover that matched the music - and I reckon she nailed it! It so aptly symbolises my musical journey, which has been one of unfurling on so many levels. It represents joy, growth, possibilities, and pays tribute to my cultural heritage, and my place in the world as a "wildgoose".

   Congratulations Chris!!! & such a gracious acceptance speech. 

 

Semi-Finalist UK Songwriting Contest!

 

I have friends who'd say music is not about competition, and I'd agree. However, there's some burning desire for feedback on how the broader musical industry might guage these songs, and I keep entering! I guess external affirmation is always nice.
That ol' chestnut "Stanley" & "Will I Remember" received a Semi-finalist placing in the UK Songwriting Contest 2015 "Mahatma" got an Honorable Mention! Happy goose.

a gaggle of real musos

 

I never imagined that making music could be part of my life experience, particularly since I've had a long held aversion (since kindy) to singing & performing. After accidentally writing my first song 5 years ago, I found myself so wrapped up in the joy of creating something new, that learning to sing and perform became a natural and necessary part of the journey.

Here's the video footage of the debut album launch concert ....i's not a flawless performance by any means, but certainly a milestone for this lil goose playing with a gaggle of real musicians, and being responsible for putting together a whole show.

On reflection, I realise the value is as much about the journey of unfurling,
as it is the actual collection of songs. 
Don't we all do our best work when we follow what truly fires and grows us?

Thank you to the wonderful audience, Michael Bourne (Folk Rag), the "wildgoose orchestra" and special guests Michael Fix & Diddly Squat Band

 

 

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