My two shows at Tititrangi Drame Inc.

Much Ado was amazing. I got to play Beatrice which is just a gift for an actress. Unfortunately though the opening night was a night I will never forget for all the wrong reasons.

The show went well but it was the big launch night so I was late home- and I forgot my keys. Not wanting to wake anyone I tried to climb the fence to get to the back door. And slipped. Not a big fall, more of a swing. But the inflammation in my wrists never went down and I got random swelling in my knees and ankles and it hurt to breathe.

So I spent the entire run in huge amounts of pain and with a fever that nearly had me pass out backstage. And I didn’t know what was going on. The only relief was with steroids, which should have been the first clue.

Sadly one of the backstage people took major offense at my “dramatising” even though not once did it affect the performance. And I only asked for help a few times to get changed because my fingers were too sore to unzip my costumes.

I was diagnosed about a month later. It was a very fast onset, usually RA develops over a couple of years.

So by the time Market Forces came about I was not having very much fun at the club. Small groups and gossip and all that. Still the part was different and there were some great cast members.

Shows at Waitemata Theatre, 1999.

Steel Magnolias: Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (yes played by Julia Roberts in the film)

Pioneering Petticoats: Helen Buxton. Own costume and also dressed Sarah Buxton.

Snow Queen: Enchantress

The Press March 30 2009.

I would link to the article online except I cannot find it.

Credits go to Kirk Hargreaves for the photo and Rebecca Todd for the article (page A 3)

An interview for Joint Effort put out by Arava. I had to stop taking this due to just being too ill too often. Unfortunately my RA went a tad out of control after that resulting in long term high doses of steroids.

DMARDs are not a cure, nor are they even a means to almost full health. But they can take you from being barely able to breathe without pain to being able to daily activities.

Attack of the clones

Link: Attack of the clones

At this weekend’s Armageddon pop cultural expo in Auckland, some of New Zealand’s most obsessive fans – those who dress as Star Wars characters – will again gather.

Michaela de Bruce

Age: 32 
Occupation: Performer/costumer

Character: Padme, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

Picture: Making friends at Armageddon

Link: Picture: Making friends at Armageddon

Crash Bandicoot meets Catwoman (Michaela de Bruce) at the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland.

The best of Armageddon 2010

Link: The best of Armageddon 2010

Armageddon 2010 came to a close yesterday. An estimated 40,000+ punters poured through the gates over the course of the weekend, and Game Console was in attendance.

BEST COSPLAY I noticed a number of extremely cool cosplay efforts over the course of the expo, but one or two in particular really caught my eye. I have to give special props to Michaela de Bruce, the judge of the cosplay competition. I didn’t realise she was the judge when I first saw her in her Samara costume (of Mass Effect 2 fame). De Bruce later revealed that she spent over 40 hours sculpting the headpiece alone. On day one, she was my pick to take out the competition (until I learned who she was and realised she wasn’t eligible).

Ange and I representing the SCA in Auckland. 

NZ Herald Weekend edition, page 5 of the Weekender lift out.

Note to photographers: I always look snooty from that angle if I have to look down the lens. Especially if I ignore the height difference between me and others in frame. I need to stop hunching for others in frame at conventions. Snooty is better than rumpled and bendy 😉

The Aucklander Article, october 2010

Link: The Aucklander Article, october 2010

The Aucklander photo, Masking the Pain

Behind every mask there’s a story. Charlotte Woodfield talks to an artist who doesn’t
let aches get in the way of moulding her characters.

Michaela de Bruce by NewsWire on flickr on Flickr.

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