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Preston’s Turns of Phrase


(the art of dog dance)

– Preston Carbonaro


Words of the Day

obdurate” (adjective) – Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn, obstinate

Example: Even though his fellow teammates urged him to accept the new coach, the star football player remained obdurate and refused to follow the coach’s directions.

furlough” (noun) – Leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the services or a missionary

Example: Jaime is taking a furlough after being critically wounded in the line of duty.

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Cologne, Germany. Eau de toilette, France

(people from these two cities are known to smell really good…)

– Preston Carbonaro

Panto Officially Announced!

It’s official! 

This year’s panto which I am so happy, excited and proud to be starring in, has been announced!

Evolution Dance Co. Productions’ first theatrical production – Is-Sirena żŻgħira Taħt it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s novel The Little Mermaid, and Disney’s renowned 1989 movie of the same name.

A pantomime which is sure to please audiences of all ages; with slapstick comedy, political humour, double entendres, romance, and more, jam-packed into one awesome performance!


Stay tuned for more details to follow in the weeks/months to come!


– Preston Carbonaro

Words of the Day

waylay” (verb) – To actively block an individual’s path in order to interrogate, detain, etc.; to hold someone up

Example: Reporters attempted to waylay the celebrity at the airport and bombard him with questions, but his security team intervened.

serendipity” (noun) – The fact of finding pleasant or useful things by chance

Example: When I ran into my first love on a singles cruise, I knew it was serendipity at work.

Book Review – “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott called her sister.

Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped he had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .


Book title…

As always, one of my favourite things to do whenever I read a book: to try and spot where the author got the idea or inspiration for his/her book title. In this case, I think Paula Hawkins was making a reference to when women walk into the water during the horrifying and bizarre “Ordeal by Water”, also popularly referred to as “the swimming of witches“.

She could also be referring to when Nel Abbott fell into the water.

The characters…

Compared to Hawkins’ debut thriller – The Girl on the Train – this one is much more character heavy, given the fact that Into the Water has lots more characters (more than ten), each with their own personal secrets. However, the book is mainly centred around three main people – sisters Julie “Jules” Abbott and Danielle “Nel” Abbott, and Nel’s daughter Lena.

Memory as a recurring theme…

Paula Hawkins herself had said in a Waterstones interview that she is “fascinated by memory, and the way memory works”. In Into the Water, we get a bit of a more complex and deeper side of shift in memory. “In this book, I’m more looking at how we can misremember things from our childhood, or we can tell stories about our lives which actually turn out to be not quite true, so we sort of create new memories”, Hawkins says.

Interesting details…

  • One of the things that I really liked in this book were the scattered aquatic allusions. There are references to artworks, such as Francisco Goya’s The Dog, and Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, which both depict someone/something drowning in water.
-The Dog- by Francisco Goya
“The Dog” by Francisco Goya


-Ophelia- by Sir John Everett Millais
“Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais


  • Similes such as “memories which rose now like driftwood out of water” and “his nose purpled, mapped with blue veins which spread to his cheeks like an estuary”. And metaphors such as “Her guilt was liquid, too, it seeped through cracks when she tried to dam it out”.
  • **SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!** Libby (Elizabeth) happens to be the name of Megan’s first-born child, who tragically dies as a result of drowning. Although the two novels have nothing to do with each other, I just found it interesting how the author used the same name for two different people, in two different books, but who suffered the same fate.


Into the Water may be only 353 pages long, but it has a very intricate and deep plot, on several different levels. There was a lot to take in, chew on, piece together, and analyse. And what a plot twist at the very end…

For those who really enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train, I would definitely recommend getting your hands on this dark, gritty, psychological thriller by the same author.


My rating:



– Preston Carbonaro

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Try a little Tinder-ness

(combining Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness with the dating app)

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

The Ottawan Empire

(the Canadian capital’s version of the Ottoman Empire)

Tips on How to Memorise Lines For Theatre Acting

Find yourself often forgetting your lines?

Well, this one’s for all you aspiring actors out there.

Today, I’ll be giving you some examples of how I go about learning my lines, which I hope might be of some help.

Preparing with the script

  • The first thing I would suggest is to read the whole script so that you understand the plot of the play.
  • Go over it again, and highlight your lines so you don’t have to look through all of the script to find them. Whilst doing so, pay close attention to and study the character you will be portraying (their personality, intentions, emotions, etc). Also, feel free to make notes, such as how loudly or softly to speak, to slow down or speed up, and so forth.
  • It may help to write down or circle your cues to speak.
  • With these steps, you will be able to make up something to say so the audience won’t notice, should you forget your lines during the show.

Learning the lines

  • Practice reading the lines out loud.
  • Practice with friends/family. Have them look at your script, and recite your lines to them. You can also ask the other person to read your script while you rehearse it to them. Ask them to highlight or circle parts that you skipped, or where you mixed up the words.
  • Break it up. Try to conquer small parts of your script at a time. It’s difficult to memorise all your lines at once. By taking small parts of your script, you can add lines one at a time until you have your script memorised. A good way to work through is to go scene by scene.

To sum up

  • As cliché as the old saying may sound, practice really does make perfect. By following the steps above, you are less likely to forget your speaking parts during a performance. That’s not to say that you will never forget your lines. But, as I said earlier in my post, if you do, you can then improvise.
  • Whilst it is good to work hard in order to memorise your lines, don’t over-stress and try to remember the whole script in just a couple of days. That’s just counter-productive. So, take a break. If you are tired from rehearsing, relax. It helps your brain work better.
  • Ultimately, everyone has their own preferred technique/s of how to learn their lines. Of course, you don’t have to follow my tips, but I just wanted to share with you my methods, from the bit of experience I have.


Break a leg!


– Preston Carbonaro

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