Hello, I'm Hanley; a mind-palacing Welshman training to be a theatre director.

"Did your parents want you to be an 18th century opium smoking French poet?" - Carrie Quinlan on my name

Awaiting to hear from Benedict Cumberbatch about forming an awkwardly English names club.


17th July 2014

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Uni Issue resolved!

I’m switching again, third time’s a charm; most definitely - today I heard I’m got in to training ground of Olivier himself, the immense realm of the Central School of Speech and Drama.

It’s killing me that I can’t use gif to show how I’ve been jumping off the walls for hours. Absolutely buzzing.

Now all I’ve got to do is de-homeless myself and life will be amazing. I’ll keep you posted whenever I’ve access to wifi…

I love each and every one of you as I literally cannot imagine how else I’d have found the confidence to be doing this. You are absolutely incredible.

Tagged: deep breathhot damnjust cannotto find out of the eve of the culmination of my almeida work toototally awesomeyessssmy lifesecond time's a charmjust gotta work out how I find this thingwow

6th July 2014

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Just to clarify

The lovely Tom is still my lovely Tom; the homeless stuff pertains to the process of cutting ties with my parents.

Tagged: returned from smoke break to find a bunch of messages about this sowe're still the cutest ugly couple aroundno fearreally should go back to work nowlove you all

6th July 2014

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Sup Strangers

I fell off the grid as I’m uni-less, homeless, and wifi-less (easily the worst of the three). On the bright side, I just had to escort next door’s dog out of the rehearsal room.

Dunno what to tell you other than I’ve been slogging through stress and it looks like it’ll be awhile before a permanent situation presents itself, allowing me ability for interneting. So consider me a continuing tumblr exile for a bit longer.

As horrible as I’m sure this seems it’s mainly born of positive things, so nobody worry about me - and I can’t apologise enough if you already have been.

Tagged: my lifehoping to have something sorted in a couple weekswill be able to focus once my work with the almeida is donehence having wifi right nowI should be working butsurely all SMs tune out this close to performance?11 days til Latitude12 days til opena lifetime til a smoke breakleast that's how it feels

10th May 2014

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If you haven’t heard about this yet, last night the BBC aired a powerful documentary called Blurred Lines that explored casual misogyny online and rape culture.

I urge EVERYONE to watch it and spread it like fire because it gives real insight into the topic and has inspired both men and women to go to Twitter and had #blurredlines trending for 12 hours on Twitter after it aired.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here (x)

(I genuinely don’t know if those outside the UK can view, so please let me know!)

It includes video footage from the Steubenville cases, it takes a look at the treatment of women in GTA, lads mags and rape jokes, the unapologetic nature of those who perpetrate rape culture etc.

One of the more interesting points of the documentary are the men who oppose rape culture and those that don’t and the societal differences between them.

After you view it please share your views, both on Tumblr and any other social media platforms you have. It’d be great if this abuse against women documentary were the first searches people came across when they search for Blurred lines.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer here (x)

For those outside the UK: there’s a nice browser extension called Hola with which you can watch this.

Tagged: rapesociety

Source: BBC

28th April 2014

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Inside China’s Insane Witch Hunt For Slash Fiction Writers


I take for granted my ability to be a fangirl and a lesbian in the open, my freedom of speech. To be vocal about my joys, my erotic attachments. Meanwhile our fellow fans are being persecuted for what many of us experience as simple guilty pleasures. This is a vital issue and it deserves our collective attention.

Tagged: I don't even have words for how fucked up this is I mean jesus christ this is nothing more than how some people find their way in the worldsome people who do it for fucking funsome people who do it in the safety of their community and I justholy hell her mother speaks volumes doesn't shethis poor girlChina sort yourself out pleasefan fiction

Source: buzzfeed

28th April 2014

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See that? That’s official confirmation that the Almeida (who got 8 Olivier awards a few weeks ago) are taking a show to Lattitude Music Festival. 
I’m the assistant director, dramaturge and stage manager.

See that? That’s official confirmation that the Almeida (who got 8 Olivier awards a few weeks ago) are taking a show to Lattitude Music Festival. 

I’m the assistant director, dramaturge and stage manager.

Tagged: my lifetheatreThis is pretty much the reason I've been too busy to tumble

28th April 2014

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goindanswingin said: I'm sure I remember you recommending some music that you used for your mind palace about a year ago, when I first found your post (thankyou! I have a fully functioning mind palace now!) but I can't find it for the life of me! I've got my GCSEs in two weeks and I'm starting to stress, so do you have any music suggestions I could use to calm myself down when I'm visiting my mind palace? Thanks again for your help:)

Cold War Kids, Field Music, Edmund (the slower songs - After Dark, Leave This City, Running Jump, Hard to Believe), Fyfe Dangerfield, Kyle Andrews, Lianne La Havas, London Grammar, Nina Simone, Patrick Wolf, Vega 4.

If you’d prefer something without lyrics most instrumentals work; my favourties are Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds. Sylvain Chauveau’s ace too.

Hope that helped. Best of luck with your exams! Don’t drive yourself too crazy over them; they’re a stepping stone, not the end of the world. :)

Tagged: mind palaceprofess0rlaytonmusic

26th April 2014

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"An old friend."

Sally and Sherlock used to be much closer.

Tagged: this genuinely looks like an AU from my novel where the character's personalities are reverseddon't be judging my brain tumblahSherlockSherlock HolmesSally Donovan

19th April 2014

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  • Anthony Mackie: We’re in a day and age where kids deserve someone they can look up to. I’m very proud of Scarlett with what she’s been able to do with Black Widow, and how little girls can sit back and see that she doesn’t have to have superpowers, she’s just a badass. While being cool and a chick. And I like the fact that little brown kids can say, ‘hey, the Falcon is there now’, and little green kids can say, ‘the Hulk’s there’. Don’t want to leave out the Martians. I think it’s very important, and I think Marvel has been at the forefront of that, giving people the opportunity to represent every aspect of culture. It’s definitely something that was on the table, and on my mind when I decided to sign on to this project.
  • Anthony Mackie: Superman, black would be the coolest dude in the world. Imagine Sam Jackson in a cape. Running around. That would be a good movie.
  • I think what a lot of people don’t get is, these people aren’t real. If you cast a black dude as John F Kennedy, that’s wrong. If you cast a white dude as Martin Luther King, that’s wrong. These people aren’t real. The suits aren’t real. There aren’t really superheroes in the world.
  • At some point in time, you have to steep yourself in reality and say, ‘hey, it’s not about what they look like, it’s about casting a good actor in the role. If you’re sitting at home and you can’t see a black guy as Nick Fury, maybe there’s something wrong with you.

Tagged: racismsociety

Source: heyuguys.co.uk

17th April 2014

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GERTRUDE walks down the hallway. Enter HAMLET, skateboarding.
(HAMLET skates backwards) UUUUUUTT
— Personal favorite Dirtbag Hamlet (via sailoroftheworld)

Tagged: perfectionHamletShakespeare