~ NEWS 2016 ~

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JANUARY 2016

Delighted to be part of the first meeting of Siberian Lights, formed by a group of actors to tackle issues of how women are under-represented in the performing arts. Activities include playreadings – the pic shows us after reading Laura Wade's POSH (hilarious performances all round!)

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FEBRUARY 2016

Pic: fulfilling a long-held ambition to perform The Vagina Monologues (Bread & Roses Theatre). Great cast and director, plus amazing audience response – this was powerful theatre indeed. And later in the month, we had another excellent Page to Stage. Grateful thanks to all involved.

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MARCH 2016

Shot from Norfolk, part of the Women Redressed series of plays produced by Sheer Height Theatre at the Arcola. In our piece, friendship takes an unexpected turn. I also enjoyed performing rehearsed reading High Seas, at the Richmond Festival, playing the brutal captain of a ship carrying female resistance fighters from different periods in history.

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APRIL 2016

Pic of me hosting Page to Stage. This month's event had record attendance – we just about managed to squeeze everyone in! It was a wonderful evening of theatre and supportive feeback. Meanwhile I was delighted to take part in the 100th Liars League event, reading a 100-word story.

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MAY 2016

Have just recorded some new tracks with voicereel company Pure Digital Voices. I'm delighted to have some fresh and alternative content with which to update my voicereel. I love doing voiceover work, and plan to do much more in the future!

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JUNE 2016

Due to cast member illness and urgent call-out and audition, I joined the run of Dinosaur Dreams – a powerful new play about mental health. (Glad to report the original cast member is mending well.) Also did some great workshops: 3-day film techniques course run by David Penn for The Actors Guild; comedy class at the Actors Centre, and the first DAW workshop (Directors, Actors, Writers).

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JULY 2016

I was delighted to read short story The Lost Species by Jenny Ramsay – inspired by Heni Rousseau's famous painting Surprise! – as one of five award-winning stories read by actors as part of the July 'Late' at the National Gallery. I love being in museums after hours, and it was a really fun event.

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AUGUST 2016

Greatly enjoyed my second Women Redressed production, this time at the Park Theatre (four years after I visited it with my Equity branch when it was still a building site!). I played Florrie, one of several generations of London florists, in Skin by Sayan Kent. It was great to work with talented actors I hadn't met before.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Enjoying rehearsals for The Empire Builders, a 1950s French absurdist play that's not often performed in English. The director and most of the cast are ex Bridge Theatre Training Company; I was delighted to audition for this intriguing play. It's clever, anarchic, and a little bit naughty!

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OCTOBER 2016

Pic: Rob Nicholas and I as Father and Mother, trying to fathom their surreal lives in The Empire Builders (Toi Toi Theatre at the Hen & Chickens). I loved performing in this absurdist tragi-comedy, written during the colonial upheavals of 1950s France.

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DECEMBER 2016

I was delighted to be the actor at Waterstones Picadilly event The Haunted Library, reading selections from a newly published anthology of the same name. And at the 2016 Willesden Herald international short story awards, I read the winning entry – Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg.