~ NEWS 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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.