~ NEWS 2020 ~
Busy preparing for next month's Page to Stage. The response to the call-out for scripts was amazing - making a final choice of four very difficult. Casting is now underway, directors are being lined up for each piece, and once again we have a fabulous panel of industry professionals ready to give their feedback on the night.
We had a fabulous Page to Stage this month. Huge thanks to everyone involved. The panel's feedback was insightful and encouraging; the writers' pieces (each unique and amazing) were wonderfully conveyed by the directors and actors. Great discussions in the bar afterwards. Thanks everyone!
The beginning of lockdown! And my turn to submit a piece for the weekly N1 Sunday monologue challenge. Each member submits a self-tape - a great way to refresh our knowledge of each others' casting. I did a montage of 5 roles (working-class woman, American dreamer, RP doctor, angry TV judge, comedy anxious West Country.)
N1's monthly meeting was an online affair this month! And I guess it will be so for some time to come. It was great to see everyone's smiley faces. Meanwhile, I'm prepping for my first online audition - for the next So&So Arts Club rehearsed reading. Currently experimenting with printed script versus reading from a PDF on-screen.
For the Waterloo Festival I recorded short story The Invisibles by Tatum Anderson, broadcast on 1 June by Storyradio (monthly short story podcast). Meanwhile, N1 launched a Zoom playreading group this month. We began with A Midsummer Night's Dream - with impromptu costuming, assorted accents and general hilarity.
Click on pic for 'They've Cancelled Death', my recording of a track for Plague Songs, a bawdy collection of 15 pieces about the politics of Covid-19, written and illustrated by Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson and composed and produced by Jon Tregenna. Amidst much publicity, it launched on 7 July. N1 playreadings this month were 39 Steps and London Assurance.
To mark the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs commemorations in Dorset, London's Equity branches came together on 19 July with an online performance. For Clive Greenwood's specially written play, The Watchword Liberty, I played James Loveless, Rev. Warren, and the defence lawyer.
Delighted to be asked back to record a new track for the Plague Songs team, for Plague Songs: The Second Wave. I recorded a cheerful little number entitled 'Deathsitting' - click on pic above to hear it. I also cast and performed in Votes for Women as an N1 playreading. The reading was described by a fellow actor as EPIC!
Cast as Morgan in spooky new play
If Wishes Were Horses, It would Beggar Belief by Julia Bolden, as part of the 'Halloween Duologue in a Day Challenge' organised for writers by the Playwriting Collective. Great fun to do! N1 readings included Twelfth Night (Maria - great role!)
Delighted to be cast in London Playwrights' Play Club 2020: The Selections. We had an intense weekend of rehearsing the 6 winning new plays, in 3 of which I was performing – see December for details. And N1 readings included Duchess of Malfi (cut by yours truly to a running time of c.2 hours!).
December treats included co-hosting the N1 Christmas Party (this year a Zoom extravaganza), and the London Playwrights' event, Play Club 2020: The Selections, launched on 19 Dec. My roles were: uni lecturer, Tory civil servant, and an unhappy Grandma. Fantastic to flex the acting muscles at the end of a challenging year.