~ NEWS 2022 ~
Was delighted to take part in N1's first playreading of the year: Howard Barker's Scenes From an Execution. Great multi-rolling opportunity for me, playing very different parts (Man with Crossbow Bolt in Head, the Admiral and Lawyer) – brilliant fun!
My first acting work of the year! For Gallantium, an organisation promoting mental wellness in the workplace, I played Linda, Insurance Renewals Underwriter, in a film on how busy working people struggled with loneliness during the pandemic. It was a priviledge to be part of this project (and great to be back on set).
Loved this rehearsed reading at Southwark Playhouse, Do Mice Like Cheese? by Mark Daniels, as part of the Directors Cut Theatre evening 'Write to Right' for new writers. I'm playing the BBC (next to me is Channel 4!). I also greatly enjoyed Gagged by Giles Fernando, in which I played a smarmy NHS spokesperson.
Enjoyed working on and performing Awkward by Kate Danley - part of an evening of short plays at the Calder Theatre. The photo shows the wonderful plush seats in this much-loved bookshop and theatre. Also had fun at this month's N1 playreading, in Caryl Churchill's Escaped Alone.
Had two self-tape auditions this month, both comedy - one for a new play premiering at the Chichester Festival Theatre and one for a new TV series. Had a recall in person for the play, which was great. Didn't get the role but was delighted to be on the radar of a CD I highly respect.
On behalf of N1 I gave two presentations to drama schools this month. It was great to talk to the students about possible agent options and to explain how co-operative agencies work. At both drama schools, the tutors were very much in favour of co-ops as a career choice, which was really good to see.
I was invited to audition for Art from the Heart, an evening of new writing produced by the Director's Cut Theatre Co. From a wide-ranging selection of scripts, I chose a duologue by Pete Talmann, entitled Responsibility. I was attracted by the fact that the roles were entirely free of any baggage associated with gender - a complete blank canvas to play with. And I got the part!
Here's a cast photo from Art from the Heart (see July post for further details). Having spent much of the day running lines, followed by tech and full run-through, we then had an amazing show with a fantastically responsive audience. It was a pleasure to work with such a fun gang, and many conversations were begun about future collaboration.
As a result of working with the Director's Cut team, I was asked by a writer and director to be one of four actors to help workshop a piece that they are developing. Thoroughly enjoyed pushing the boundaries of a range of characters, and hopefully giving the writer inspiration for the next draft!
Thrilled to be invited by Spotlight to write an article about co-op agencies. Click on the image for a link to the article, or see it reproduced here.
It was a great opportunity to explain how co-ops work. I also enjoyed doing a reading of Much Ado with Bison Arts Collective - fun to meet new people and catch up with others, and always good to read the Bard.
Thoroughly enjoyed playing an angry VIP customer for a famous bank. The job required learning the character's background and then improv-ing a complaint in a zoom call with traineee execs. Hilariously, I got a guy who's reaction was to mansplain my character's area of expertise to her - BIG mistake!
This month's N1 playreading was
The Just Assassins by Albert Camus. It was fantastic fun to do, with multi-rolling characters, revolutionary fervour, assasinations, unrequited love - the lot! We all agreed that it was the perfect choice for the final reading of the year.