Yuletide musings

Posted in Christmas/Yule, Future, Life, sascha cooper, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by sassysash

It’s that time of year again and much has happened since my summer update :) A good mixture of good and bad, but enough to be grateful for.

It’s funny actually with that term of being grateful…I have my boyfriend to blame for this post in a way as we’ve been talking about it. He was saying how this year has really opened his eyes to the fact that Yule/Christmas does not have to be all flamboyant gifts, just having each other, family and friends in our lives is all that is needed. I think we tend to forget this a lot! Sometimes it takes just the smallest thing to make us wake up so to speak :)

Since the summer I had a feeling something would happen that would mean me in dead lumber financially, so I took on a second job in a call centre to get by. Little did I know that the teaching job would end in November, so my gut instinct was right to go for another job. Ok, it’s not what I want to be doing, but it at least has kept me going whilst doing my other creative outlets and going back to college! Yes! A student again! I now have the added bonus of topping up the writing skills I have, but also have been given the chance to study basic beauty and media make up as well as web design skills :) these I start next year as the writing course is finished now :)

For the beauty course, I am grateful to my grandmother and my parents for helping. Sadly my grandmother passed away on 1st October this year, so sad that she won’t be able to see my creative training finally complete and making more of myself than I am now. But am grateful to have known her :)

Working in a shop on Sundays reminds me how much I love interacting with people and testing my organisational skills too :)

I guess the point of this post is to say how much the past year has taught me how strong I am as well as finally being shown I can finally be complete in all I do :) Crimson Horse may have gone quiet, but it’s been a good process to stop for a while and get the energy back to write, act and direct again too.

Plus the fact that I am ready to take on different challenges next year is a good sign. Last year I was broke, broken hearted and generally lacked lustre. Now I feel I’m back with a vengeance and it’s all due to my family, friends and my love Jack that have helped me get back on my feet! I am so thankful to have you in my life and couldn’t do all I do without you :)

What things are you grateful for this Yule/Christmas? :)

Summer Lovin

Posted in Life, sascha cooper, theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by sassysash

I love my life when it comes to summer :) not only does it start to slow down, but surprises keep coming out of the woodwork – like two paid theatre gigs for instance :) Both one offs, but they fit in very well with a few themes going around – steampunk and goth in particular :)

It’s also a time for writing and plotting whilst work slows down. Currently I’m adapting a ballet to a stage play – Petrushka. The story of an odd love triangle between puppets that come to life – the clown loves the dancer, but the dancer loves the moor…fatal consequences occur…ok, that’s the simple version! However the point is that there’s a subplot which I think the ballet doesn’t touch on a lot…the puppet master’s role! Why is he bringing the show to the fete? What’s his purpose there? And why is the mayor constantly lurking in the background? Also…were Petrushka and The Moor close friends before the dancer came into their lives? All these questions and much more will be explored in this brand new adaptation of Najinski’s classic.

But I guess summer for me is a blessing for what I have right now with the warmth comforting me generally. Especially where love is concerned :) It seems to be blooming :) It’s been a month and 2 weeks now and loving it a lot :) This man in my life is Jack Chandler – a fellow actor! He is my puppet master! Lol :) Hey, director’s prerogative ;)

Teaching is going well too :)

Acting wise I’m currently involved with a new devised piece dedicated to Clara Bow the silent movie actress from the 1920s. Believe it will be an ensemble as well as media based :) I take on the challenge of lesbian film director Dorothy Arzner in the piece :)

Enjoy the summer xxx

General update! Eventually! ;)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by sassysash

It’s been a funny year so far…so far I was part of Audioburger as a presenter and was using this blog to promote the shows, but recently got the boot as they were going in a different direction as to when they first started out.  However this has given me a very strong drive to try some new things for radio stuff generally.  Although I cannot talk about it at the moment, let’s just say that there are plans afoot for some new things coming ;) Watch this space ;)

Enjoying working with Crimson Horse too (my theatre company) – we did our 6th production of Grimms Fairy Tales last month and despite a lot of setbacks, we saw it to the end and are now working with a new team set up to shake things up a bit.  We’re currently planning a huge fundraiser for the end of the year to ensure that the funds are there to put on a new season of plays within a set theme…Twisted Love!  If you want to follow all that is going on with that side of things in more detail, then you can follow the Crimson Horse blog on here too :)

In terms of the acting, it’s been a great year for that also.  Currently I’m playing Gloriana – a female version of God in a new piece of work called ‘The Great I Am’ written by new playwright Natalie Audley.  This is part of the Brighton Fringe Festival and we have already received two glowing reviews from Broadway Baby and the Sussex Express.  The fact it’s a brand new company with a lot of promise makes me feel privilaged to be part of it, plus the fact that I’m playing a daring controversial character is amazing.  Audley and Co are looking at taking this production on tour in the spring next year, so watch this space for more exciting developments :)

Today I also got confirmation of yet another amazing character for a brand new company being set up in Brighton…those of you who have heard of the 1920s silent movie actress Clara Bow will be interested to hear that her life story is being written for the stage in a very creative and daring way which is not always done on stage…deliberately mixing media and stage scenes!  So some will be silent movie style footage for real as well as those that need to be filmed due to a lot of the original footage from that time being lost.  There was a significant woman in Clara Bow’s life who was demanding, controversial and very clever…her name was Dorothy Arzner…the very first female film director in Hollywood who was a lesbian!  Yours truly got her role today!  A very challenging role, but like God, this is something I will truly relish and enjoy :) The fundraiser for that show will be in June, the show itself will be towards the end of this year.  Will keep all updated for more details.

On a personal scale, I am enjoying life a lot at the moment :) That’s all I’m going to say for now, but on a paid working scale I love teaching LAMDA to kids in Horsham every Saturday morning :) Plus have been doing quite a bit of writing this year play wise :) Being a poet usually, these last 3 years have been very significant when I found I enjoyed play writing a lot!  I’ve obviously adapted one Grimms tale to the stage, but I have finished my first original play and am currently writing a new piece which is based on a ballet which has disappeared into the ether…it needs a voice and I am giving it a new lease of life :) Watch this space!

That’s me for now in a nutshell :) Will be doing some more reviews on here for books and films soon too :) Hopefully start doing some theatre reviews again for relevant publications as I deliberately took time off this year to concentrate on other things, so maybe will start doing them again from next month :)

I also know I keep saying this, but I will endeavour to keep this blog up to date too :)

Last in season 2 of Night Owl

Posted in Audioburger, film, gothic, Night Owl, Radio with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2013 by sassysash

Dress and tech for Grimms today, then Night Owl on http://www.audioburger.com from 10pm-12am :)

Post your requests here or message me and I’ll try and get them played :)

Final show of season 2 this evening! Modern horror films conclude the horror films theme for this season :)


Last in the second season of Eclectic Musings

Posted in Audioburger, Eclectic Musings, film, musicals, Radio, sascha cooper, theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2013 by sassysash

Tune in tonight to the final episode of season 2 of Eclectic Musings on http://www.audioburger.com with a very special guest :)

Nick Hudson is a composer, film maker, actor, poet and general creative who is coming on to talk about his life as well as his current project ‘Letters to the dead’ :)

All from 8-10pm :) Don’t miss it :)

Tonight’s Night Owl

Posted in Audioburger, gothic, Night Owl, Radio, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by sassysash

The season continues with more requests, independent and unsigned music in goth, rock, metal, alternative, new wave and more :D

The theme of horror films also continues with those of the 1950s, so think Creature of the Black Lagoon, Them!, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and more besides :)

Get your requests, films, poetry and more in by Sunday at 9pm, ready to go on air at 10pm-12am, only on www.audioburger.com

A coughing fit took place as well as dead space for 5 minutes, so it is a longer show than normal :)

See you then my night owls ;)

Love Sassy Goth xxx



Illness and Crimson Horse Interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by sassysash

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s being ill!  It restricts me!  I’m one of these people who loves to keep busy no matter what, so being hit with a sore throat and not knowing what the hell this fucking thing is that’s making me feel like shit is somewhat annoying!

I am determined to carry on though – have rehearsals to do as well as radio broadcasts!

Talking of which…my theatre company Crimson Horse are going to be featured as guests on Eclectic Musings on Thursday :) They’ll be talking about the company and their next production of A Brothers’ Grimm Double Bill in April as a preview before the summer run. That’s from 8-10pm :)

Night Owl my other show with my alter-ego Sassy Goth is focussing on the horror films of the 1950s, whilst also taking your requests, poetry, comments and more :) That’s on Sunday from 10pm-12am :)

Only on http://www.audioburger.com :)

On top of that, just loving the fact that new friendships and experiences are being had :) I never thought for a moment that things would turn out the way they have :) Feeling blessed and lucky, although I could do with a break! lol :D


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