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 :)