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It’s a SELL OUT!

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What a Edinburgh Fringe it has been this year! What a whirlwind!

Not only was I in 2 shows this year but one was a SELL OUT!

I was luckily able to work with White Room Theatre again this year performing in the multi short play award winning show for its 11th year at the festival. BUT! as well as this director Nick Brice invited me to play the role of Izzy in ‘Izzy’s Manifestos’ a one woman play written by award winning writer Kevin Jones.

Izzy is a character that is really inspiring not for her greatness but for her flaws. Affected by loss and crippled by insecurity she floats from one incarnation of herself to another in an unconscious effort to find the love she has lost.

Performing in the Attic at the Gilded Balloon I was really lucky to have good audience numbers form the outset and some really lovely reviews from both audience member and the press.

However it was the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show that won hearts for the 11th year running. 15 shorts plays running in rotation over the month even tempted the likes of Sam Mendes to attend. Selling out for the whole month and claiming several 5 Star Reviews it really was a joy to be a part of.

The Laurels being the icing on the cake.

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Some pics from the month for your viewing pleasure

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Bite-Size Plays in London

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After our Sell Out run at The Pleasance Queen Dome at The Edinburgh Fringe, White Room Theatre were inviting to bring its Bite-Sized plays to London for a run at The Courtyard Theatre from the 18th October.

Last night was press night and it was a bit strange to be in such a different venue but luckily the team still had the same great chemistry as ever and off we went! Such fun to be working in my home town again and we’ve added a couple of new plays to the rundown to keep things fresh which is always amazing and terrifying in equal measure.

Come down if you can and see me looking unimpressed with a man in a wig!



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Edinburgh Fringe 2016

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What a whirlwind this August has been. I was lucky enough to work with some amazing people at White Room Theatre on their Bite-Size Plays Show which has been performing at The Pleasance for the last 10 years.

We were lucky enough to perform to packed houses and achieved the coveted Sell-Out run status!

We were performing in the Queen Dome which is a 170 seater, so lovely and big.

Such a great challenge as an actor to learn 21 short plays which such a great team and now there is a whisper of a London transfer so fingers crossed and I’ll keep you informed…….

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The Legacy Lives On!

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The rehearsed reading I performed in before Christmas at Tristan Bates Theatre in Soho has now been picked up by The Hope Theatre in Islington.

The Legacy is a new play written by Angela Clarke inspired by the Columbia University Mattress Protest against Campus Rape in the US. Angela’s darkly funny play explores the issues of family politics, being trapped in suburbia and secrets that just wont stay secret.

The show runs from the 8th June to the 13th June from 7.45pm

Tickets can be found HERE

“I read her newspaper bits. In one of them she used the v-word. Vagina. Actually wrote it. Thank god Daddy only read The Telegraph.”

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New Showreel edit!

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I read a recent article in The Stage by Westend Producer which detailed the importance of a showreel and how it can represent you well and badly.

I realised from reading that, far from being ‘simple and clean’ showing myself as me, mine was rather full of camera tricks, famous faces and soundtracks. I had chosen for my Showreel to look nice rather than actually fulfilling the purpose of its existence.

He stated that casting directors don’t have long to decide about you and they want to get straight into it. Two contrasting scenes and links to you at the end and you’re done.

So I’ve recut it – I’d love to know what you think.

I’ll report back if there’s been any change on the old audition front, let’s see…….


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In Briefs

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So I’m just about to go into rehearsals for Briefs which opens on the 29th April at The Waterloo East Theatre.

I’m very excited because it’s all new writing and very funny new writing at that.

My piece is called ‘Chugging for Kittens’ written by Angela Clarke and in brief (excuse the pun) it focuses on three street based ‘charity muggers’ raising money for Cats. It raises vital questions regarding who they are, what they do and how far they’ll really go to get money for those little fluffy ones.

I’m playing a Lithuanian Lesbian – need I say more……..

Appearing alongside seven other plays, Briefs will be a seriously funny and entertaining evening.

Click Here for more Details!

That’s all for now but new headshots coming soon – would be interested to see what you think!

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Masked Up for the Gods!

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I just wanted to post a little something about my last show Vervain Theatres The Bacchae.

The production was in full mask which made it very tough going rehearsal wise but incredibly rewarding as an actor.

I played the Chorus leader which meant I had several speeches all over 2 pages long, again another challenge.

What I loved about it the process was it thoroughly flexed all my creative muscles, learning new skills and remembering old. In a way it made me fall back in love with theatre in the traditional sense. My passion still lies in new writing, helping to create pieces which make statements about the world today. However, working on something so ancient as Euripides you see the foundation of theatre today in the making. Comedy and Tragedy interlocked to hit a powerful message home without putting of the watcher.

Clever stuff and not just for the academic fuddie duddies.

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Also some great pics from Ben Broomfield Photography as well.

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The Legacy

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My new play ‘The Legacy’ by Angela Clarke is debuting at the Tristan Bates Theatre at 3pm on the 16th & 17th of December 2014. The Cast (myself, Lucinda Westcar and Ray Bullock Jnr) and the Director (Michael Beigel) are raring to present this topical comedic show to the masses. The promotional image has also just been finalised and looks wonderful. (Photo by Ben Broomfield) Tickets are only £5 too so an economical way to experience the very best in cutting edge theatre at the very beginning of its theatrical journey. Website link is here I can’t wait and hope to see some familiar faces there!


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Filming at Pinewood

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Yesterday I spent the day filming at Pinewood studios in West London. The birth place of Bond and Star Wars and promos for new ITV channels. Guess which one I was involved with?

The shoot details are still under wraps but I can tell you it was a wonderful day – the feel of the place is always electric, buzzing with life, drama and best of all, creation. This is the place where things happen and yesterday I was a very small part of that – and that always feels wonderful.

We wrapped at gone 10pm but I was still as light as a feather – I even got to snap this on my way out

I hope I’ll be back there very soon.

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