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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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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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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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