Conquer Stroke New Writing Night
Very honoured to have been asked to perform the comedy monologue ‘Zumba’ on March 20th, as part of the ‘Conquer Stroke New Writing Night’ at the Y Theatre in Leicester, organised by Leicester writer Keith Large. The night will consist of various pieces of new writing; short plays, monologues, some short sketches, a short story and a poem, featuring mainly Leicester-based writers, plus Brighton writer Steven Lancefield. Keith and I met with one of the directors, Clare Devine, at the Y Theatre yesterday to record a short interview about the event with Graham Wright for Radio Leicester, so hopefully the turn out will be good and we will raise lots of money for The Stroke Association. I’m really looking forward to it – love an excuse to get a good wig on 😉
25 Feb 2016 in News, by
Filming Oxfam ‘Dressed By The Kids Day’ Ad
Filmed the Oxfam Commercial for their ‘Dressed By The Kids Day’ today – hugely enjoyable. A lovely comedic theme, with a bit of a ‘reveal’ moment. As the title suggests, on 29th April participants will be going about their business in whatever attire their kids have decided they should wear! – all for charity, of course. The ad will be aired from March 21st so keep your eyes peeled. I play the part of ‘mum’ – looking like a bit of a fairy – complete with wings, a tutu and deely-boppers (brought back excellent memories of the ’80s). We also did a stills shoot so there should be posters & adverts in papers etc – and my mug may even appear on the packaging!
19 Feb 2016 in News, by
Filming with Iceni
Great start to the new year, with another film for Iceni Productions – at the Healthcare at Home head offices in Burton. They were producing an in-house film and I played the part of ‘sad employee’ (approached and counselled by ‘supportive employee’). Didn’t need a box to stand on this time as we were sat down! – in the canteen – with lots of coffee!
07 Jan 2016 in News, by
Severn Trent Pilot
Another great job with Linney Group – this time for East Midlands company Severn Trent Water, highlighting the great things happening within the company’s customer service. I played the part of a customer who’d had a problem solved by Severn Trent via Twitter…
19 Nov 2015 in News, by
Troublesome People at Derby Guildhall
So, here we are at the end of the road – the final part of the Troublesome People run and it ends where it all began back in April. It’s been ’emosh’ as the young-uns say 😉 Had a great few days at Derby Guildhall Theatre, good audiences and lovely review from the Derby Evening Telegraph. Goodbye Doreen, on to the next adventure…
01 Oct 2015 in News, by
Troublesome People at the Edinburgh Fringe
Well, Troublesome People did it’s full run at the Edinburgh Fringe – from 10th-29th August – 3 weeks – Phew! loved every minute. Great audiences & feedback, lovely reviews and lots of fun taking in loads of other shows…worked hard, played hard!… Here are some highlights of my festival diary: Sat Aug 8th – “Here we are at last! exciting stuff – got to Edinburgh in the early hours yesterday 1.45ish I think and finally got to bed at 3am! managed a few hours sleep, then ‘up and at ’em’ for a full cast meet up at Rowan & Franks apartment at 11am. Everyone was in good spirits and excited, and the kids were as good as gold, so we managed to have a good look at all the line cuts in the script. We also did some ‘impro-practice-flyering’ on each other – hilarious! good to see each others techniques and maybe use some good ‘lines’ or tactics ourselves. Quick run-through of the updated script in the kitchen, then back to our beautiful flat and a good rest and huge sleep.” Tue Aug 11th – “Last night was first night – and was fabulous! almost a full house, and a […]
01 Sep 2015 in News, by
Filming for Linney Design
  Had a great time at Linney Design in Mansfield, filming a set of internal films for their staff, about their new communications system. Fellow actor Alan Turton and I filmed seven funny sketches (great to do some comedy!). These were then interlaced with me being a bit more ‘serious’ (although still highly enthusiastic!) when explaining the finer details of the system. I’ve worked for Linney before but this was being filmed actually on site at the Linney head office – I didn’t realise just how massive the Linney Group is – and how forward-thinking and modern. And they now have a communications system (phone, computers, apps etc) to match!
06 Aug 2015 in News, by
Newstead Abbey Promo Film
Took the boys to Newstead Abbey today, as I’d been asked to help out with some promo films for Nottingham – Newstead Abbey, Wollaton and The Castle. Beautiful venue – we shot sections at a waterfall and some stepping stones; luckily nobody fell in!
04 Aug 2015 in News, by
Scorzayzee Music Video
What a night! was asked to be part of rapper Scorzayzee’s new music video for a track called ‘Gangsta Wraps’ filming at a fast food place in Nottingham. In the video I play a mum with a small child, so we enlisted the help of Eddie, my 9 year old who, at times, could not contain his excitement – even when we wrapped at 2am! my eldest, Alex, also came along to take in the atmosphere on set – and meet Dean of course. Dean is great – extremely talented and warm hearted. Can’t wait to see the vid. Here’s the article on Scorzayzee that appeared in The Guardian in May. Download his album – Peace to the Puzzle – it’s top.
28 Jul 2015 in News, by
Troublesome People at the Buxton Fringe Festival
Great few days at the Buxton Fringe – I think we were pleasantly surprised by the audience numbers, as they were nice sizes, with great responses. The Buxton Festival thrives each year and has the added bonus of being situated in a stunning part of the country – picturesque and rich with history, with a laid-back, small community feel. Click here to find the review.
26 Jul 2015 in News, by
Touring with Troublesome People; Brighton and Oxford
Brighton & Oxford with ‘Troublesome People’ well, what can I say?… LOVED the tour so far. A really great team – lots of laughs. Both theatres (the Lantern at Brighton and the Old Fire Station at Oxford) were fab. The world premier of the play happened on 15th May, which happens to be International Conscientious Objectors Day – a complete coincidence! serendipity… In Brighton we had a very special guest in the audience at one of the performances – Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion (Green Party), who is a friend of the writer of Troublesome People, Jill Haas. Caroline loved the show and chatted to us afterwards. I’ll let the reviews speak for themselves…
30 May 2015 in News, by
Filming for Notts Racecourse
Filmed at Notts racecourse today for their promo film to be aired on Notts Tv. It was ladies day, so loads of outrageous hats (and outfits!). My middle son Eddie was part of the film and behaved impeccably throughout- at 9 he is just the right age to listen & respond, but still be willing. He has the added bonus of a cute face (but I would say that, wouldn’t I?). After filming we watched the beautiful horses prepare & the first race. Great atmosphere.
09 May 2015 in News, by
Rehearsals for Troublesome People
Rehearsals have started on “Troublesome people” today. So exciting. Great to meet new actors and have fun with actors I know but have never worked with before.
22 Apr 2015 in News, by
Filming Epoch
Finished filming a short called ‘Epoch’ for student of Confetti in Nottingham, Will J Carmen. Played the part of Detective Inspector Sharron Parker – bit of a baddass detective; loved it! Totally inspired by the recent series of ‘Line of Duty’ and the kick-ass actors Vicky McClure and Keely Hawes.
09 Mar 2015 in News, by
Voiceover for A Pocketful of Mousetraps
Local comedian extraordinaire, Patrick Draper (the husband) finished his pancake day-themed comedy podcast today, ‘A Pocketful of Mousetraps‘ , with comics James Billington and Fran Jenkins. They roped me in to help on a a couple of voices… Great fun!
11 Feb 2015 in News, by
Filming Sainsbury’s ‘Giggle’
So, we filmed the Sainsbury’s ‘giggle’ commercial for Red Nose Day today. The Red Noses were SO cute; funniest part of the filming! a ‘puppeteer’ (crew & runners) for each red nose. Liz, the director, definitely knew her stuff when it came to dealing with William – and the little stand-in guy. I would change the old adage ‘never work with children and animals’ to ‘never work with your OWN children or animals. Work with other people’s- then you can give them back at the end of the day!…’
04 Feb 2015 in News, by
Costume Fitting for Sainsbury’s Ad
Today happened to be the day William and I were to have our ‘costume fitting’ for the Sainsbury’s ad we’d bagged, on the same day that I’d agreed to film for another Hillarys blinds promo. But that’s ok, Sally at VPoint was very understanding and made sure that the filming was sorted in good time for me to scoot to the train station. I didn’t bank on heavy snow, though. That, along with the fact that I had relied totally on my iPhone sat nav to get to the filming venue house, and my iPhone now had no signal, meant that I potentially had a very hairy journey in driving snow to Leicester train station. After getting a ‘bit’ lost and a few desperate phone calls to my husband for help, I ended up going back to the filming venue house and following the film crew half way back to Notts before seeing a road sign for Leicester & just praying for more signs to the train station. My husband, Paddy, met me at Leicester station with William an hour later than planned. Much later, when we were back home and the dust had settled, Paddy and I discussed the […]
29 Jan 2015 in News, by
Filming This Little Piggy
Filmed ‘This little piggy‘ another short film for Nick Kirk, for the Reed film competition. It was FREEEEZING! Started around 6pm, finished the next morning around 3am…, but that’s filming for you! It was ok, though, because I shared the filming with actor Tony Claason, who is good company, so we had a good laugh.
19 Jan 2015 in News, by
Healthcare at Home film
Played the part of ‘concerned wife’ for the Healthcare at home online film (‘John’s Story’). The film crew at Iceni were totally professional, as always, even when faced with a slight problem in that I am 5′ and my ‘husband’ was well over 6’… They found a very sturdy box for me to stand on to give ‘hubby’ the big “oh dear you’ve got cancer?” Hug.
07 Jan 2015 in News, by
Workshopping Troublesome People
Spent a fab week workshopping a new play called “Troublesome people” by Jill Haas for Ashrow Theatre. Completed the week with a rehearsed reading of the edited script. The audience liked it and we had some really useful and positive feedback.
10 Nov 2014 in News, by
The End Awards
Wow! – awarded Best Actress at the British Horror Film Awards for The End. Honoured. A great follow-up to the award from The Limelight festival in June, for Best Horror Film. A feature version is ‘on the cards’, let’s hope these awards go some way towards securing the funding for that.
14 Oct 2014 in News, by
Shine Smart Insurance Online Film
Filmed another Shine Smart Insurance online film in Burton on Trent. Got to crash a few more high-end motors! Ha! The joys of film…
23 Sep 2014 in News, by
Filming for Spool
Spent a fab couple of days filming for Spool films, for the Newark Civil War Centre who will be launching a brand new museum and site (complete with interactive trail, using a smartphone app) next year. Played the part of Lady In Waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria (second from left!). Costumes were borrowed from the RSC, no less… The queen was played by Elizabeth Berrington. Lizzy has had all sorts of great tv jobs, including the role of Elaine Pearson in Episode 4 of the first series of W1A, one of my faves, so was great to meet her.
02 Sep 2014 in News, by
Nottingham Actors Workshop Showcase
Performed in The Nottingham Actors Workshop Showcase- a monologue and a short piece with the lovely Toby Bradford- had loads of fun and the showcase was really well received. Great for networking…
23 Jul 2014 in News, by
Cosmic Trigger
Cosmic Trigger rehearsed reading for Daisy Campbell (daughter of Ken Campbell). Daisy needed someone to perform extracts from her play planned for next year in Liverpool – a mind-bending evening, great to listen to the other speakers; writers Adrian Reynolds and John Higgs, who wrote the book ‘The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds’.
17 May 2014 in News, by
Filming Shiner
Hugely excited to have filmed ‘Shiner’, The short film which stars non other than a childhood TV hero of mine, Melvyn Hayes. I used to watch (the now un-pc) ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ religiously as a kid and LOVED the film ‘Summer Holiday’ with Cliff Richard (I know, I’m THAT old!). He was absolutely lovely and regaled us with loads of tales of life on the road in theatre & filming for the TV. Our scene together involved smashing crockery and screaming at each other- we both got stuck right in. Lovely man… And remember how small he seemed? …turns out I’m smaller…
10 May 2014 in News, by
VPoint TV
Hillary’s blinds promo film for VPoint TV for this one I was an ‘artist’, using the beautiful curtains as inspiration for my painting !
22 Apr 2014 in News, by
Another Murder Mystery
Another Murder Mystery for Art Deco Productions at Belton Woods- nice little job (2 hander) in the large golfing hotel. Played alongside Martin Gaisford- the number 1 Inspector Poirot look-alike!
08 Apr 2014 in News, by
Filming in Rotherham
A days filming in Rotherham for Work Psychology Group Situational Judgment Test films. Played 2 parts; Senior staff nurse and Health care assistant. Senior staff nurse was poignant- carrying out in 1 day the role that my sister has played for nearly 30 years… (Lara, my sister, is now a Community Matron for Derby NHS Trust, working in the inner city of Derby)
02 Apr 2014 in News, by
Bolder and Wiser Book Launch
I’m very pleased to have been part of the book launch for ‘Bolder and Wiser’, an inspirational book written by Nottingham author Sarah Dale. The book is a summary and personal reflection of conversations Sarah had with 20 older women and covers a wide range of topics. It includes quotes from the women, which I had the pleasure of ‘bringing to life’ at the launch. A wonderfully poignant and relevant book.
02 Mar 2014 in News, by