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… https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/troublesome-people/ http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review/11983/worthy-of-rattigan-and-priestley/ http://brighton.fringeguru.com/reviews/brighton-2015/troublesome-people
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
Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery with Art Deco Productions at the Grand Central Railway at Loughborough… Great fun acting with lovely chap Jeff Bennett and the rest of the Art Deco team on a beautiful steam train. A Fab time was had by all and we got to see a train (pre) ‘de-railed’ down the line at the side of the track, in readiness for the filming of an episode of Casualty! …
07 Feb 2014 in News, by
Filming Small Business
Filmed ‘Small Business‘ a short (2 min) film for Nick Kirk, a local filmmaker who has been entering the Reed Film Competition with his creations for a few years now. The theme this year is ‘Family Business’ so Nick had a great idea involving a young boy and his dad, and a woman with a flat tyre in need of help… My eldest son, Alex, was more than happy to play the part of the young boy- and he did a fantastic job! Not only acting, but patiently waiting between shots. Nick is a perfectionist, so, with this being an outside shoot (contending with weather, nature, random cars & even ramblers!, etc…), every single minute of the day was utilised; sunrise to sunset, whilst we waited to get best possible shots & sounds.
18 Jan 2014 in News, by
The Liars League
Had a lovely time reading ‘Coriander Mason’ by David Llewellyn for the Liars League Leicester.  The Liars League have recently been mentioned in the Guardian as one of their ’10 great storytelling nights’…
14 Jan 2014 in News, by