Well hello there. Thanks for stopping by. What have you been up to? Good. REALLY? Lovely… ENOUGH ABOUT YOU! STOP GOING ON ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. Since my last post… err in May I have enjoyed lots of touring and secret corporate work for Showstopper! We had a great Edinburgh back at The Pleasance Grand with Showstopper! The staff there are sooooo hard working. We returned also with the kids Showstopper show at the bigger venue of Pleasance 2. DID I MENTION I GOT A BLUE PETER BADGE??? It was my 11th fringe and the best one yet. Really enjoyed the guest improv spots I did and all the random bumping-intos. We’re continuing our run at The Lyric, West End and are really looking forward to returning to Leicester Square Spiegeltent in December with The Showstopper Kids Show.
We marked the 10th year since the passing of my great mentor KEN CAMPBELL at The British Library, where we summonsed the muses and Pippa Evans and I improvised Bronte! Speaking of which, have you seen Chris Ash of Showstopper’s Bronte Musical WASTED at Southwark!? The Bronte’s died SO YOUNG. I’ve gotta get my musical finished before consumption gets me.
Also I’m on book 3 of the Anne of Green Gables series. FAVE BOOK EVER is Anne of The Island. Interesting to know that Lucy Maud Montgomery suffered with depression and gave up writing. It is so beautifully written. And I love how Anne is celebrated for being emotional. I wish I’d read these books as a child- it might have helped with me crying at everything.
I am gearing up to teach a female impro workshop at The Nursery. Although the workshops are for female identifying players the themes I’ll explore are universal. It just means it’ll be a safe space to explore and play. It’ll be about celebrating what you uniquely bring to the stage/ room. Something it has taken me many years to do.
Also I now have a wood-burning stove. I like to buy things when I do filming jobs. Symbolic purchases. I only feel mildly bad about fulfilling Ruth Bratt’s dream of owning a stove (this was a running joke during BBC radio series) . So this has been a great summer and now I’m ready for long writing days in front of the fire. Also I’m busy crocheting poppies for the Armistice Remembrance- some of which are on their way to the Cenotaph and some I’ll tie to The Road of Remembrance. It’s a big thing in Folkestone check out Danny Boyle‘s plan to take over the beaches.