Wood Burning Stove Brag (sorry RB)

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.

xx

2018

This is my first update since 2013. Yeah! I’m on this. So how are you? ENOUGH ABOUT YOU THIS IS ABOUT ME NOW.

So I moved to Folkestone and I’m really smug about my garden and the air quality here. I love The Creative Foundation and Improv Gym- hooray for new friends and oxygen.

I have just finished filming on Julia Davis’s new comedy for Sky… more on that soon. And Lee and Dean is now available on DVD:

I am still performing with Showstopper on tour and in the West End.

AND Sue Harrison (fellow Showstopper) and I have completed our sitcom. Who would like to make this with us please?

I am also cutting a NEW SHOWREEL with the marvellously talented Andrew Pugsley (fellow Showstopper). More soon.

Great- that didn’t hurt too much did it? I shall vow to update you more on stuff. I am trying to learn photoshop- so send me your top tips pleases.

xx byeeeeee xx

SKILLS/ You learn something new every day…

I was thinking. Most people have an “angle” on their blogs. My dad writes one about birds in and around Dungeness (sometimes he writes about moths and flowers and his dog). My mum doesn’t write one, but if she did it’d be about making things (she recently made me 3 dresses, a cardie, a quilt, put buttons on four of my cushion covers, fixed my curtains, made my son a quilt, 2 blankets, made my sister an amazing bag which matches a skirt she made for me- forgot that). My comedy partner (Ruth Bratt) writes proper clever wordy wordly stuff about issues of importance with a touch of feminism. She makes me think. She also makes me think I should have more strong opinions about things. Here’s an opinion- I THINK WOMEN SHOULD GO GREY.
For now, I am going to share with you what I learn, realise and see- I am going to be me- I’m good at that most of the time.

SO let’s get started… Today I noticed that tupperware can gather pretty fast in an office. I also have learnt that my new landlord “is happy” for me to turf his previously sky-high weeded and poo-ridden garden (he’s soooo kind) and that remembering things is an art form and a wonder. Isn’t it interesting how you suddenly remember you owe Dylan £25 for setting up your website, or that you were really moved by something in a film or a play? (The painted Veil with Edward Norton… boo hooo). I recently got new headshots and a new reel with help from my amazing supportive friend (Mr Andrew Pugsley- face of an angel). He’s good at technical things. You’ve gotta wanna though haven’t you? Technology doesn’t float my boat.  Do you ever think you might discover a skill, like a really good one that noone else has? Sometimes this skill will be lucrative (like the dude in Social Network- don’t watch it- who invented facebook) and sometimes the skill will be niche (like my skill for reaching things on high shelves without the aid of a stool). I’m also very good at smelling things. I have an excellent sense of smell and when I pass people on the street I shout “Cool Water” and ” Gucci Rush”. I’m thinking about selling this service: “IF YOU’VE GOT A SMELL, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IT IS” . I’m also good at noticing hair continuity in films. In a universe far away these are excellent skills to have…