Mini School Tour
10 November 2017
Just wanted to say what a great week I had touring the Togo and Nogo road safety show with the team from quickfoot media. It has been a very long time since I have done a show aimed at children apart from Pantomime (oh no it hasn’t – oh yes it really has!!! ) but What a lovely time and what great people we met and plenty of good laughs also. I have written an article about why TIE is important to do at some point in every actors early career that can be view on my linkedIn page.
Trick Or Treat?
31 October 2017
It was fantastic to be asked back to perform with the brilliant company Rusticus this halloween for their spooky adventure.
Having already worked for the first time with Jon and Bex earlier this year (creators of Rusticus) I was delighted to be asked back again to join in and create a spooky adventure specifically for little people. The aim was fun and not to scare the living daylights out of children. It was a great event and was received so well by everyone who attended this event at Sledmere house.
I got to play Scary the scarecrow, who happens to be scared by anything that moves – or even doesn’t move.
The lovely point about working with Rusticus is they always look for imagination and creativity from their actors they use,to create drama and intrigue for all ages to watch, and so yet again was a real treat to play with other actors who just want to create something magical for any audience.
Thank you again to all the team, and I hope to be back working with them in 2018.
18 October 2017
I was delighted to be invited to the world premiere of the latest John Gober film Last Laugh last night and What a fantastic film it is with some excellent performances in it.
Filmed in just 24 days and a budget under £35000, this is a remarkable achievement for all involved, especially when you think the budget for one episode of a soap opera is over five times that amount.
Filmed on location in Hull, This film follows the story of a young man going through some hard times with his family and discovers the best way to get it off of his chest is talk about it via a stand up routine at an open mic night. A brilliant concept that we visit throughout the film as it narrates the story before us.
John Gober ,writer of great theatre classics like up ‘n under, on the piste and bouncers has not only written another classic script, but delivers a truly amazing, simple but very watchable on screen performance.
The film has been produced by visulize films, a new production company set up by John Danbury (pictured with me above) and Daniel coll. This is their first feature film but have more in the pipeline as well as a documentary style tv show called “Are we there yet” that was filmed in 2016.
8 October 2017
So the curtain comes down on another production and what a great production it has been. This was my first time working at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield and it has been a real pleasure. The show was great fun and the cast fantastic to work with. The reviews have been amazing also, here is a section of one for example;“Outstanding”
The show is so enjoyable and it’s a production that is well worth coming to see. The scenery is great and the swift changes between scenes are keeping the tempo up on this well-paced play. The tempo and the humour carries on into the second half of the show, and Scott Worsfold’s performance of Lieutenant Gruber, who has the hots for Rene, is outstanding and the reason for a number of whoops of laughter, especially when a talking stuffed parrot causes confusion for Gruber and embarrassment for Rene as he tries to decline the German’s advances without offending him.
Corporate Filming For KIA Cars
28 September 2017
I would like to say a massive thank you to the MOBEDIA team for making another filming day go with ease and smiles. It is always a pleasure to work with talented people who know what they want, and the best way to achieve it, and all without any stress, tension or panic, and the crew at Mobedia always achieve that.
Mobedia are a digital innovation company that produces TV adverts, eLearning, 2D/3D animation and video marketing campaigns for a wealth of clients, including; AUDI, CHESTER ZOO, ALDI, SIMPLY CARDS, CAREX, WWF,SANTANDER, THE CRYSTAL MAZE, PUMA and SUZUKI.
I have now filmed several productions with them and this is my second for KIA motors and their new KIA STONIC. I loved the shoot but I have to say, I loved the car even more….I did ask if now I had been sitting in the car throughout the filming, if that meant i could now keep it, but they said no! maybe next time?
Oh yes I am.....
22 September 2017
I am delighted to announce that I will be once again appearing for PMA Productions, in their Christmas Production of Alice In Wonderland.
The show is set to tour to the lovely and friendly Festival Hall, Market Drayton and then residing at the fantastic Library theatre Darwen, until Christmas eve.
This year I will be joined once again by the brilliant Fiona egan and my comedy side kick, the slapstick master himself Will Cousins performing Tweedledum to my Tweedledee. I also look forward to meeting the rest of this brilliant cast.
Details for tickets
Court Room Drama....
15 September 2017
What a great event I have just finished working on with Enact solutions training company. From start to finish this was a joy to be involved with.
The issue of contractor safety on major sites can be a tricky one. How do the parent company make sure all contracting teams are doing what they need to do to keep safe….all the time? As well as documents and RAMS etc, trust can play a part, but what happens when that trust is broken and lives change when people don’t do what they are supposed to do.
The court room drama training was designed and held was for National Grid on the Isle Of Grain which is a huge plant and is responsible for 20% of the UK energy supply. What was put before the delegates was a breath of fresh air for the delegates. With real lawyers on hand to cross examine the us,defendants, this was a great piece of drama with plenty of learning to take from it for all, and kept all parties interested and engaged from the taking of the oaths at the start to the sentencing at the end.
Getting the point across of safety on working sites is always a challenge to make interesting and relevant to people that have many years of experience behind them….and so trying to do something that will impact people and will be something they can remember going forward is sometimes a challenge ….this did, and they will not forget for quite some time I am sure.
Serious Role Play
7 September 2017
I would not like to think about how many different characters I have played as an actor involved with role play work, but this character is one I will not forget in a hurry.
This was me playing the role of Simone for a medical role play examination, on behalf of a role play company I have worked with many times. Simone is a male who lived her life as a women except when she went to work. She now wants to move intro the next phase of becoming a women completely.I can’t say too much about the reactions I received from the candidates, but let’s just say that some were very good at showing empathy, understanding and support, while others…..well they just didn’t!
A serious role to perform (roughly 40 times)but also great fun, but I still prefer playing Dame at Christmas!!! lol