Adventure With Rusticus
2 September 2017
This summer I was cast to perform at the beautiful setting of Castle Howard for the brilliant Rusticus Theatre Company.
Rusticus, directed by Jon Stokes and Rebecca Jenkins, produce theatrical performances throughout the summer that are educational and fun for young and old at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues
The production of “Plant Hunters” at castle Howard had me performing many roles while at the same time running through the beautiful woodlands of the castle that was used for the filming of the TV show and 2008 film Brideshead Revisited.
Roles for me included playing, George Forrest, Pere David and Joseph Rock. All of whom were real explorers from the early 1800’s to the 1900’s, who told their stories throughout the adventure.
The audiences were fantastic as was the weather, which after my years touring Shakespeare outdoors theatre with Heartbreak productions, know only too well that is not always the case. Not only was the production great fun, I also lost a few pounds after covering roughly 19,000 steps a day while performing.
Thank you to all at rusticus.co.uk and I look forward to being part of their cast again, next time I hope with some halloween fun!
I will say this only once....
5 August 2017
I am delighted to announce I will be appearing at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield in the production of Allo allo.
I am playing the role of Gruber, the rather camp German officer.
For those who don’t know it, ‘Allo ‘Allo! was a BBC television British sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992, comprising 85 episodes. The story is set in a small-town café in German-occupied France during the Second World War.
The play is written by David Croft, who also created the series and wrote the theme music.
I am really looking forward to rehearsals and performing on such a historical beautiful stage at the theatre royal.
The dates are 3rd – 7th October 2017
Box office 01924 211 311
New Role To Play
27 July 2017
Recently I set up my own business, Inform and Perform Ltd. This is a new venture to give me a business format to the varied work I do and also a greater production value to other work I am asked to deliver involving me sourcing other actors.More details on this to follow….
But I am delighted to announce that now under the inform and perform umbrella, we will now be working as part of a very small team of trusted suppliers to Skipton Building society.
who will be responsible for delivering major components to their ongoing Leadership and culture course, as well as other varied projects including other in house training and video filming.
The society was established way back in 1853 and has a long history in the financial sector and is now the 4th largest building society in the UK, with over 100 branches and a pre tax profit back in 2015 of £146.9 million. All leaders within this organisation are involved in an in house, ongoing leadership programmes, where I will be involved using drama tools like forum theatre, hot seating and bespoke role play. Working with high level leaders is something I have experience of after delivering leadership workshops with top level members of many companies including SSE, Arqiva and Lloyds in the past, so I am really looking forward to dealing with management and leadership issues at this level, and all the challenges that can bring for any individual.
I am delighted to be involved in this long running programme now, after a london based company lost a contract of supplying actors with Skipton, after they wanted to work on a smaller elite team with more local experienced actors going forward.
It is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to many years working together with them.
Diageo Ignite International Conference
17 July 2017
I would just like to say a massive thank you to the team at Collingwood learning, for inviting me to be part of their team, that were responsible for delivering the theatre-based learning sessions at Diageo’s IGNITE conference in London.
The performance and workshop was designed to inspire the organisation’s international leaders and to engage with their Inclusion & Diversity agenda and Alcohol in Society commitments. The comments on the way out from all the delegates strongly suggest that we did that.
Thank you to the whole collingwood team and everyone at Diageo who looked after us so well, and I look forward to working with you again in the near future.
4 July 2017
Presenting is something I have always loved doing and that doesn’t matter if that is live in front of a corporate audience, or in a studio in front of a TV camera. So I am so lucky, that as a freelance presenter I get to spend time not just presenting, but another skill I am always looking to master, and that is interviewing people.
On the HOCHANDA TV show where I work freelance at times, the guests are the experts who talk through their work and demonstrate how to create things for the viewer. My role is simple, ask questions that the viewers want to know the answers to. Not to talk more than the guest, not to bombard them with my views. It is not the interviewers show. The audience are there to watch the expert and learn, and I love that.
I believe the secret to holding a great interview is simple, Genuinely listen to what is said and respond to that….after all, When you talk, you are only repeating what you know: but when you listen, you learn something new. The Dalai Lama
Time To Enact
15 June 2017
I am delighted to say I have now have worked with a company that have been on my radar for sometime, Enact Solutions. I was approached by their creative director Rosie Perkins after much emailing to each other about being involved in several jobs beforehand, but had always clashed with one thing or another. This time the planets were aligned and I was in a position to join the team and help deliver a brilliant masterclass two day event on interview technique for future leaders.
Enact Solutions have a great ethos about what they do. Believing that “if you want people to really listen, to be actively engaged, and open to new ideas and possibilities, then you need to connect with them as whole human beings…and nothing does this quite like drama. We don’t teach people to act, but using our highly interactive approach we inspire them to take action”.
My first event was a real collaborative experience, working alongside 3 great actors and being directed by a very old friend of mine that I had not worked with for over 20 years, when we were both in the London Bubbles touring production of the punk musical “Too Much Too Young” Jon Stokes. Apart from slightly greyer hair, hasn’t changed one bit….I on the other hand had hair back then, and it was even died Ginger for the part I played called “Ginge” funnily enough and I am now bald…enough said!!lol
It was a real pleasure to work with everyone at Enact Solutions and I really hope to be involved with them again very soon with another creative project.
King Of The Vikings!
13 May 2017
A massive thank you to all the team at PMA Productions who I had the pleasure of working with on this new and exciting production. The live interactive Viking show was great fun to be involved with and the audience of over 200 other vikings was an experience I will not forget in a hurry….
Again another event where I learnt so much, for example I never knew if a Viking didn’t die in battle, they were said to have gone to Viking hell, where they only had Goat urine to drink! Thank goodness this was only theatre!!! Lol
Thank you again to everyone who was involved!
Medical Role Play For Peel
11 May 2017
I am pleased to say I will now be working with another great role play company over the coming months as the Hospital University in Liverpool begin its next round of medical tests and exams.
For many years role play, simulation and associated theatre based learning techniques have been used as a training methodology to allow practitioners to build skills, test strategies and develop safe practice in a constructive environment.
PEEL Roleplay combines decades of experience in this field with sound project management and an unprecedented level of quality assurance and professionalism in this field and I am looking forward to working alongside the team with all future sessions I have been booked for in the coming months.