Infinity and Beyond!

I had another fun night reading at Liars’ League a couple of weeks ago.

Photo: Katy Darby

Infinity and Beyond was a sci-fi-flavoured special to commemorate 50 years since the moon landings, featuring five forward-looking stories exploring the ultimate theme.

All the stories and videos are now online and you can find a podcast of the night here.

Here I am reading The Martlet, written by Abigail Lee:

Lovin’ the chosen frame for the video 😆  LOOKIN’ GOOOOD.

One Hundred

I had the pleasure of kicking off Liars’ League‘s 100th EVENT: Hundreds and Thousands, earlier this month by reading a super succinct and melancholicly tinged 100 word story – ‘One Hundred Years’ by Joanne L M Williams.


A transcript of the story, along with all the other 100 word stories from the night, can be found here, podcast of the whole night here and video evidence below:

Here’s to the next 100!

Selfie Stick all up in Yo Face

So far, February has seen me venture out to read another story for Liars’ League – this time for their ‘Clean and Dirty’ Valentine’s special.

Here I am, mid read, in my flatmate’s fluffy leopard print dressing gown:

The story was entitled ‘Selfie Stick’ – a saucy little number, penned by Michael Clarke, which you can listen to below:

Sexual perversity in Stoke Newington… When our narrator gets bored in bed, her Swedophile hipster boyfriend suggests filming an amateur porno – in IKEA… and that ain’t the half of it!

A podcast of all the ‘Clean and Dirty’ stories can be found right here and the mp3 and text of ‘Selfie Stick’ can be found here. PHWOARRRR.

Bye bye 2015 and hello there 2016

It’s a new year and things are a brewin’.

More on that soon…

2015 was rounded off by a second outing of my new Lois of the Lane ‘Shake’ act at Properganda in Stoke Newington (which now happily involves a steak dog toy):

and another reading for Liars’ League for their Christmas event ‘Kith and Kin’:


Mp3 and text of the story, ‘Maryam’s Prayer’, by Abigail Lee, can be found here, a podcast of all the stories from the night can be found here and video footage of me in action – RIGHT HERE:

Seduced by an angel (or was he?) poor Maryam must risk the consequences and face the future with her new husband and unborn child…

Spooky Lies

October’s seen more story reading action from me for Liars’ League – this time, with tales of a spooky persuasion, as we lurch expectantly towards Halloween…

On the 13th, at their Signs and Omens event at the Phoenix, I read The Magic Slate by Pat Black and on the 16th, at the Brick Brewery in Peckham, as part of Lit Crawl, I read Coin Karma by Kate Franklin.

Here I am, mid Magic Slate:


Text, videos and mp3s of The Magic Slate, and all the other Signs and Omens stories, here,

Podcast of The Magic Slate and 2 other Signs and Omens stories here,

and videos of both The Magic Slate and Coin Karma, below:

When Terri buys a cheap toy at the corner shop to keep her son Ben quiet, what he draws on it will come back to haunt them both …

 

Sandra collects face-up coins and flips those that are face-down, for the next passerby to find. A reversal of bad fortune for good, a blessing from the Universe. Only, is she meddling in things she shouldn’t?

 

Enjoy, if you dare

Sweet Little Lies

Last night I found myself reading a beautiful story called ‘The Chip on your Shoulder’ by Imogen Hermes Gowar at the Liars’ League‘s ‘Boom and Bust‘ event at The Phoenix – my first bit of live spoken performance in godknowsHOWlong!

Despite the fact that it wasn’t a silent performance, the facial expressions were still out in full force.

Here I am, in action, with a big fat grin on my face:

and here is the video evidence:

(It’s definitely time for my tri-monthly hair cut…  LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR!)

Be/Not Be

I fancied doing a bit of impromptu To Be or Not To Be-ing in my back garden a couple of months ago.

Learnt the speech in the morning then – BAM.

Here are the results:

Now to do it on stage…

Braiiiiiiiin…

After many, many hours of website updating – my brain is now more mushy than usual.  Some of it may be dripping out of my right ear.  Who can say…?  Now you can find: production photos from Glitch; a freshly tidied up singing page which now includes my new Zombie song that I recorded this week with my bro + 2 tracks recorded during my interview on Leith FM in August; my latest headshots and some fantastic photos taken during a shoot by Gavin Hill of Mecaniques Photography on the gallery page.  See below for an example of the latter:

PLUS I’ve added some more photos to my MySpace photos page, including some great Lois of the Lane in action shots, one of these being this one, taken by Piglicker:

(It appears I never leave the house without said stripy top on…)

There has been a whole host of other general tidying up/updating bits including the expulsion of a sneaky rogue apostrophe.  (Ha ha!  I tame you, punctuation.)

Soon I can stop looking at a computer screen and all will be well.

In other news – No Suprises went down a storm last Saturday.  It was an overwhelming success and a whole heap of money was raised.  Very glad to have been a part of it.  Enjoyed myself muchly 🙂

This week, on Thursday the 28th, I’m playing at the Village Green Preservation Society‘s monthly night at The Betsey Trotwood again.  Last month’s was great!  This time, the theme is Tricks and Treats so my Last 2 Zombies song is making another appearance, along with another song I’m yet to write.  No idea what’s going to pop out.

For now though, I must switch off.  Night all.  Zzzzzzzzzzz…

No alarms and…

Here are some more details about the one-off performance I’m in next Saturday.  I’ve got a really great part in a play called ‘No Surprises’, written by my friend Mikail Chowdhury.  He wrote it whilst doing the writers course at the Royal Court and is putting it on to raise money for a charity.

Here’s the spiel:

Set in the near future, the first Muslim Prime Minister of Great Britain is facing a terrorist attack and a nuclear crisis which threatens to pull the country into another lengthy and damaging conflict.  As he considers a dangerous course of action that could lead to the deaths of thousands of innocent lives he is faced with a younger version of himself.

As the Prime Minister tries to reconcile his past choices and religion with the consequences of his actions, the time for a decision draws closer and he is faced with the choice of making the ultimate sacrifice.

This dark comedy explores the question of whether the greater good is always the most right course of action, and how far would you go for your beliefs.

I’m playing Tahiya, the no-nonsense advisor to the Prime Minister.  She has a wonderfully dry sense of humour and I have some really great lines – sort of a cross between Margot from The Good Life, Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It and CJ from the The West Wing…

This is the info about the charity:

We are setting up an initiative to provide medical care to women, their young children and immediate families in Dhaka (currently they have no medical treatment whatsoever and suffer badly as a result) and are working in conjunction with and NGO called Tarango (http://www.tarango-bd.org/) who do some excellent work taking destitute women and giving them training, a safe place to work, salary and independence.

We need to raise £3,000 for the first year and will provide a weekly on-site medical consultation service, pay for medication and provide seminars on things such as family planning, sexual and women’s health issues.

The event runs:

2pm – 4pm
on
Saturday 16th October
at
Oxford House
Derbyshire Street
Bethnal Green
LONDON E2 6HG
020 7739 9001

 

with the performance starting at 2:45pm

Tickets are £15 (I think!)

The event is on Facebook here.

Rehearsals started this week and it’s going to be one step up from a rehearsed reading – we’re probably still going to be using scripts, but it will be staged.  (Need to carry on getting my lines in my head today…)  It’s a really great show with a very good cast and I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

Guitar, maaan

I’m currently sat all beatnik-ed up in my room, ready to go and perform at the inaugural night of The Village Preservation Society‘s monthly residency at The Betsey Trotwood this evening.

Slight changes (or rather: additions) are now afoot in my cabaret offerings following my jaunt up to the Edinburgh Fringe last month.  I went up to busk on the mean streets of the Royal Mile and prepared some cover versions and original bits to sing and play guitar to.  I even made the very serious investment of purchasing a kazoo and bastardised harmonica holder to spice up the proceedings.

Considering I would never have dreamt of singing and playing in front of people under normal circumstances, coupled with the fact that I haven’t picked up my guitar regularly for ages, it went really well!  I made a few bob (I do really mean ‘few’), didn’t have rotten food thrown at me and massively upped my confidence levels.  I had NOWHERE NEAR as big a crowd as some of the old hands, but it was muchly useful nonetheless.

I subsequently had a radio interview on Leith FM, where I played a couple of my original songs (I’ll upload the catchily titled ‘A Chinese Food Loving Vegetarian’s Lament’, based on a song you’ll aaaaall know, soon…) and a couple of gigs at the legendary Bongo Club Cabaret where I had a fantastic time and realised that playing and singing in front of people and actually speaking(!) in between that, isn’t actually all that bad.  Lovely friendly place to discover that.  Thank you Bongo and Rhymes with Purple!  Who’d’ve thunk it?  Lois of the Lane made a brief but triumphant appearance at the Bongo too.  She’s definitely here to stay 🙂

So, on the back of this, I’ve decided to start writing some more songs and do them on the comedy/cabaret circuit – as well as Ms of the Lane – and this evening I’m premiering a jaunty new song entitled ‘The Last 2 Zombies in the World‘ which I knocked out on Sunday.  A month or so early I suppose, but it’s good to be prepared.  (You never know when they might strike..)  I’ll get it recorded at some point soon and stick it on my singing page.  Keep your eyes/ears peeled for more…

Since I’ve been back from the beautiful ‘burgh I was a part of Jennifer Farmer‘s première performance of her new immersive theatre/sound play ‘Conversations I Wish I Could Overhear’ which was part of the Spit ‘n’ Scrub open studios at ASC Studios in Bow.  I’ve also just found out that I’ve got a cracking part in a great piece called ‘No Surprises’ by Mikail Chowdhury, that’s going to be part of a one off charity event on the afternoon of Saturday 16th of October.  More details on this one soon.  Really looking forward to getting my teeth into it!

Until then, here’s a couple of picture of me busking on the Southbank, just before heading up to Edinburgh, taken by my friend Sarah:

You’ve gotta love a kazoo…