I appear to have had all my hair chopped off 😀 Renders my headshots slightly out of date, but it certainly feels good! Hello Summer. The pixie-esque crop will have useful photographic evidence soon-ish.
In less hair-based news – my show GLITCH made another appearance last week: I was support to 2 bands at The Lexington in Angel. Wasn’t sure how it would go down in a gig setting, but it worked surprisingly well!
This Saturday I’m off out to do some Lois of the Lane air guitaring at The Stag’s Head in Hoxton for the legendary night that is Gypsy Hotel. I’ve even bought me some rockin’ wristbands for the occasion. Splendid.
I’m back at The Betsey next Monday the 30th of May where I will be very pleased to be playing a couple of songs for John Hegley‘s monthly night.
The week after, on Saturday the 11th of June at 2pm, I’m going to be doing a one off performance of my show GLITCH in the Old Fire Station on Mayton Street (N7 6QT) for the Mayton Street Festival which is part of the Holloway Arts Festival. It’s freeeeeeee!
Circuit went down really well the week before last and Iris Theatre have plans afoot to get it on again. Here are some pictures of me as the malfunctioning musician android:
I was generally being a helpful sailor and keeping an eye on Paul Garner‘s freakshow artwork:
June saw me freaking out with the Gawkagogo Freakshow again – this time at the Udderbelly on the Southbank as part of the Time Out Live Friday Night Freakshow. There was pigging and a bit of Siamese Twin action:
(Lots of black wig wearing going on over the past few months!)
Also finally put in an application to the Arts Council in June, for funding to re-develop and re-vamp Super Situation. ALL TOES ARE CROSSED. I’ve just been on a fund raising course too, so NOTHING WILL STOP ME…
Moving on to July, last Thursday I was part of Jennifer Farmer’s 10 minute slot during the Brand writers symposium at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival. She presented 4 small sections of piece she is developing entitled ‘thefadingcity’ which will ultimately be a large scale immersive theatre piece. I was doing random, absurd, interactive improvised stuff with kitchen implements, imaginary toxic ingredients and song. Love it 🙂
I’m putting on Super Situation and Glitch at the (almost) newly opened Waterloo East Theatre on Brad Street next week. Here be map. Also on the bill is ‘Baby Rice Cakes’ by Michele Hallak; performed by Michele and the Director of Super Situation: Jamie Rocha Allan. (We have the honour of being the first professional shows on there – whoop!) Important details below:
Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd of July
7:30pm – Super Situation
9pm – Baby Rice Cakes followed by Glitch
It’s part of the Best of Festivals season produced by Theatre6 which is warming up the theatre before it officially opens in September. Looking forward to cracking on with rehearsals next week 🙂
In August I’m going to be disappearing off to the Edinburgh Fringe to do a bit of busking for just over a week. As yet, I still have to dust off my guitar and come up with the songs, but, seemingly, I like a challenge!
First up – I had a grand time performing Glitch at the British Library during January and February. Thanks to all who came down and made it so enjoyable! There are more performances of the show in the pipeline which I’ll keep you up to date with when I have more information. At some point I’ll get round to uploading the great photos that were taken during the month.
Following on from this marvellous run, I’m now putting together a new one woman show for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Expect a 50 minute extravaganza, in the same style as Glitch – no spoken words from me, an accompanying soundtrack with words, music and sound effects, ridiculousness etc. I’ve got some great people on board already to help me with the project and I’m very excited to see what’s going to pop out of my brain. I’ve already secured a fantastic venue so there’ll be more on this very soon. Just got to find me some money from somewhere…
Lois of the Lane will be featuring in this new show, and in between me scrabbling around trying to get it all ready in time, she’ll hopefully still be venturing out every so often to do the odd gig here and there. I took her over to Bob Slayer‘s comedy night at Dirty Dick’s a few weeks ago, which went really well, despite an initial technical panic. Eep.
So, all go quite frankly – which is the way I like it!
Unfortunately, due to the exciting snow situation (woo hoo!) the bit of the British Library I’m performing in will be closing at 5pm tonight, meaning that both of my shows this evening have been cancelled.
(I was all ready to battle in with my husky and snow shoes and everything.)
I will however be back on Saturday to carry on fighting the good fight…
Despite what the radio silence of late may suggest, I can assure you that I did indeed make it back from the Edinburgh Fringe in one piece at the end of August – never you fear. I had a very good, useful trip up there with me and my alter ego, meeting a whole host of lovely talented people and doing some storming gigs, performing for the Bongo Club Cabaret, Sideshow, Bob Slayer‘s ‘You Bastard’ and Carnival des Phenomenes. Thanks to all who made it such a marvellous 2 mini trips.
Aside from cabaret bits, my little one woman black comedy GLITCH is to be making an exciting re-appearance early next year. I’ll be performing it at the British Library‘s Taking Liberties exhibition, Tuesdays and Saturdays from mid January to mid February:
Tuesdays 20, 27 Jan and 3, 10 Feb
at 17:30 and 19:00
Saturdays 24, 31 Jan and 7, 14 Feb
at 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00
Here’s the latest version of the blurb:
A 30-minute black comedy performance set in an imaginary near future. A lone traveller finds herself trapped during an automated security check. Rather than succumb to the totalitarian surveillance, she attempts to outwit the machine and make a bid for freedom.
There really is some great stuff going on as part of this exhibition so I’m over the moon to be involved in it!
Now onto the grand plan mentioned in the last post… Well, not much in the way of juicy tidbits for you just yet, but to whet your whistle, I’m in the very early stages of developing a Feature Film. It’s going to be a slightly surreal character comedy involving many of the bright and talented sparks that I know. Very excited. Updates will be posted here.
So, the latest round of Glitch performances went down a storm. Thank you to all of you who made it along and to all who helped out. Another sell-out!! I had a great time and managed to get a few photographs taken – a couple of which you can see below. I look ever so serious…
When I’ve got all of the pictures on my computer I’ll upload ’em properly. Hopefully there’ll be more dates for Glitch, so watch this space. Want to start developing a new project too…
Yup, my one woman dystopian black comedy Glitch is back and this time will feature me as my silent comedy alter ego Lois of the Lane.
It’s playing at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden for 5 nights. Get yer bottoms down there!
There might even be some more free badges:
(Not that I’m trying to bribe you or anything.)
A little potted history of Glitch can be found on my Projects page and here’s the blurb:
Welcome to Room 8933 and the new ‘Stay Safe!’ Character Vetting Process!
‘Stay Safe!’ marks the dawn of a new era of security at Passport Control. A few minutes and a short digital questionnaire later: you’re free to continue your onward journey.
Quick, simple efficient and painless: ‘Stay Safe!’ – for you, for us, for everyone.
What could possibly go wrong…?
December was a very Crimbly affair for meself (the usual rushing about the shops, sweating profusely and much merrymaking) but I did manage to appear as the Fairy Godmother in Total Rock‘s Christmas Panto ‘Cinderella Boberella’ for me mate Talita.
Glitch proved to be a sellout success at the Etcetera on the 11th and 12th. Thanks to all who came! I had some fantastic feedback and I’m planning on putting the show on again in London asap. More on that soon hopefully…
Prior to my Glitch performances, in the midst of the preparations, I found myself prancing around on Gawkagogo‘s stage at Torture Garden‘s New Year’s Eve bash. We started dancing at 9pm and went right through to 6am. (Well, I was more ‘shuffling’ for a number of hours.)
During the evening I inhabited the bodies of a Pig Faced Child:
and Hooters the Clown:
(You can really tell how tired we all were by this point!)
On another Hooters note – me and her (us) are heading up to Brum next month in Gawkagogo‘s extra large suitcase for the Candy Box Burlesque Valentine Spectacular at the Glee Club on the 11th. There’s going to be a live band to accompany shenanigans and everything. Looking forward to it!
After that I’m going to be involved in the 356 plays event at The Pleasance in Norf London. Not entirely sure how yet, but all shall be made clear…
Ooh, and Paul Garner‘s Monster Art Exhibition is still going on at Tusk Tattoo in town. The opening night was great fun! Photos n stuff here.