Flowers on your desk = highly recommended!
Greetings from glorious Edinburgh!
I arrived with an hour to spare via the ever Mega Megabus last night and am well and truly settled in to my new home for the next few weeks. How lovely is the view 30 seconds from my digs…?!
The plan is that I’ll keep this here news page pretty regularly up to date (more so than usual) with my Fringey goings on…
The promo video is all done and uploaded and you can view its wonder here:
Big thanks to Geoffrey Sautner for doing the biz.
The preview of Fabled at Theatre503 was a resounding success, with me sweating off pretty much all of my make up (stingy eyes owwwwww!) and I’m PUMPED to give it my all for everyone who comes to be Fabled over the next month.
In a moment of madness today, I thought I’d start doing an Edinburgh Fringe video diary. FIRST INSTALLMENT HERE. Who knows how regular this will be!
In other news, I’m now booked to do Gypsy Hotel on the 15th of September and there’ll be plentiful amounts of cabaret dates throughout this month at the Fringe. I’ve also gone and put my songs on MySpace.
August, here I come…
Fabled preparations continue at lightening speed: re-writes and records have been done, soundtrack tweeks continue, new props are materialising and rehearsals are going great guns at Jackson’s Lane – very grateful for the space!
The photo shoot for the show by www.mecaniques.co.uk was a resounding success:
…as was the video promo shoot, the fruits of which are headed imminently internet-wards.
Many things (like actually buying my train/coach ticket up to Edinburgh) are backing up but every day brings progress!
The Postcards Cabaret at Jackson’s Lane last month was a storming success (find amazing pictures of the night by AbsolutQueer Photography here) and, off the back of it, I’m performing on the Bandstand at the Secret Garden Party this Sunday. Somehow I’m going to pull a 20 minute Lois of the Lane act out of the bag…
On top of all this, I’ve added a new song to my songs page. Please find ‘Android‘ there for your delectation.
Ahoy! So, here’s my brand spanking new website ready for a fresh leap into creative action this Spring. It’s been another quiet few months, blog-wise, around these parts but, as ever, stuff’s been going down. The main thing was trying to find a new place to live and then getting settled in, but thankfully that’s all now done and dusted and I’m most definitely ready TO GET CRACKIN’.
In August I made a brief jaunt up to the Edinburgh Fringe where I made a couple of appearances at the Gorgeous George Cabaret Club, singing some of my songs and doing a bit of Lois of the Lane-ing. Lovely to see everyone and get my Fringe fix.
September saw me popping up to Birmingham to Lois of the Lane at Barbara Nice‘s Jamboree at A.E. Harris. A grand evening it was too. For all of you Brum-based, the next one’s on Friday the 20th of April and you can book tickets now.
Here’s a picture of me doing ‘Alive and Amplified’ that night, picture by Graeme Braidwood:
There was also a great 1st Birthday Village Green in September, theme: Hotel vs Camping, where I performed Chris Issac’s ‘Blue Hotel’ with the lyrics changed to make it about an Hotel painted blue…
November saw me hosting a Pac Man vs Pac-a-Mac Village Green then, after the Crimbo hiatus, I was back in the driving seat on Friday the 13th of January at the ‘Bad Luck Cabaret’ at The Space with a BRAND NEW Lois of the Lane act called ‘Somewhere’ which went down a treat. Here’s me gurning away as normal during the show, photo by Johanna Spiers:
January also saw another Village Green, the theme being Spelling Bee, where I performed Arthur Askey’s ‘The Bee Song’ with the lyrics changed to make it about a Spelling Bee (the reference was mostly lost as only one person in the audience had even heard of the song… ha!).
Aside from all of this, I’ve also been in the very early stages of rehearsal of a brand new play called ‘Kill the President’ by James O’Shea which should be on in London in September, funding dependent… and I’ve also hooked up with Angela Gasparetto who’s going to be helping me develop all aspects of my performance goings on – exciting times!
The BIG big news is that my new solo show is going to be premiering in June. It’s called ‘Fabled’ and it will be showing, initially, for one night only at the Holloway Arts Festival at 5pm at Platform. Details and tickets here. Now I’ve finished my website, the task is to actually finish writing the show and get it all ready – I like a deadline! More dates for the show following shortly, all being well…
2012 – I’m comin’ atcha!
I’ve just come to the end of a long day’s sound editing on my computer and my brain is pretty fried, but I am determined to push a blog out before I collapse into bed. Hmm… that sounds wrong.
The sound in question was a long overdue re-edit of my Lois of the Lane Air Guitar act which I’m going to be doing at tomorrow (today’s!) monthly Village Green Preservation Society night at The Betsey Trotwood. Much happier with the act now – just got to find some time to rehearse it…
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!
and here’s a snippet of my act:
Now, to sleep….
At the beginning of November I had my first ever comparing gig at FanSHEN theatre company’s 5th Birthday bash at Southwark Playhouse. I survived, and managed to do a few songs and a Lois of the Lane slot in amongst the fantastic musicians and DJ who were playing that night. Grand evening!
At the end of November I made another outing to the Village Green Preservation Society‘s monthly night. It looks like I may well be a regular there if I manage to keep pulling songs out of the bag! I’ll be back there in January all being well. (As my blog updates on here are sometimes quite sporadic, you could join my Facebook group if you want to be kept more in the loop with such stuff… mebbee?)
Following this I made an appearance this week on The Other Woman Podcast, chatting about the kind of stuff I get up to and playing a couple of songs. You can listen to the whole thing here:
…and the songs I played, here:
Thank you, ladies, for having me!
The tracks’ll end up on my singing page at some point soon. As one of them includes “Me and Mr Bones”, here is a picture of said legendary animal, just because I can 🙂