Mrs Wilberforce Was Right

One of the lines that always got one of the biggest laughs in the Ladykillers belonged to Mrs Wilberforce.  We’d stand behind the set waiting for our cue and the wonderful Marcia Warren, or no less wonderful Angela Thorne would deliver the line: Our tea-time is three; we’re old, we get up at four-thirty.

The last two mornings I’ve found those words going round in my head as I’ve woken up just after four on both days.  I didn’t get up, of course.  No way!  I watched tv and read, but it did set me pondering the question: does this … Read the rest »

The Green-Eyed Monster

In the last twenty-four hours I’ve tried very hard to find another acting job as Ladykillers is in its last four weeks. Boo! Boo! Sob! Sob!

I was gutted to find out that my planned trip to Antigua next month has ruled me out of  applying for several juicy parts.  So, the way I’ve decided to deal with this disappointment is to put myself forward for loads of other parts, thus turning a negative into a positive.  I much prefer to be pro-active and have never been one to let the grass grow under my feet.  And, the nature of … Read the rest »

The Vortex

It’s a beautiful morning in Hadleigh.  I’d like to say I’ve been up since the crack of dawn but it would be a porkie.  I’ve allowed myself the luxury of a lie-in today.  Because I’m worth it.

It has been a very busy time since I got back from Antigua on Monday.  In fact, I was going to call this post ‘Am I on my Arse or my Elbow?’ but thought that might be rude and inappropriate.  But I’ve felt as if I’ve been gradually sucked into the vortex of the whirlwind that has been my life over the last … Read the rest »

Woo Who!

I have to say that I have never really been a Dr Who fan, simply because sci-fi is a genre that doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.  However, now that I can say I actually know the Doctor, I feel a keen insterest in the programme coming on!

I was very fortunate to have been in the first production of the Ladykillers at the Gielgud in Shaftesbury Avenue (the theatre where Dame Helen famously berated the Brasilian drummers while dressed as the Queen) from November 2011- April 2012 when the wonderful Peter Capaldi played Professor Marcus.  Being on stage … Read the rest »

Anna’s Actors

On Tuesday night I was so thrilled to see a group of my mates from the Anna Scher Theatre come along to the Vaudeville Theatre in the Strand to watch the Ladykillers.  Every single one of them is a talented actor in their own right and I very much appreciated their support, especially as my role is small.  Although it’s said that there are no small roles only small actors!!

But this is the ethos that Anna Scher has always instilled into her students – to support each other.  When the Daughter attended AST as a child, they were always … Read the rest »

Whirling Around and Watching Wimbledon

Well!  It’s been a funny old week and a half at what is almost turning into Wimblegeddon.  After all the injuries and shock-exits of last week – drum roll – Serena Williams out in the fourth round!  Who would have thought it?  I know that Sabine Lisicki is a good player; she’s put out big names in previous Wimbledons, including Sharapova and Li Na.  But Serena?   The list of quarter-finalists would probably have got you odds of 5000-1 before the championship started.  And it’s a bit like that in the men’s draw, too, although at least there the No 1 … Read the rest »

No News, Good News, Bad News

Even with my self-imposed news blackout, I couldn’t avoid the shocking news of Drummer Lee Rigby’s death.  It was beyond awful, beyond sick, beyond unbelievable.  What was even more awful, sick and unbelievable was that someone actually filmed the killer, covered in Lee’s blood spouting rubbish and that all sides of the media showed it, in the case of the newspapers on the front pages and in the case of TV channels on the News, time and time again before the Watershed. 

I was also sickened by the rants on social media; the hatred and the bitterness.  Yes, what happened … Read the rest »