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Last month I was hired to be the ongoing ‘voice of PageTiger’. My character, Clara, helps customers to build websites by providing step-by-step instructions which accompany videos created for this task. This is a really lovely ongoing gig that I’m able to carry out from my very own Beacon Studio so I get the chance to hone my voiceover and recording/mastering skills simultaneously. Voiceover work is something I’m really enjoying getting into after having worked on the Tomb Raider movie last year, so I hope to do more of it and flex my vocal skills over the coming months.
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The Time’s Up movement and #metoo campaign have rightly been in the news a lot over the past few months, and hopefully we’re now on our way to eliminating the sorts of attitudes and behaviours that made both of these necessary to make our industry a safe place to work. I myself have undergone significant sexual harassment and bullying in the recent past, and was fortunate to have had the support and backing of our actors’ union, Equity, throughout. Following my experiences they approached me to be interviewed for their quarterly magazine, which I agreed to and which was published last week. I would urge any actors who are not yet a member to join, and you can read my story here.
Hound of the Baskervilles was a great success – always a good sign when Non-Theatre-Goers don’t want the show to end!
Here’s a shot of the stage during our tech and our promo… Watch this space for a comeback tour!
Rehearsals for Hound of the Baskervilles are in full swing and entering the final stages before our sharing of the outcomes of the R+D this coming Wednesday. We’ve explored a lot of different avenues to get to where we are, and it promises to be a unique and comic interpretation of this classic tale.
Tickets to this initial sharing are free and there are still a few left but booking is recommended, so please head over to the Seagull Theatre website and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Here’s a photo of me from rehearsals a couple of weeks ago to give you an advance flavour of the show.
A belated Happy Easter!
A lot of exciting things have been going on recently, so I’ve had a bit less time to update the website, but here we go…
I’m very fortunate to have been cast in a brand new adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ with The Seagull Rep Company. It’s going to be an all female 3 hander and we’re entering into the R+D phase of the production next week. Directed by Mark Finbow I’ll be performing alongside Charlotte McGuinness and Madeleine MacMahon. The sharing performance will be at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft at 19:45 on the 2nd of May.
I’m also excited to finally be able to announce that last year I was cast to perform Voice Over duties on the new MGM/Warner Bros. film Tomb Raider directed by Roar Uthaug! Amongst other scenes, you can hear me right at the beginning of the movie as I am the voice of the boxer that Lara Croft is sparring with!
And last but not least, my latest commercial is now out. Shot with the always brilliant Ember Films for Adnams Brewery in Southwold in a Wes Anderson style, you can watch below for me pumping iron in a gym…
They say that life is about new experiences…
I spent this weekend just gone shooting a commercial in Bude, North Cornwall with the very talented and lovely IMMIX Media for Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tubs. What no-one had reckoned on was, of course, the snow! In spite of the weather we managed to get everything done and escaped back to Norwich at the end of the shoot (although it did take us 10 hours!). I’m looking forward to seeing the magic they work to turn the winter conditions into summer for the finished advert. It was great to work with IMMIX, and the other actors on the shoot, Carina Birrell and Gareth Leighton, who I hope to work with again soon.
Happy International Women’s Day!
This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, and in celebration of this I have recorded a version of Hollie McNish’s fantastic “Pink & Blue” poem. You can hear it below.
As we continue to fight for gender parity remember those who have come before and think of those who will come after. This year seems all the more important given the revelations revealed over the past months in our industry and the magnificent efforts of the Time’s Up movement. If something has happened to you, or you have witnessed something untoward, please do speak up and remember that you are supported.
Today I have been shooting a short science fiction film, ‘The Librarian’, written and directed by Samuel Hiorns. It had a very 1970s feel to it, with a THX 1138 / Silent Runnings vibe. Here’s a picture from the shoot, and I hope to be able to share the finished film with you soon.