The beautifully designed Walter Swan Short Story Prize Anthology 2018 is now launched! Limited editions available at the below link:
My short story How to Begin, set in the aftermath of the Croatian war in 1995, is due to be published shortly in The Walter Swan Short Story Prize Anthology 2018 – more info coming soon!
Last month I had a lovely time filming the character of Torrance in the feature film Nightlens, on location in Gloucester and London.
I’m thrilled to have been longlisted for Heretic Voices, a nationwide monologue competition, from 1,136 entries. Well, my hero is Alan Bennett…
My short fiction, My City, was also recently selected as a winner by Spread the Word for their City of Stories competition. The short will be published in an anthology, and I’ll be reading at an event at Kingston Library on the 15th November.
As Kathy Fenton in Autopsy: The Last Days of Gram Parsons.
Also, a spot of 1950s modelling “glamour” for the Fine Art Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten…can’t imagine why no-one wears this style of swimming hat anymore?
This month I sang on a charity single for So & So Arts Club’s Women and War Festival. ‘Rise Up,’ by Rob Castell, is a joyous world music celebration combining influences from around the globe, and proceeds go to the Farkhunda Trust http://www.farkhundatrust.org and the Dirty Girls of Lesvos http://dirtygirlsoflesvos.com/ amongst other very worthy causes. The single is available to buy here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/womenwarexodus
You can see a rehearsed reading of my latest play The Sky at Night on Thurs 16th March 2017 at the So & So Arts Club, London Bridge:
The So & So Arts Club
Capital House – 4th Floor
42 Weston Street
7pm – 8.30pm
The reading is FREE and all are welcome.
I’ll be playing Lucy in Cockroaches, an adaptation of Flight by Mikhail Bulgakov, as part of this year’s Camden Fringe Festival. Cockroaches is set in 1920 and 1921, towards the end of the Russian Civil War, and details the dying days of the White Army’s struggle against the rapidly advancing Red Army.
I’ll also be playing Polly Hewson at Benjamin Franklin House until the end of November 2016.
This month I’m delighted to be playing Charlotte / Miss Pratt in Lolita at the Barons Court Theatre :
and Mrs Hale in the rehearsed reading of Trifles, at the Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead (Sunday 10th April) :
I was honoured to read a couple of my poems at the Speak It! Hear It! poetry night, part of the One Billion Rising Festival taking place at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham this month.
The event was produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co., organised and curated by Tessa Hart and the lovely Claire Booker.
Thrilled to be part of the cast of Endurance, a new audio production for Word of Mouth Productions.
You can catch me as Lady Lucan in Conspiracy: The Lord Lucan Dossier on
From minute 05.00 onwards – loved being a blonde!:)
I’ll be featuring as Wallis Simpson in Conspiracy: The Nazi King on Channel 5 at 8pm this Friday, 19 June. Eddie and Mrs Simpson were a dastardly pair indeed! But oh, the style…
I was recently commissioned to take part in This Thing Called Artist Development on 22nd May 2015 at the Ovalhouse Theatre, a day of debates and discussions on the artistic process. I presented a 5 minute provocation on the difficulty of building a career as a ‘mature’ emerging playwright (which in theatre terms, means over the age of 26!)
I had a great time modelling the fashions of a 1930s heiress for English Heritage at Eltham Palace, with TV’s lovely Ruth and Eve Goodman. If you’ve never seen me out of my jeans, I’m now into beautiful 1930s style capes!:) Enjoy!
Five of my works for young audiences are now available for purchase on TreePress, a new online marketplace to connect schools and colleges with writing for young audiences.
You can find these works along with my profile page via the following link:
Thanks to all for a great night at The Space, especially the actors Llila Vis and James Killeen, and the organisers Limb2Limb Theatre, who created one of the highest quality scratch nights I’ve had the privilege to be part of.
A special shout out to the The Pappy Show (@), an ensemble physical theatre company whose energy, talent and commitment blew the roof off! Hope to see more of those guys soon!
I’ve written and will be directing a rehearsed reading of a new short piece, called Blinded By, as part of The Purpose of Living, a scratch evening in association with Limb2Limb Theatre Company. The performance takes place at 7.30pm on Sunday 12th April, at The Space, Isle of Dogs. Tickets are on a pay what you can basis:
Blinded By is an ambitious new piece that combines music, theatre and poetry; exploring the fragility of our physical and inner worlds, it forces us to evaluate all that we hold dear.
I’ll also be performing in the piece, alongside Llila Vis and James Killeen.
I’m also thrilled to have been selected to take part in This Thing Called Artist Development on 22nd May at the Ovalhouse Theatre, a day of debates and discussions on the artistic process. I’ve been commissioned to present a 5 minute provocation/debate on the difficulty of building a career as a ‘mature’ emerging playwright (which in theatre terms, means over the age of 26!)
A successful evening at the Tristan Bates Theatre, where Forget Me Not had a good reception. Thanks to all involved, and especially to Deer Park View, Teddington for the kind loan of the wheelchair.
Enjoying rehearsals with James Lorcan, who is playing Geoff in Forget Me Not, a monologue that I’ve written for the FIRST festival of Solo Performance. Forget Me Not will be on at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Monday the 23rd February 2015, at 8.30pm.
Tickets can be booked via the following link:
This month I also had a great time working with Eddie St Jean and Annie Burkin on the feature film Blackout, which is now in post-production! Can’t wait to see the movie guys! http://www.blackoutmovie.co.uk/
I’m proud to be playing the role of Bee in Bathroom Secrets, as part of the UNHEARD Festival at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham, on 21st Feb. All profits go to nia, a charity that supports victims of domestic violence.
Looking forward to working with James Lorcan, who will play Geoff in Forget Me Not, a monologue that I’ve written for the FIRST festival of Solo Performance. Forget Me Not will be on at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Monday the 23rd February 2015, at 8.30pm.
Tickets can be booked via the following link:
This month, I’m also delighted to join the cast of Blackout, directed by Eddie Saint-Jean. This feature length spine-chiller with a difference is now in pre-production. You can find more information about the film at http://www.blackoutmovie.co.uk/
Exciting news! A new Talking Heads-style monologue that I’ve written will be showcased at the FIRST Festival of Solo Performance, at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Monday the 23rd February 2015. Forget Me Not tells the story of Geoff, a wheelchair-bound male with a dark secret. The festival is supported by Arts Council England.
You can catch me in a performed reading of the short play Memory, by Jethro Dykes, on Weds 30th July. The reading will take place at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Shoreditch http://www.lookingglasslondon.co.uk, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked via ticketweb: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/memory-tickets/132937.
I’m playing the lead, Melissa. See you there!
Have just been to watch One performed by 4 of this year’s very talented graduates on the RADA Acting Foundation course. Great job guys, and wishing you all a very successful future!
I’m proud to launch my first e-booklet publication, 10 Tips for Living Creatively in the Everyday. Please see the Publications tab of this website for further details on how you can purchase your copy.
I’ve been commissioned by RADA to write a short play for their foundation course. Selected actors will perform the play at an end of year showcase, and I’ve been having a great time working with this year’s bunch!
A previous short play, Slash, has been performed at the showcase for the last 3 years.
You can read my article here about what we can learn from the Brontës, published on the Faber Academy website.
You can read my article here about using your imagination, published on the Faber Academy website.
I was on Meridian Radio on Saturday 25th May on the Vivienne Lee Show (1-2pm), talking about my creative endeavours and six song choices.
I’ve had an article published on the Faber Academy website – click here to read my tip on how to boost your writing skills – it may be easier than you think!