I've had a very fortunate and busy beginning to the year. Which is why it has taken me awhile to get to posting about it all. With my Fight Directing projects being included in other posts, I'll update my performance adventures.
I had the exceptional opportunity to work on a piece of new writing by the incomparable Jannette Foggo. This piece titled The Berwick Tapestry is inspired by the true events of three neglected heroines of Scottish history. I had the pleasure of working alongside some great Scottish talent, and an excerpt was shared at the Tron theatre for Moon Country Nights. I performed with Gaylie Runciman and Hazel Ann Crawford.
In January I was part of Lyre Productions short filmThe Problem With Money. A great experience working with the incredibly talented cast - Elspeth Turner, John P Arnold, Tyler Collins and under director Tim Barrow. A very professional team and I look forward to seeing the footage.
This spring has brought another tour of Little Princess Goldtree. After a successful tour with the Puppet Animation Festival last year, Alison Monaghan of Yugen Puppet Company and I hit the road with the show again. We reached Ardfern on the edge of Craignish, down to Bowhill Theatre near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, and much of in between! It truly is a lovely way to see Scotland, especially when the sun shines.
In April I was invited to be part of a professional rehearsed reading of The Love of the Nightingale with Dundee Rep Theatre. Directed by Philip Howard, I joined the cast of Titus Andronicus in a single performance, script-in-hand, of this stunning modern classic commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The Love of the Nightingale is a re-telling of the Ancient Greek myth of Philomele, the same story that Shakespeare used as his model for Titus.
As April closed, I was part of an exciting new theatre night called Wee Theaters Glasgow. A monthly event hosted at Sloan's Bar and Restaurant in Glasgow's city centre, each monthly event sees 3 different shows in 3 different timeslots. Functioning a bit like theatre tapas, it was an exciting chance for me to work with three RSAMD MACCT grads. Written and directed by Marcus Roche, Killed With Kindness was an intense performance about the power of fame and the desire to live forever. It was a real pleasure to perform along side Alex Fthenakis and Francois Menard-Noens.
As May has arrived, hopefully the sun will as well. Looking ahead, I'm pleased to have the chance to play with Calvinball again. We've got a mini tour coming up in June, taking our game across Scotland, hoping we can find the rules!
I'm also thrilled to be getting to develop a show for this summer's Fringe Festival with Ipdip Theatre. Watch this space for more notes about Annonymouse; curious and sweet, this play is a love letter to living moment to moment.
And with this summer, I will be getting to tread the boards (more specifically the stones of the Kibble Palace) with Bard in the Botanics and their Unlikely Wonders Season. In their cut of the rarely produced Richard II, I will be playing the role of Bolingbroke. And I just can't wait!