Second half 

This is a short one because I have wine and quite frankly, I’m more interested in drinking that than anything else right now.

Tonight was good. We did the second half. It takes a phenomenal  amount out of me considering it doesn’t feel like I’m doing much actual dancing. There’s a lot of holding tension and actually a lot of acting. Johnny described it to fit as ‘the least dancey dance I’ve ever danced’, which is pretty accurate.

Either way, I must be getting thinner (apart from the wine). So that’s all good. 

In other news Macbeth auditions happened and now we’re all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to hear if we get to toil and trouble or not. 

I’m not called next week because Johnny’s skiing-not-skiing, so I’ll catch you later. 

Books down!

First night without scripts in hand, which remarkably makes it much easier for me and Jonny (it’s very tough to dance and hold a book).

We ran the whole first half this evening and it quickly became very clear that Jonny and I are going to need to find myriad ways to entertain ourselves backstage for the first hour or so before we’re on. Suggestions on a postcard please. Ideas so far include, a long running game of monopoly, a full three course dinner and sit-ups with crisp incentives.

It went well, we remembered everything and Helen is happy so that’s good! On Thursday we run the second half which has the longer and more difficult section in, but I’m fairly confident we’ve got it (I just need to do it better now!) 

Tonight everyone was in, crew and production team, and it was so lovely. It really is my favourite moment when everyone gets together for the first time.

Time for bed. More on Thursday. And plié.


Did I just stand on your foot? No, I thought I kicked you?! No! Oh sorry!

We have the choreography now – it’s all there. We just have to tighten it up. When I say we, I suppose I mean me! Jonny is bloody brilliant, I just need to catch up!

One of the hardest things I’ve discovered is acting-dancing. Dancing in character. I play (dance) 3 characters, which means 3 different physicalities. The hardest thing is finishing a movement, and remembering to come back to ‘resting’ in the correct character stance. I keep forgetting which one I’m playing! 

Anyway, we’ll get there no doubt. 

Figured I’d start losing some middle at some point – as yet nothing seems to have shifted but maybe that’s the enormous amount of Tapas I ate before rehearsal tonight.

Still, onwards and upwards!

17 Jan – The Pillowman

Hi! I’m back! Your official ‘someone’s in a Mask play and they want to brag about it’ blogger. Bet you’re pleased. Miss me? Well I missed you!

So this is a good one. I’m in The Pillowman, which is a really gruesome story by the way (not to put you off, but I thought you should know) and I’m going to be dancing. What a laugh!

We’ve had 2 rehearsals so far. They’ve gone…quite well. Jonny my dancing partner is, thankfully, INCREDIBLY patient. Even after an accidental 50 shades moment yesterday where I fell in an appallingly compromising position. Let’s hope he’s got good nerves.

We’ve got the basics down, now I just  need to be able to execute them properly (note to self, don’t use ‘execute’ in blog about gruesome play again).

So, keep up with all the limb antics here! Sweet dreams chaps. I’ll leave you with this…..

….it’s good for a giggle! 

Why do we light fires on bonfire night?

And who was this Guy Fawkes chap anyway?

Bonfire Night on 5 Nov (remember remember…yeah you’re with me) was originally the celebration of the uncovering of a plot to blow up the King of England in the early 1600s.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really known the full story. My brain has created some weird associations with bonfires and firewood laid under the Palace of Westminster to fuel the explosion, which makes no sense when you think about it. I certainly didn’t know that the whole thing masterminded by a bloke called Robert Catesby and 12  of his followers! I’d always assumed Guy Fawkes was a one man band! That’s why writing Smoke and Mirrors for Platform 8 has been so eye opening.

It’s a month away yet but we’re moving into that proper autumnal territory so get this in your diaries now. Come along to the Green Backyard on Saturday 5 November for the true story of the gunpowder plot as told by Robert Catesby and his trusted servant Thomas Bates. It’s a whole evening of festivities including food, drink, crafts and fire juggling and the 30 min storytelling piece is on 3 times throughout the evening. Hope to see you there chaps!

Book tickets and get more information 

It’s been a while 

I didn’t make it on here at all during the fringe. My Twitter and the Lamphouse website have the lowdown so I shan’t bore you with it all over again!

There’s some exciting news on the horizon! I’m just finishing the first draft of a new piece about the gunpowder plot for Smoke and Mirrors which is a festival that will be happening on….you guessed it, November 5th! It’s in conjunction with Platform 8 which is a new bi-annual platform in Peterborough for the arts. Produced by Jumped Up Theatre for the Battersea Arts Centre it’s a great thing for us and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come!

The piece is a comedy, which is quite new for me – sketchy, silly, horrible histories style. It’s been hard work but I think in the last few days I’ve had a breakthrough! Watch this space for more deets!

London preview 

What a marvellous night. I can’t believe my play has been performed on a stage in London!

I just need to take a moment to thank some people. The gorgeous Francesca and Jordan for working so hard and being insanely talented and making my words sound good. The brilliant Becca for being our preview tech pro. And the genius Tom for being an amazing, patient, wonderful direcor. For putting up with me and taking on and managing such a massive project. These guys have taken an hour and a half of my incessant brain splurge and turned it into something rather fabulous. Ok. Speech over. Soz guys.

This time next week I’ll be ready for Edinburgh. I’m going to be a sweaty, nervous wreck. But I’m going to enjoy it.

Come see us chaps! Keep checking in.

Peterborough preview

Tonight was our Peterborough preview. I know we’ve got a good thing on our hands but I’ve been jittery all day. Nervous. Sitting in a room full of our funders, hoping they’d like it.

The result seemed to be a resounding success, it went down well, which is all we could hope for. What a fab audience- thank you for sharing it with us!

Now I’m excited, London tomorrow (my play is going to be on in London!!) and then to Scotland! I am so insanely excited. I just can’t quite believe this is a real thing.

Thanks so much to tonight’s audience. You’re wonderful! 

Preview week

With Much Ado all packed down, it’s time to concentrate on Generation Zero which, by the freaking way, opens in Edinburgh a week on Friday. Yes. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It almost doesn’t feel real.

I was very lucky to be in rehearsal on Friday and I have to say, I’m so proud. It’s a weird thing, letting go of the the script, edits, cuts, changes, but Jordan and Francesca are just fabulous and I’m so happy that the play is in their hands. I feel really confident in them and I can’t wait to see it!

This Wednesday will be the first preview for an invited audience in Peterborough and then on Thursday we’re off to theatre503 in London.

Generation Zero will be on for the whole Edinburgh fringe at Zoo Southside 2:15pm 

The end 

What can I say?! Well, firstly I have two photos to share with you..first this…

Yep. Sorry. That’s a very happy Hero. I mean..what a way to end a run! Easily the best show yet and what an audience! I thank you all!

I have to show you this….Grace and Tom and Crystal smashed into the back of my car….just for comedy…

Isn’t that beautiful? 

Uh huh. You know it. 

Guys. It’s time to say goodbye. I’ve had a blast…and who knew Hero could be so goddam mouthy?! You’re amazing, thank you so much xxx

Alright three photos!! Xx