Thursday, 6 November 2014
Monday, London, Wednesday Birmingham, Thursday Nottingham, Friday Wolverhampton and where was I on Tuesday? That must have been down time.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Saturday, 18 October 2014
With Shoebox Theatre, our not-for-profit community enterprise, I have been working on a local WWI project since January 2013. Our latest presentation at the beginning of this month was a mixture of poems from 1914-18 and contemporary writings which grew out of that conflict, together with another showing of our film, based on research into local stories. The group comprises adults across the age and aptitude spectrum, with a handful of teenagers. People come and go as other commitments allow, or their interest in a particular topic draws them in.
At last, after taking receipt of a purpose-built editing desktop and software upgrade, I have been able to export to a suitable format and upload the film to Vimeo for everyone who is interested to view. For ease of handling, I have divided the 45 minute film into 4 sections of unequal length, but as long as you go in the numerical order of the titles, it will make sense.
Poster for our first WWI presentation
Included in the film are interviews with individuals who researched family members or others with a local connection, who were involved in The Great War in various capacities. Also included are improvised sketches based on the stories we unearthed.
Most of the community participants were conducting research for the first time, and it was a pleasure to see how absorbed and dogged they became as they strove to unearth the stories they had chosen to find, and how much information it was possible to uncover despite the lapse of time. They searched archive copies of the Tamworth Herald, and with the facilities of Tamworth town Library and the support of its staff, checked facts in local history collections and parish records. On the internet they plumbed the BBC WWI history site and contacted unknown family members through ancestry. com and Face Book. From the Commonwealth Graves Commission website they found the resting places of the fallen, and through the Google search engine discovered poems and letters.
Of you would like to see some of the results you will find the film at this location. It is not a professional work, so please forgive the lack of finesse in the making.
Shoebox Theatre - "Lest We Forget": stories from WWI, 2014
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Subject: A level project
Saturday, 31 May 2014
I live in the English Midlands, and for the last two weeks have been whizzing up north and down south at a right rate: two London visits and three to Manchester in the space of nine days. Fun, though. One rehearsal, two readthros, an audition and one get-together with other actors and our agents, and a morning workshop in a Lichfield school. The next three weeks look to be just as busy. It's a basic law of acting that you spend weeks with no work and then the entire year's work falls in the same date slot so you're hoping they won't clash but they frequently do. Keeps you on your toes.