Wondering & wandering in the USA

So I’ve been off adventuring again. This time in the US of A.

I have dual UK/US nationality and haven’t been over to the ‘states to see my family since 2013. In the last few months, I’d been having a type of homesickness for them which is why I decided to plan a madcap journey. All over the US, seeing both family and some friends from East 15 Drama School.

In among my travels, I made it to Los Angeles for the first time ever. When I graduated from Drama school, I made a promise to myself that I would make an excuse to visit LA and see if there was any work/networking/career development I could do whilst there. Although I only spent a couple of nights in Hollywood, I managed to fit in a session at Actor’s Alley workshops. I would really recommend them. They run evening workshops with casting directors and provide sides for pairs of actors to read for feedback. The prices are fairly reasonable and the sessions are really nicely run.

Being away was also a great way to get some good research done for “Mary, Mary“. After reading quite a lot of work by Mary Wollstonecraft (as well as Claire Tomlin’s fabulous biography and, of course “Frankenstein”) I decided to go for a more modern, easy holiday read. I got myself a copy of Bee Rowlatt’s “In Search Of Mary” a brilliant read I would recommend to anyone, not just Wollstonecraft fans. I guess it’s a sort-of feminism/travel book which sees Rowlatt walking in the shoes of her idol Wollstonecraft, firstly to Norway to retrace Mary’s “Letters written in Sweeden, Norway and Denmark” and then to Paris, both with her baby Will in tow. Of the many nuggets of wisdom that Rowlatt ponders (some from Wollstonecraft, some her own…), Rowlatt mentions that reading is more immersive when you’re a little lonely. Traveling on my own around the USA (allbeit to visit people I did know!) Was really useful in this regard. In the week since getting back I’ve barely read a page!!!

Neil Gaiman also says that being bored is one of the best ways to get inspired. So when I came back from holiday to find that my regular freelance day job had dried up, I decided to see it as a good thing for my acting and theatre making career. That and they say that “poverty inspires”!

The other news is that I write this on a train back from Brighton having been rehearsing for a really fantastic LGBTQ+ web series which will be shooting in August. More details as I have them but I’m really excited about this script and am so excited for people to see (and for me to see) the finished product.

So here’s to loneliness, boredom and poverty not being necessarily negative things!

And anyway – I have plenty to do with “Mary, Mary” on the horizon! Make sure you get your tickets for our premier showings on 20th & 21st August at 2pm.

Mary, Mary at the Camden Fringe – Tickets on sale now!

Again I’ve been lax in updating my blog – apologies! I’ve been working on a special project that has finally come to fruition!

Tickets are now on sale for the premier of “Mary, Mary” at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe.

I setup my theatre company Theatre Mensch over a year ago in order to produce projects I feel passionately about. One project was an idea I had quite a few years ago.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is possibly my favourite book. I had heard of Mary Wollstonecraft before, but it was only a few years ago that I finally made the connection that Mary Shelley was born “Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin” and was Mary Wollstonecraft’s daughter. After reading a little online, I decided to read a copy of The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Tomlain. I was fascinated by Wollstonecraft’s amazing and anachronistic life and wondered, had Wollstonecraft lived to see her daughter Mary Shelley grow up, what she would’ve made of her? The original drive behind “Mary, Mary” was to see this amazing Mother and Daughter meet.

Now in the devising process, we still aren’t sure exactly what our “Mary, Mary” show will look like but we’ve had some great ideas. The more discoveries we make about Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft’s lives though, the more fascinated we are and driven to share the stories of these amazing women’s lives with our audience. Although our play won’t be a full biography of both women (that would not be a very entertaining piece of theatre) we do hope to inspire our audience to find out more about these brilliant women.

Buy tickets to “Mary, Mary” here!

Character Reel

It’s all gone a bit quiet recently, but that might be because I’m off on holiday in just under two weeks! I’m heading to Thailand and Cambodia and having never been to the far east (always wanted to though) I am pretty damn excited!

I’ve used this quiet time to finally put together a reel of samples of the different characters I played on “Pathfinder Legends: Mummy’s Mask”. Take a listen:

Happy 2016 – Voicereel Updates and auditions

2016 has started with a bang. Lots of auditions and an update to my voicereel which needed to be approved by a client:

 

On Friday, I have some more work from a client I have previously worked for (always nice to have repeat custom!) and next week, there’s a chance I may be off to Shepperton Studios for some more computer game work (fingers crossed!!!)

Happy Holidays and New Year!

September seems to have fast-forwarded to the end of the year! Where has this year gone!?!?

I finally moved into my new flat in Stroud Green – which is great.

In the wake of all the voiceovers I’ve been doing, I signed up with voice agency Mother Tongue who have sent me a couple of interesting jobs for Pharmaceuticals company Roche and Doubletree by Hilton. I also should have another voiceover coming up which I thought might be recorded before the end of the year but now looks like it should be recorded in the new year.

Here’s the year in review:

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Lots of voices including Lost Property and Pathfinder Legends!

It’s been a busy old time recently!

On Monday I recorded a voiceover for Colgate for an educational initiative they’re running in schools:

As well as work for Theatre Mensch for Lost Property at the Little Angel studios before I went away on a short European excursion, I recorded a voiceover for Green Tomato Cars:

Ahhh the life of a VO artist, heard but never seen😉

Finally, the first episode of Pathfinder Legends – Mummy’s Mask: The Half-Dead City was released by Big Finish today! Remember that you can buy the CD or download at Big Finish in the UK and Paizo in the USA.

You can also subscribe to the entire series via Big Finish and Paizo so you don’t miss me reprise my role as the half-Orc Naghut and play a dragon (among other characters) in the second episode of Mummy’s Mask: Empty Graves, released next month.

Update: 02/10/2015

Just as I said that’s all, I noticed that NHS Careers had released a video for their “Step Into The NHS” competition which I voiced!

Pathfinder Legends

As you may have seen on my social media accounts, I’ve been working really hard to keep a secret which I can now tell!

Pathfinder Legends - Mummy's Mast: The Half-Dead City

A few months ago I was invited to come on board on an audio drama by Big Finish. I have wanted to work with Big Finish for a while as I’ve listened to and enjoyed a few of their Doctor Who audio dramas. This was on the second Pathfinder Legends series instead.

I’m not at all denying being a big geek about certain things and although I have played a few RPGs before, I was not familiar with Pathfinder at all. Being a geek though, I did recognise how important my research would be. So I made some enquiries and made sure I knew as much as I could about who I was playing.

I would be playing Velriana Hypaxes, described to me as having a “ruthless streak” (how on earth could I resist!?!?) who can be seen on the front cover of The Half-Dead City (above), the first episode of the second series, Mummy’s Mask. I also played a number of other characters including a half-orc called Naghut, who I was asked to reprise in the second episode Empty Graves.

I had such a fun time recording the two episodes with alongside a lovely producer/director, wonderful cast and brilliantly patient sound team. I haven’t heard much of the final plays so I’m really excited to hear the finished product and hope I have done the characters justice!

The Half-Dead City, in which I play Velriana Hypaxes and Naghut is released on CD and download in September from Big Finish in the UK or Paizo in the USA

Empty Graves, in which I play Naghut is released on CD and download in October from Big Finish in the UK or Paizo in the USA

Also, the entire Pathfinder Legends – Mummy’s Mask series can be subscribed to via Big Finish in the UK or Paizo in the USA so you are sent every episode as soon as it is released!