It’s been a long time since I updated so here’s a quick one:
As We Are, an LGBTQ+ sit com which was released last year and in which I played Hannah, has received numerous awards. It’s also being shown on Latest.TV and is next being shown on Friday 24th February at 9pm & midnight. The four episodes can also be watched on YouTube.
I also return to the world of Pathfinder Legendens, this time playing elf Laori Vaus in “Curse of the Crimson Throne: Escape from old Korvosa” which is released next month. It was a pleasure to work with Big Finish after working on 2015’s Pathfinder Legends “Mummy’s Mask” series.
In addition, I have also recorded voiceovers for Fiat and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
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!
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!
So it looks like I can finally announce my involvement in one of the projects I’ve been under a non disclosure agreement about: Guitar Hero Live!
In March, I spent three days working at Shepperton Studios recording voices for featured audience members in several different levels, including the level featured in the above trailer. Here’s a cheeky photo I took of the studios on the day:
The team had recorded the visuals previously but needed voice artists to do some ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) on featured audience members at the front of the stage, and to provide general whoops or boos for when the player was doing well or badly.
The recording was done on a sound stage and the recording felt very much like my experience of festivals: lots of fun, very tiring and great times making new friends.
As a fan of the series myself (I own the “Warriors of Rock” edition for the PS3) it was nice to be one of over four hundred actors who made Guitar Hero Live possible. If you play the game and think you hear me, please get in touch. I’d love to see what made it into the final game.
Guitar Hero Live is released in the autumn. More details on Guitar Hero Live can be found here.
“Dealanach” rehearsals have been hotting up and you can read some of my thoughts about this over on my post entitled “Who Are Women” on the Boireannach Website. “Dealanach” is being performed as part of Boireannach Theatre’s “Into The Mire” season as part of the Vault festival on Thursday 12th at 6.15pm and Saturday 14th at 1.45pm. Book tickets here.
Tickets for “Jacques or Obedience”, part of the Network Theatre “Ionesco Double Bill” are also now on sale. If you want to see this crazy masked performance, with me playing Grandmother Jacques, book tickets here.
And to whet your appetites here’s an in-the-making shot of the Grandmother Jacque’s mask:
I’m thrilled to announce I will be part of the Dealanach ensemble for Boireannach Theatre’s second season “Into The Mire” at Vault Festival on 12th and 14th February. Dealanach is a devised ensemble piece about the female form and I’m so excited to work with a wonderful group of women, some of whom I’ve worked with before and some of whom I’m looking forward to working with for the first time! I really can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room and have already been looking at some pretty amazing women as part of my research Learn more about the piece on the Boireannach website or book tickets via the Vault Festival website.
Look forward to seeing you all there!
So that’s it, Showcase is done and so ends my time at East 15! Will miss it but am also really looking forward to going forward and making my career!
At the open dress rehearsal in the Corbett Theatre on Wednesday night, all our showreels were screened. Here’s my scene with Heidi Goldsmith from Mike Leigh’s “Happy Go Lucky”:
The Showcase was also reviewed by The Stage who said “Ashleigh Loeb had a quiet authority as the teacher sent to find the giggling Daisy Boyden and Kelsey Williams in a playful scene from Teendreams by David Edgar.”
I’ve been so lucky to work with such brilliant Actors over this year. Hopefully I’ll work with many of them in the future as well!
From Cabaret straight into Shakespeare! My final East 15 show (before the showcase – which isn’t really a proper show) is The Winter’s Tale at The Cockpit Theatre directed by the fabulous Ben Crystal at 7pm on 28th June and 7:30pm on 2nd and 4th July.
The production is a 90-min version adapted by our company and I am telling you now: it’s going to a bit bloody magical judging from rehearsals. Not giving too much away but expect, candles, melting wax sculptures and snow!
It’s a real privilege working with Ben. He’s a leading light in the world of Shakespeare and has written a number of books including the highly recommended Shakespeare On Toast. As a dyslexic actor, I can honestly say that reading it was not only opened up the world of Shakespeare in an extremely accessible way, but was also a very entertaining read. Also, his rehearsals are just about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on!
Long time no updated.
So we got back from Living History on 14th February. I don’t want to write too much about it but it was amazing! We then poured all the experience and learning we did into “Show In a Week” (does what it says on the tin) which we performed on 28th February & 1st March. Here’s some poetry I wrote inspired by Living History that was used in the collaborative phase of the show but wasn’t in the final performance:
I had a fire in my belly.
I tried to dowse it with water
But the flames caught light and took to the sky
Raised up my voice on high
And sang out a prayer
To a God in which I didn’t believe.
How do you know what lightness is if you’ve never seen dark?
How do you know what darkness is if you’ve never seen light?
How can a feather float without gravity?
How can water float without gravity?
How can a person float without gravity?
I was going to be involved in an amateur theatre production recently. I thought maybe it would be fun and helpful to my studies to take a published script, get together with some non-trained people and put on a production in a fringe theatre. It didn’t work out but in retrospect, I’m really glad!
I’ve often asked myself what the difference between amateur and profesional theatre is, particularly considering that in these hard economic times, many fringe theatre acting jobs are unpaid and amateur actors can go on to become professionals. The lines are very blurred, but I think I made a revelation as to my opinion of what constitutes an amateur play. It’ll probably sound snobby – so sue me!