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Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
8:37 pm
Edinburgh to Cornwall
It's been a long few weeks! Two weeks in Edinburgh followed by trips to Shropshire, Reading, Cornwall and back to Leicestershire. There are two shows remaining on this tour and they are next weekend, I'm glad that it's all coming to an end cos I'm feeling a bit burnt out by these shows.

The Fringe was good and shite in equal measure.

I enjoyed being in the same venue for a two week and not keep having to load and unload the van. It was also great to see Suzy during the festival because I felt more inclined to go and see some shows that I wouldn't have on my own (the best of which being Tim Minchin, Reg D Hunter and La Clique). I also finally got to meet some of Suzy's friends who were all wicked and I felt embraced by the group. Also good was bumping into old friends who I'd not seen for many years and having the opportunity to catch up.

However, it sucked to be staying in a two bedroom appartment with nine other people (one kitchen, one bathroom. figure it out for yourself). I didn't particulary enjoy the experience of flyering on the Royal Mile, it's like a giant hustle with everyone vying for the attention of the few tourists who happen down there, and of course the worse part is although you may have given them a flyer, performed a small excert from the play or sung them a song, they still don't show up to the performance (our audiences ranged but on the whole where not that bad although could have been better).

Time for a recharge before the final furlong.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
1:05 pm
Thanks
A big thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and to all those who were concerned by my well being. I'm still in some discomfort in regards to my back but the show is back on the road and doing well.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
11:09 am
Car Crash
Yesterday evenings show was cancelled after I and 4 other members of the cast thankfully walked away from a car crash that saw our vehicle written off. 3 of of us (including me) ended up in A&E but for the most part we've only got bouts of whiplash, seatbelt burns and brusing. I'm feeling pretty banged up this morning but it could have ended up much, much worse. I'm at home recovering, sore but thankful to be alive.

Elsewhere, the second show of the tour 'The Marriage Of Figaro' has now opened and have solid reviews, and the tour will continue in a few days when we've all have a little R&R.

Review For The Marriage Of Figaro

Buxton Cricket Ground

20th July 2006

Buxton Festival Fringe isn't really complete without the opportunity to see an outdoor performance at the Cricket Ground. But the weather doesn't always co-operate, and it is a courageous theatre company that plans to bring one open air production let alone two. So, full marks to Distraction Theatre Company for returning this week to present The Marriage of Figaro.

This isn't the Mozart opera but the Beaumarchais play that inspired it. Figaro, steward to the count, plans to marry Suzanne, the countess' maid but there are many schemes afoot to thwart his intentions. There are many twists and turns in the story and, for those unfamiliar with it, this is a rare chance to get to grips with the plot before you see a production that adds the arias!

In a big outdoor space like the cricket ground, with the beautiful scenery competing for attention, the action on stage needs to be eye-catching and riveting. Distraction Theatre's bright costumes, big wigs, big voices and exaggerated gestures fit the bill here. The comic antics of the discordant chorus are particularly effective.

So pack that picnic (and the midge cream) and spend a warm summer's evening watching Distraction's entertaining show.


Review For The Canterbury Tales

Buxton Festival

July 14th '06

The Monty Python cartoon Chaucer. Madness and mayhem as the Miller, his wife, the knight, the wife of Bath, Geoffrey himself, the Scholar, the ridiculous Absolon all run around in circles banging into one another. KERPOW! SPLAT!

This is a wonderfully irreverent bawdy performance of Chaucer's best known tales. Immense fun. Stanislavsky and Strindberg it ain't. We had a wonderful Fringe evening on the Cricket Ground. The sun was hot, the breeze was blowing the midges away, Pakistan were dropping catches. (Well, that was happening elsewhere but it lent a warm glow). Friends were there with a picnic, the bar was open and some 50 people took full advantage. There's plenty of room for more and you'll still hear every word. It wasn't all pantomime though. The Knight's Tale was quite lyrically told and made a sensitive counterpart to the surrounding madness.


Congratulations to Distraction on a splendid entertainment. You can catch Chaucer tonight (Friday 14th). God knows what they'll do with The Marriage of Figaro next week but I'll be there.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
11:39 am
Off a touring
I'm off to rehearsals very soon. See everyone when I get back. In the meantime if you want info on the show, cast or dates you can get them all from The Distraction Theatre Company. www.distraction-theatre.co.uk
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
8:16 pm
Jobs For The Boy
Today I have done a road traffic census, it's been one of the dullest days ever on a 12 hour shirt 6.30 am to pm. Worse still, I'm doing it again tomorrow.

In much greater news on the job front I have been offered parts in two shows run by the same company, The Canterbury Tales where I will be playing the Scolar and The Knight. The other play is The Marriage Of Figaro, where I will be playing Figaro.

Tour Dates and Times are as follows:-

The Canterbury Tales



Sunday 9th July
6pm
Shrewsbury Medieval Weekend
Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury
01743 281281
www.shrewsburyheritage.co.uk

Thurs 13th July
7.30pm
Buxton Arts Festival
Buxton Cricket ground , Derbys
0845 1272190
www.buxtonfringe.org.uk

Fri 14th July
7.30pm
Buxton Arts Festival
Buxton Cricket Ground, Derbys
0845 1272190
www.buxtonfringe.org.uk

Fri 28th July
8pm
Dinton Pastures Country Park,
Berkshire
0118 9342016
wokingham.gov.uk

Sun 30th July
7.30pm
Quorn Grange Hotel,
Quorn, Leicestershire
01509 412167
www.quorngrangehotel.co.uk

Sun 6th August
7.30pm
Rhinefield House Hotel,
New Forest
01590 625623
www.handpicked.co.uk

August 15th, 17th,
19th, 23rd, 25th,
and 27th.
4pm
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL,
AUGUSTINE'S SANCTUARY,
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
08452 262721
www.edfringe.com

Weds 30th August
7.30pm
Walcot Hall, Shropshire
01588 680570
www.walcothall.co.uk

Sat 2nd September
8pm
Whatton Gardens,
Loughborough
In aid of CRUSE bereavement care
01509 261160
www.whattongardens.co.uk





The Marriage Of Figaro



Sun 16th July
7.30pm
Rhinefield House Hotel ,
New Forest
01590 625623
www.handpicked.co.uk

Thurs 20th July
7.30pm
Buxton Arts Festival
Buxton Cricket Ground, Derbys
0845 1272190
www.buxtonfringe.org.uk

Fri 21st July
7.30pm
Buxton Arts Festival
Buxton Cricket Ground, Derbys
0845 1272190
www.buxtonfringe.org.uk

Sat 5th August
7.30pm
Holkham Hall & Gardens,
Holkham, Norfolk
01485 210036
www.holkham.co.uk

August 16th, 18th,
20th, 22nd, 24th,
and 26th.
4pm
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL,
AUGUSTINE'S SANCTUARY,
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
08452 262721
www.edfringe.com

Thurs 31st August
7.30pm
Mapledurham House,
Nr Reading.
0118 9723350
www.mapldurham.co.uk

Fri 1st September
7pm
Trevarno Gardens,
Cornwall
01326 574274
www.trevarno.co.uk

Sun 10th September
7.30pm
Rhinefield House Hotel ,
New Forest
01590 625623
www.handpicked.co.uk
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
12:41 am
Audition Treadmill
I haven't disappeared of the face of planet quite yet to all those that follow the exploits on this hear internet. Having taken a couple of weeks off I'm back into the swing of sending out cvs and going to auditions. I've been putting myself up for about 5-10 a week and getting various results as I've gone through.

I was shortlisted for a feature film but in the end didn't make the final cast list. I take this as a plus though because it means I wasn't just completely dismissed out of hand.

I've have a long weekend as well, rehearsing on a project that isn't acting related then heading on and seeing all the Academy boys back together under one roof for the first time in almost a year and getting suitably shit faced. Then I headed further east for some Ipswitch R+R and a spot of afternoon delight before heading up to loughborough for another audition today, which again, I thought went quite well. Fingers Crossed.
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
4:17 pm
Umemployment
Colchester was a good week, not too busy a schedule and we even found time to spend an afternoon in a spa. Swansea on the other hand was a bit of hole, wet and very windy. Our accomadation there was also on a third floor flat with no lift which meant dragging the equiptment up the stairs every night after getting back from the shows. That just about finished everyone off.
Since being home I have spent the week with my gorgeous girl and I'm also in the process of moving into a bigger room in the house which means decorating and buying a bigger bed.
I'm also making strides towards not being unemployed so I'm searching hard for more acting work. If I can avoid telesales/bar/waiter etc then so much the better.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
1:40 pm
Home
Tired, Knackered, Voiceless. Will Sleep then update. zzzzzzzzzz
Friday, March 17th, 2006
10:57 pm
The Long Winding Road
I last left you as I headed for London, what a great week that turned out to be. I went to the theatre twice, went to football three times, went to a gig, went the cinema a couple of times, had a look at the gothic nightmares exhibition at Tate Britain and generally got drunk and did the things you can do in London when you've got a spare couple of bob. Also great to catch up with new friends that's been far too long in coming and also great to meet new friends and discuss future projects.
From London and our week off we departed for the frozen snowy North of Bradford and found ourwselves in 5 star self catered appartments outside of town. This small luxary made up for the fact that Bradford doesn't have alot else going for it. We did however have lots of press again and made local ITV for the second time on tour, we also had a rather good picture in The Telegraph and Argus, Bradfords local paper.
A brief three work days in Aylesbury gave us the opportunity to see some of the local sights around Bucks and we even had chance to visit Whipsnade Wildlife Park on our day off. I've never been that intrested in animals but I started watching this Wild In Africa thing while we were in London so it was really great to see the Lions and Hippos and Rhinos and Elephants all up close, I'd recommend it to anyone if they're passing through that way.
So now we're heading to our penultimate week in Colchester, I must admit I'm finding it quite tough as the final lengh comes into view. My health has been suffering quite abit in the these closing stages with back problems, colds and a tooth infection so I'm ready to power on through to resting, and regrouping.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
11:38 pm
The Great Escape
The idea of spending a whole weekend in North Wales was too much for one person to bear, so we hoped on a ferry and headed for Dublin, where the weekend was much better spent dog racing, sight seeing and of course live music and trying to drink my body weight in Guinness. All in a one hundred percent successful trip.
Wales on the hand did start to grate on me after three weeks, Cardiff I can handle, but beyond that it is difficult. Where we stayed was a Welsh speaking rural area up in the mountains where it constantly rained and the people on the whole were generally quite unfriendly.

LONDON CALLING!!

We are in London this week and the best news is that none of our venues have been booked properly so we have a paid week off. Party!
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
4:31 pm
Wales
A week in the bright lights of Cardiff passed almost too quickly. I caught up with an old friend who I haven't seen in near two years so an enjoyable week really. We stayed near Cowbridge in a rather manky little converted barn and the only real downer was that we were not closer to the city centre.
Still in Wales this week and next but in North Wales where everyone speaks with a scouse/welsh type accent and it's very difficult to understand what anyone is saying, oh and they're all a bit touchy about England winning in the rugby last weekend although I think they've failed to grasp the fact that we couldn't care less.
I haven't had a great start to week if the truth be known. I started the week feeling really ill because of the different mineral content in the water up here. This was then proceeded by going to the next school and having a large clock fall on my face from about 6 feet up, thus bloodying my nose. I thought the worse was over until this morning I pulled a muscle in my back and we had to cancel today's shows. I've been down the chemist and I'm stocked up on painkillers and muscle rubs etc in a bid to see out the rest of the week and rest over the weekend.
On the plus side I'm going my sisters to see Placebo in Birmingham on their next tour, so no all bad eh?
Still Wales is very dull, roll on London.
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
5:15 pm
Poole, Devon and The Devils
Wow, it's been a long while since I've been able to update. The show has hit it's groove, it's really on board down and we're moving along nicely.
We left Brighton after a fight with the landlord of number 18, Bristol Road. Who was such a cunt, I think he should be hung up and shot. Fuck you fatman!
Poole was our first week and although the accomdation was horrible, it did have Sky TV which was major plus. It was also nice to be so close to all the venues so the whole getting up in the morning thing wasn't too much of a culture shock.
Devon was shite, I hate to generalise about a whole bunch of people but really, those folks down there really need a rocket up their ass. The pace of life was so slow that it almost stopped. The place we were staying was a farm in the middle of nowhere and stank of damp and wet dog. Glad to be moving on.
This week we are in Cardiff, and last night we witnessed one of the greatest ice hockey matches I have ever seen, The Challenge Cup Final, second leg. Cardiff Devils vs The Coventry Blaze. The Devils started the game at 3-0 down following a mauling last week in Coventry. However, The Devils pulled one back in the first 20 seconds of the game and then in the 2nd period drew level with 2 goals taking the score to 3-3. In the final peroid the Devils gave up a soft goal to trail 3-4, but they still pulled back and equalized with 20 seconds left in the game. OT was tied and the game finished with the Devils winning on pens. A great night of old time hockey.
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
5:22 pm
Shiney and New
New cast, new play, same hardworking rehearsals. Well so far so good, the show is on the brink of being ready with our dress rehearsal tomorrow. The cast are good bunch and we've beening getting on with the work as well as having a laugh (always important when you're due to spend 3 months together, cos shit can get real old, real quick otherwise.)
Hoping my friends all over the place are well, I didn't get to see nearly as many of you as I'd have liked over the Xmas period (although I did get to hang out with Vicky Decay, Metal Hammer's Jamie Hibbard, HIM's Ville Valo and some random obsessed HIM fan who was about 12 years old. Strange old night really)
I also think if found the key to touring: bring your PS2 with you. More on that another time perhaps.
Monday, December 26th, 2005
5:56 pm
New Tour Dates
Merry Xmas everyone, I hope you have all done something suitably festive.
So for those of you who like to keep updated as to where I am and am going here are my new tour dates for Pills Thrills @nd Automobiles.

Jan 2nd - 13th: Rehearsals in Brighton
Jan 16th - 20th: Poole
Jan 23rd - 27th: Devon
Jan 30th - Feb 3rd: Cardiff
Feb 6th - 17th: Gwynith
Feb 20th - 24th: Kensington & Chelsea
Feb 27th - Mar 10th: Bradford
Mar 13th - 17th: Bucks
Mar 20th - 24th: Colchester
Mar 27th - 31st: Swansea
Saturday, December 17th, 2005
4:35 pm
Cos I need to return to the long winding road
New Show, New Tour, I leave for rehearsals on Jan 1. Will be in London for a couple of days before so I will try and see as many people as possible cos I'll be gone for 3 months this time.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
10:23 pm
Home but perhaps not for long
R & R has been the order after a very long drive back from york and staying goodbye to the rest of the cast. Got myself a few shifts working f.o.h. over the xmas period and I should find out by the end of week if I've been cast for another tour that runs from jan 2nd to march 31st. Busy, busy.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
4:26 pm
Final Furlong
I'm currently sat in a rather funky cafe in York, having a day off on what has been a very busy week with getting up at "Stupid O'Clock". Still I can't complain although being really run down now, I know there's only 4 shows to go (2 thurs, 2 fri) before my first tour is over. I'm mostly looking forward to crashing on Saturday after the final drive back from North Yorkshire. Mama I'm coming home.
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
11:27 am
Go MK? I'd rather go to hell
What can one say about Milton Keynes? A souless, lifeless dump perhaps? In fairness the kids were all a good bunch, even though all the schools looked as if the designs had been modeled on prisons. The accomadation was truely awful, it was a B+B that was run by a Chinese gentleman who could hardly speak english and who's breakfast consisted of a couple of pieces of cold toast with a slab of butter slapped onto the top, as well the place being freezing it also smelled quite a bit, a relief to be moving on. So two weeks left; Essex and North Yorkshire, looking at the schedule there can only be a maximum of 14 shows left.
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
10:03 am
The Cities Crumble As Tour Rolls Past Half Way
Peterborough, Maidenhead, Derby. All done, all dusted. We've played some weird venues, strangest I think so far would be the Berkshire College Of Agriculture Construction Deptment, where we played in a machine shed that was covered in dryed, crumbling mortar to a bunch of brickies, builders, painters and decorators. If fairness that where a good group of lads and they really got involved, although I must admit I didn't fancy it must at first. That week was spent in Henley-On-Thames which I probably wouldn't recommend to anyone but middle aged women who like middle aged women shops. Rolling on from there we found ourselves in Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and, as the name suggests, it was in the middle of nowhere. It was a place of outstanding natural beauty and did have a pub with a 50p pool table (makes you think eh Londoners?)and a rather fine pint called Hardy & Hansons: The Gunpowder Plot, and believe me that you only knew it was called that the next morning.
On the whole we're being looked after by our venue contacts and the kids that see it, of course there's some exceptions and they make for tough days. Onwards now to the land of the concrete cows; Milton Keynes.
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
4:41 pm
Peterborough laid to Waste ... Beware Maidenhead
A good first week on the road, things started a touch nervy on the first monday but it was quick and easy to settle into a rhythm, and you know what? The kids aren't that bad, I'd heard some horror stories before I went but at least for Peterborough they have a good bunch of kids.
Anyway I'm visiting my duck over the weekend and then of to Henley On Thames to prepare for round two. Game On.
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