A while since the last update, and a fair amount going on. So far 2014 has been small theatre projects but a step up in the world of voice work, and with much yet to come to fruition bubbling along behind the scenes.
First up was a rehearsed reading of a new play by Maev Mac Coille, 'Simple Procedures'. This was at the Etcetera Theatre, and was directed by Erica Miller, and had a lovely cast, including one or two blasts from the past that I hadn't had the pleasure of working with in a while. A good play with much promise, and some wonderfully complex relationships to work through.
I then participated a couple of really fun corporate focused experiential events, which were totally different in scale and intention. The first was for Secret Agency working in conjunction with BBC worldwide, which involved several hours of long-form improv, peppered with sword-fighting set pieces, and gave me the pleasure of charging around as a musketeer with a dark back-story in a purpose built 17th Century French hamlet. A lovely bunch of performers and creative team to work with, led by the lovely Lucy Ridley. The second event was a much shorter rotational affair as an underground lobotomist for Rueben Feels, a company I had been keen to work with for some time. Again lovely people, and the usual coincidental collaborations with the long lost.
In the middle of this, there was a welcome return to the world of 'Psychostasia', this time presented in a rather different way at Riverside Studios, and with a slight change of personnel. This time the world of music and myth was augmented by not just dance and theatre, but also a range of projections and visual effects, creating quite a potent sensory experience. And again, working with people who I have great affection for is always a plus!
Most recently, I participated in Theatre 503's Easter Weekend rapid write response event, performing in one of a selection of short plays written in response to the main production 'Occupied' (a good play with excellent performances and set design rightly recognised by people who give awards for these sorts of things). I was in a piece called 'Trafalgar Dreams', dealing with mourning, identity and the differences between first and second generation immigrants. I loved meeting and working with Ashraf Ejjbair and being directed by Carla Kingham, and Sevan K Greene's script was very nuanced and well judged. The piece was very positively received, and hopefully it can be part of larger project in the future.
Aside from this, the voiceover work has been ticking along nicely, with a couple of studio gigs and the steady stream of small home-recording projects. Hopefully this will continue to grow, and I'll have some nice finalised material to share!