Warning – potato based spoilers! This weekend I went to see the Theory of Everything at the cinema. And, let me tell you, this is a film about everything – life, love, illness, mortality, science, academia, time, family, religion and more. It charts the life of Stephen Hawking, through his PhD, discovery that he has Motor Neurone Disease and his first marriage, covering about 20 years of his life. This is the trailer which contains a lot of the best bits: Both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones have received oscar nominations for their roles as Stephen Hawking and his wife, […]

The Theory of Everything – film review

Age is something that society seems extremely obsessed with, I don’t personally understand it, other than a form of judging people based on what they look like. In the acting industry it makes a lot of sense, we have to portray a character that is believable to the audience, which includes matching our physical appearance to the circumstances of the character. I recently got a new set of headshots done by a wonderful headshot photographer called Anna Hull. She was able to get varied shots, and she only used natural light, which I think adds to the authentic nature of […]

What’s my age again?

My last post was about being an introvert so it seems appropriate that I would talk about preparing monologues – a very singular activity. I seem to be faced with a lot of monologue auditions at the moment. They are not deemed to necessarily be a very effective way of judging whether someone is right for a part by “the industry” (that strange mythical creature), but that is largely because a lot of “the industry” is commercial and TV work. However, I have applied for a Masters at Drama school (only at Central as they have a very strong masters […]

Doing it alone………THE MONOLOGUE

I don’t know if I am an introvert, if I am I don’t know if I want to label myself. But I did a personality profile (was forced to by a boss) that did, in fact, label me as such, so I wanted to examine the world through introverted eyes (so to speak). A world where¬†being social and outgoing are celebrated, even necessary. “When it comes to creativity and leadership we need introverts doing what they do best”, ¬†Susan Cain I recently read an article in company magazine, written by Stevie Martin who describes introversion as “not being the same […]

Just me – the introvert?

  It was my birthday last week, and I didn’t have any big celebrations or lots of presents, as I was on tour and prepping for a couple of important auditions. However, I did give pause for thought about what has happened this year and to give myself a little pat on the back for the journey I have taken. I started the year with some pretty difficult things happening and it is easy to let negatives overpower our memories, so, here is an appreciation of what I am grateful for. I do admit to some self-indulgence as I remember […]

It’s my birthday :)

I have just completed the main bulk of filming on a low budget short film called “The Long Autumn Months”. With just over a week on set, and a sufficient amount of drama I learnt A LOT, but my top 5 tips are: 1. Always bring a dressing gown On set hours are long and uncomfortable, obviously this probably doesn’t apply if you are Jennifer Lawrence, but be prepared to be cold and wet, with little space to change, warm up and get comfortable! A dressing gown can be used to change under, to keep you warm or to replace […]

5 important on-set lessons

  I am currently researching for a film role that I am about to start work on. In the film I play the female lead, Rita, a ghost from the 1970s. The first thing I wanted to do was understand the world from which Rita originated. So I did a bit of research on the 1970s which included watching this BBC documentary: The hardest thing for me to do as a performer is to un-remember a world where thai food, selfies and flat screen TVs are the norm. All these things are new to Rita and therefore have to be […]

Finding Rita