Bright Lights

Another glorious Edinburgh has been and gone, the eighth for Showstopper! - which now finds itself in a shiny new home in the West End, at the Apollo, Shaftesbbury Avenue. Opening night is tonight for the first ever long-form show in such a venue. History. Meanwhile plans continue for future Slung Low projects - 59 Minutes returns to save Christmas once more (this time at The Sheffield Crucible, full details here http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/59-minutes-to-save-christmas-15/), and it's side by side with the other SL family show, Emergency Story Penguin. As well as teaching for DSL and private pupils, I'm becoming a drama examiner for New Era and jetting off to Istanbul for my first ISTA event. All while juggling performances of a show in town....

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Summer Capers

So Camelot: The Shining City is gone, vanished into dust. An incredible undertaking, with a cast of 130 and 40 or so crew: broadswords and Uzis, plentiful smoke and fire, a Land Rover, a fire-breathing armoured car and more. Nice trailer here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfTGE6GqbgM, though nothing can really tell you the whole story. Now I'm on to recording Series 2 of ''Trodd en Bratt say "Well Done You"', and then it's time for Edinburgh again. Have a lovely summer!

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The Gathering

I'm hot off the heels of workshopping two new musicals, Kingmaker (playing Gordon Brown) and Des O'Connor's brilliant new version of The Trial, Failed States (playing MI5 agent Frank Bishop), and I'm about to start Hamlet workshops for the Primary Shakespeare Company. Series 2 of Trodd en Bratt say 'Well Done You' is recording soon, and Vomica is screening in The London Independent Film  Festival. More projects for Slung Low and Showstopper!'s 8th Edinburgh Fringe are just over the horizon...

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A Quiet Start

The new year started with fairy tales at the new writing showcase 'Three Writers Walk into a Forest' at The Comedy Museum; workshopping School of Night procedures at RADA; and my debut at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin with a concert performance of War Correspondents, as part of the Theatre of War symposium. In February I'm off to Sherman, TX for more bardic improvisation in their Medieval and Renaissance studies week; and there's Showstopper! performances in London and Aylesbury, and workshops with public school groups (Framlingham) and young lawyers (Inner  Temple) to boot.

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The Autumn Rush

Edinburgh 2014 is past, The White Whale is past (for now, though this a very nice piece in Exeunt - http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/the-white-whale/), and War Correspondents is soon on the road again. Also, sitting in front of me is the 150-page script for Daisy Campbell's adaptation of Cosmic Trigger, the extraordinary memoir by Robert Anton Wilson of Illuminatus! fame, which will premiere in Liverpool in November (you can find out more and book here: http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/News/COSMIC_TRIGGER/1141.aspx). Better start learning it then. And after that, there'll just about be enough time for another outing for 59 Minutes To Save Christmas at Z-Arts in Manchester (http://www.z-arts.org/). And rest.

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