2018 has been quite a busy year for me, certainly much busier that last year for sure!
I had been teaching as part of the Sherman Youth Theatre, as well as assisting on their National Theatre Connections production of “[ B L A N K ]” by Alice Birch. I also helped with workshops for primary school children as a part of the Sherman Theatre’s “Primary Expressions” projects, helping the children write and develop their own scripts before performing them on the Sherman’s main house theatre stage for their families. I was very fortunate to be on both the development side and the performing side of the project, and I was very proud of the work we had all created!
Inspired by how prolific the young writers were, I tried my hand at writing a few things myself (usually at work at my old job whilst I was managing conference calls!) more as something to keep myself busy, trying to be productive with my time! I doubt any of my writing will come to fruition any time soon, but it is certainly something that has kept the creativity flowing!
Every fortnight this year, I have managed to ‘release’ an original song of mine, in a wide range of styles. I have released 26 songs, with one more coming in the new year. I am really proud of the music I have made, and I am very grateful for the feedback I have received!
I also played the role of “The Missionary” in Evolution’s “Ann Rolls Green”, which should be appearing on Amazon Prime in the near future. It was a great project to be a part of, and it was great to work with some very talented people!
I have seen some incredible shows this year, and I am very fortunate to have seen some excellent pieces of theatre in Wales and in London:
Wicked – Stephen Schwartz and Willie Holzman
The Birthday Party – Harold Pinter
Dublin Carol – Conor McPherson
Network – Lee Hall (Based on the film by Paddy Chayefsky)
The Wood – Owen Thomas
A Number – Caryl Churchill
The Motherf*cker With The Hat – Stephen Adly Guirgis
All But Gone – Matthew Tevannion
Light Speed From Pembroke Dock – Mark Williams
Quiz – James Graham
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Consent – Nina Raine
Allelujah! – Alan Bennett
Dust – Milly Thomas
Stories – Nina Raine
Girlfriends – Howard Goodall
Company – Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
I have been very fortunate to see some incredible bands live too:
Steven Wilson – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Nashville In Concert – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Robert Plant, Imelda May, Midge Ure – Bath Festival, Bath
Stereophonics – Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Rolling Stones – Cardiff Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Ed Sheeran – Cardiff Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Roger Waters – Manchester Arena, Manchester
Eminem – Twickenham Stadium, London
Muse – Royal Albert Hall, London
Moving to London from Cardiff was a very big step. I was struggling to find as much acting work in Cardiff as I would have liked, so I decided to try my luck moving to London where there will hopefully be more work available. A few months after settling down here, I managed to secure new representation, and I am now represented by CBL Management!
20 Hollingbury Rise, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 7HJ
01273 321245 / 07956 890307
I am really excited to see what the new year holds. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities that will come my way, and I will be trying my best to make sure that I am ready to take them when they arrive!
Happy New Year!