• A Woman’s Tale

    May 8, 2014 | Posted By: | Thoughts · Work |

    A universal story of mankind is one that touches you no matter your gender or background. This is why Shakespeare is still relevant. I was never really interested in gender specifics, the characters I wanted to play were the ones that dealt with ‘big’ issues and they were often male, especially when you look at Shakespeare. I didn’t think it fair that men got those juicy parts; I wanted to explore those feelings, ideas and the language that unlocked that aspect of humanity. My first dissertation was on that subject, ‘Jobs for the Boys’. There are some fantastic roles for women, that do explore the depth and contours of life, but lots of them are caught in the gender trap of what women only go through, not humans, and many of them are stuck in an age specific ‘before forty’.

    The old saying (who’s or where it came from I know not), ‘life begins at forty’, misses out the aspect of performing arts. There has been much talked about regarding older women in front of the camera, or rather the lack of them, but there is also the fact that characters from fiction and drama are often missing, unless you want to support. I seem to be encountering lots of material that is getting me to question and think about these issues; from Juno Theatre, Jude Kelly’s key speech at WOW, articles and discussions.

    However, what is becoming apparent is that I need to do something- it’s all very well awakening, realising and discussing things, but action changes things.

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    The Dark Point

    March 21, 2013 | Posted By: | Thoughts · Work |

    A tale begins…

    In 1998 I was driving from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath,via Monkton Farley and was heading down ‘Sally in the Woods’ when I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  It was twilight; the tress on either side cast even more shadows and mystery. My mind began thinking that this time of the day, along with dawn, has always been considered as a magical time, a time when faeries and such like enter this world.  And so ‘Halcyon time’ emerged.  Ideas began to crop up, I wrote them down and then I went to live in a place that closely resembles Holloway in the book.  The Manor was an overshadowing aspect of our lives.  Its darkness, tiredness and mystery began to find its way into the story and I stumbled upon not just Halcyon but The Dark Point.

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