After an extremely long time since my last post (in part due to the time it's taken me to get the new website up and running), I am finally getting back into the swing of things.
In the (almost) year that has passed since my last post, I have completed the first year of my apprenticeship with the BADC. It's been a difficult journey, as I have had to completely change the way in which I work and the jobs I take on, in order to accommodate the time I need to devote to the apprenticeship. Having left my position as Drama Teacher at Stagecoach Twickenham, I am now living in leafy St Albans and working at the Tower of London as a Historical Interpreter and Fighter for their summer season.
Myrrdin (now called "Arthur and Merlin: The Legend Begins") had its premiere at the BFI back in April, and it was brilliant! An excellently put together film with some wonderful camera work and a lot of familiar faces getting down and dirty with swords in hand!
As well as getting involved in various projects and workshops for RC-ANNIE, I have also taken part in several combat workshops for director Marc Price, and the hope is that there will be a few exciting films to come out of it! So watch this space.
And only this past week, I took on my first professional fight direction job, working with the Southside Players and their gory production of "Shakespeare's Land of the Dead", due to be performed over the Halloween period.
It's all go this summer! I am just about to start filming on Marco Van Belle's feature film, Myrrdin, playing 'Drest'. This is a supporting role and I have been brought in to also play varying other characters needed for combat/battle scenes. RC-Annie are FD-ing the combat and I cannot wait to start. After finishing filming mid-September, I am finally going to begin my apprenticeship with the BADC that will see me working under Lewis Penfold at Arts Ed, London. Exciting times!
So far this year I have been in three short films (footage to follow), including most recently, a further collaboration with Martin Doyle and 'a TAD too far' for the Sci - Fi London 48 Hour Film Competition 2014. With all this footage rolling in a full showreel should be on the cards later in the year. I have also just had new head shots taken with the wondeful Steve Lawton. Watch this space!
Happy New Year! And what a way to start it all off. The 'a TAD too far' original production,Mr Pencil's Creative Persuasion has been included in the London Short Film Festival, at the Riverside studios, on the 14th January. The film has been included within a shortlist of fantastic short films from all over Britain, as part of an evening entitled 'God's Lonely Men Part One: Under Attack'.
"A programme specially selected by the LSFF team showcasing a powerful selection of dramas that will leave you as bruised and battered as our protagonists."
For more information and to book tickets please follow the link to the Riverside Studios website.
To watch the full 20 minute film, please click on the above Spotlight link and follow the corresponding link to the private YouTube page. Please be advised this film contains scenes of a violent nature and strong language throughout.
That's it! The tour is over and it ended with a bang at the New Diorama Theatre with a sell-out crowd despite the tornado like winds! All in all we performed the show times, at 20 different Venues, to a total of 1750 audience members, and covered 2000 miles, with countless hours of laughter to boot.
For all interested parties, here is our review from The Stage ... it makes for good reading! http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/39319/nativity-in-creakebottom Enjoy!
Nativity in Creakebottom is off and has been warmly and enthusiastically received so far as we reach the midway point of the tour. One audience member said
"A true tear rolling, laughter filled top quality performance!!! Absolutely loved it and would so recommend it!!!!!".
For more audience testimony or for more information on dates and venues visit the Slingshot Theatre website.
Mr Pencil's Creative Persuasion has been chosen to be entered into the London Short Film Festival in January 2014. More details on date of showing and any outcomes to follow. Hooray!
Production stills for Titian Rep's Macbeth can be found on my Portfolio page. I would like to thank Amber Elliott, Avril Poole for bringing me on board to an awesome production of a classic and for giving me a weekend away in the beautiful sunshine of Stratford upon Avon's outdoor theatre, The Dell. I would also like to thank Lyndall Grant and RC-Annie for choreographing some awesome fights! I love swords!
The full cut of Mr Pencil's Creative Persuasion is out! and is currently being considered for entry to several film festivals. An updated showreel + the full 21 minute film to follow shortly. Watch this space!
The trailer to Mr Pencil's Creative persuasion is out!! Get ready to strap yourself in for the full 20 minute feature, coming soon!
Actor, Fight Director, Freelance Workshop Facilitator and Drama Teacher, BADC Stage Combat Apprentice teacher, Leicester lad and RPG enthusiast.