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Happy School Days

So, that’s The History Boys done, then. For now, anyway. There have been enigmatic mutterings… That is all I can say… It is all I know.

The preparation I mentioned in my last post did pay off, I think. The project was intensive and hard work, but enormously rewarding. I had the joy of working with a great cast on a great play. For several of “the boys”, this was their first professional engagement, and it was an honour to share that experience with them. I look forward with excitement to watching their undoubtedly glorious careers blooming from this point forward.

Personally, the thrill was to find that a wish list role was within my ability. There have been a few nice comments in online reviews, which modesty, of course, forbids my posting here. The short but vital experience of this job has left me with new friends and many happy memories. Here are some of them:


Blogging with not much to say

This is not a new year’s resolution


It’s just a coincidence that I’ve returned to this blog in early January, OK? I’m not promising myself a blog a day for 2012 or any of that nonsense. I just got a bit distracted after my last post and haven’t had the time to tell you anything about my fantastically interesting life. I don’t think six months between posts is unreasonable.


The Edinburgh Festival was a blast. I performed and drank and laughed and tired myself out. Then I was in an amazing “immersive theatre” show at the Pleasance, Islington, called OFFICE PARTY. It was my happiest acting job so far. And then it was Christmas.


And here we are. The new year has begun and… er, well, that’s it, really.


It’s not that I haven’t had things to tell you in the last six months. I have. Loads of things.


Four of us got locked inside the flat we were sharing in Edinburgh, for example, and the police had to rescue us at 3am. That was an adventure.


We saw a very serious political discussion on TV late one night and everyone in it was wearing Hawaiian shirts and drinking from coconuts. We never discovered why.


Someone left me a message on my phone saying “I worry about you. Which is nice. Because I could just not give a shit”. It was a wrong number.


So yeah… loads of things happened. But I was too busy living to sit down and write about them. Sorry. And now I do have the time, the only exciting thing I can think of is the afternoon when I found myself playing musical chairs with Libby Purves. But I’m no name dropper, so I’ll leave that one there.


Happy new year, then. I hope it’s going to be a great one for you, even if you do give a damn about the wretched Olympics. I have no idea what the year will bring. I feel great optimism, but that’s pretty much a default setting. My life would be much easier if I could just shake off this bloody optimism.


Hope you like the new look site, and I’ll try to find something interesting to say before the summer.

Happy New Year

I hope 2011 brings you all you hope for


Pretty picture, isn’t it. Must try to remember it as the challenges arise!

I don’t blog




Who’d have thought?

I’m not entirely sure I belong here, but I’ve been fretting about setting up a website for far too long now, and this WordPress thing seems to offer pretty much what I’d want a website to do, so I thought I’d give it a go.

If all goes to plan, I’ll put up some videos and whatnot to let the world know a bit about what I can offer. But be patient with me; none of this comes naturally to me. I’ll also be putting up a page of forthcoming gigs as soon as I can work out how. And, well why not, I’ll come and have an occasional think on this page too. I’m sure it’ll all be a way short of whizz-bang for a while, as I grope pathetically around, trying to find out how it all happens, and I don’t expect to become a regular blogger; you don’t really need to know what I had for lunch, do you? But when I do throw something onto this page, it would give me an enormous thrill if you’d make a comment or two, to let me know I’m not alone out here in space.

I have a couple of things in mind that I’d like to put up over the next few days, and then I might go quiet again for a while, but if you can work out how to do this, there might be a button you can press to make the internet tell you when I’ve done something new on here. That would save you coming back to see the same old stuff all the time, wouldn’t it. But do check the gigs page when it’s up. It’d be great to see you at something one of these days.

Over and out.

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