Bee Detective at Southbank Centre this weekend

I’ve written a new play for children called Bee Detective. It’s a funny honeybee murder mystery and full of fascinating information about bees.

It’s on at Unlimited Festival at London’s Southbank Centre on 31 August – 2 September. Suitable for ages 6+

You can book tickets here. There are three shows a day.

Check out our trailer, animated by James Merry.

Bee Detective Teaser from James Merry on Vimeo.

The show is created by my own Tin Bath Theatre Company, directed by co-founder Gemma Fairlie, produced by Gemma Fairlie. It stars Elinor Keber, Daniel Alun and Chris Morgan. Read all about the tour at my show blog: Beedetective.bz

New episode of Deaf Faker!


Charlotte Loud hopes to prepare for her role in “The Mouth Spy” by inviting deaf actor Matthew Gurney to her apartment. But it seems that a crash course in sign language isn’t all she is after…
Co directed and produced by Caroline O’ Neill and Mark Williams, starring me, Matthew Gurney and Chris Curran.

New stand up material

I had a ball last night at Soho Theatre’s Abnormally Funny People’s comedy night. It was rammed and also subtitled live (a brilliant thing – and there were heaps of deaf people there to enjoy it. More comedy subtitles please!).

I tested new material for the first time. I performed narrative, character comedy instead of a sequence of jokes. And it was a bit technically difficult to pull off too. I was secretly worried beforehand. But it all went according to plan. Yahoo! I have no more gigs lined up at present. Oh. But you can catch me in my kids play this summer.

Meanwhile here’s a blurry dressing room pic of me and two of the other comedians. They were ace. Tanyalee Davis does a terrific line in rock n roll-style Las Vegas gags.

Penny Pepper, Tanyalee Davis and Sophie Woolley
Penny Pepper, Tanyalee Davis and Sophie Woolley

Sophie Woolley performing onstage at Soho Theatre

The Pale Blue Door

Went to a brilliant restaurant-as-art-installation last night called The Pale Blue Door. Created by artist Tony Horneker, the dinner took place in a remarkable, fairy tale gypsy panto style, ramshackle construction down a back alley in Dalston. A Man to Pet performed in between courses. It was magical. I never want to go to a normal restaurant again. There was even a foam party disco bit before the pudding.

I Would Rather Go Blind

Just done a playlab at Graeae theatre co, workshopping a thing for me and Tim Gebbels to act in (working title above). Carissa Lynch the lit manager set it up and Amit Sharma, the associate director, told us what to do.  I’ve got to read through the transcription of our conversations and digest what came out of the last two days but  it was very interesting, different, and more! I’m very excited about the story. Here are some blurry photos of one of the improvisations. Check out Graeae blog about it here.

Tim and Sophie, having a sit down and a chat.

Tim looking one way and Sophie the other