February 21st, 2012
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
December 23rd, 2011
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.
December 22nd, 2011
I’m performing at Abnormally Funny People comedy night at Soho Theatre on Monday 20 February 2012 at 8pm. The whole gig has palantype subtitles. You must come! They’re letting me to do ten whole minutes.
In the meantime GOOD LUCK WITH CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR ARMAGEDDON.
December 13th, 2011
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.
November 21st, 2011
I had a good time performing a new piece at Richmix. It got pretty violent. Feedback on the audience questionnaires was VERY good.
Next up is more new theatre development – I’m doing a Writer Playlab with Graeae Theatre Co in December. I’ll be working with actor Tim Gebbels and associate director Amit Sharma. It will be brilliant.
November 13th, 2011
I’m doing a scratch performance of a new monologue (along with my AMAZING photography) at an event organised by Penned in the Margins at Rich Mix Theatre, Shoreditch.
Ace line up: Greg McClaren of STK International, Luke Wright and Zara Hayes, The Hurly Burly and Circus Kinetica. We’re in the local rag too.
November 4th, 2011
Great news, my outdoor show for children, Bee Detective, will be part of the London 2012 Festival.
Directed by Gemma Fairlie (co founder of our Tin Bath Theatre Company), Bee Detective will be accessible to deaf audiences though captions and sign language. I’m writing and performing.
Follow the show’s development at Beedetective.bz
September 19th, 2011
As well as being on Radio 4 on 3rd October (see my previous post) I’m also on telly the same day talking about my Deaf Faker spoofs on a TV show called Wicked. (My bit is at about 11 minutes in).
Monday 3 October at 8.45am on Film4, (Freeview 15, Sky 315, Virgin 428)
September 5th, 2011
Still pinching myself about being allowed to act in a Katie Hims play last week. I’ve been a massive fan of Katie’s virtuoso radio scripts since meeting her on a course last year.
The play is called Dragonfly and airs on 3rd October 2.15pm on Radio 4 (directed by the lovely Sue Roberts). The recording was hugely enjoyable and engrossing and the script was dead funny and moving. It was the first time I’ve worked with David Bower, a very talented actor. We recorded at old BBC drama studios in Manchester, just before the transfer to the new Salford site.
Katie Hims (writer) and David Bower (actor)
David Bower and me