The acting life for me has been fairly fruitful over the last two weeks. This has included one Murder Mystery role play, one feature film role, one pantomime rehearsal and one short film role and they were all fun in their own different ways.
As some of you may know, I have been making major in-roads into the acting industry this year which includes securing an Agent, K Talent Artist Management Ltd, and finally being able to join Spotlight. What follows are my escapades in acting over the last two weeks.
The Murder Mystery took place two weekends ago. Ross and I both had our parts to play. He was Inspector Crabbe and I played Mrs Joan Palmer. Also joining our band of actors were Marie Street as Mellissa Cranberry and Kate Strafford playing Lily Davenport. A lady by the name of Moira was celebrating her 60th Birthday at Highley Manor near Crawley, West Sussex and we were employed as their entertainment. We joined them at 6pm on the Saturday evening, whereupon the murder was brought to the attention of the guests by Inspector Crabbe and the questioning started over a lovely three course dinner. Maintaining character throughout and having to come up with on-the-spot responses was a really enjoyable experience and really does put your acting skills to the test. We had to remain in character the following morning at breakfast right up until just before lunch when the murderer was revealed (no, I’m not going to tell!). Moira and her family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we not only got food and accommodation as part of our reward, we received a raptuous round of applause from the party-goers at lunch.
The second job took place the Thursday after. This role was as Natalie Price in the feature film ‘Ethan’. Yep, this was me:
She was a fantastic character to play. Filming took place in Milton Keynes in the kitchen of an annexe of a friend of the writer, and actor playing Ethan, Wade Radford. We were also joined by Zac Ockenden as Kyle Andrews and director and cameraman, Jason Impey. We had a great chemistry onset. I had to speak in a northern accent – which is the first time I had properly had to do this! – and things really got nasty (in an actory sort of way!) when Ethan had to slam me, his Mum, up against the kitchen cupboard. Look out for this fabulous film currently listed on IMDB and due for release early next year.
Third on the agenda was the rehearsal for a 30-minute Pantomime Ross and I are in on 20th October at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Three pantomimes are to be performed on the night and the audience chooses their favourite. The winning Panto will receive £250 for a charity of their choice. Our panto has been ably written by George Riddell. Ross is playing Captain Hook (of course!) and I am Fairy Liquid – the bad Fairy! Other cast members include Sarah Seddon as the cat, Paul Sheppard as Fairy ‘Nuff – the good fairy and Brent Whitted is playing our Dame. We have a total of 4 rehearsals. Cue all things pun! Please come and support all three teams in helping them to support a worthy cause. We’d love to see you there.
Finally, we recorded a short film last Saturday entitled ‘The Four Horsemen and Daphne’, written by our good friend Iain Burnside. This film is about an Estate Agent, Daphne (played by me) together with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Death (Iain Burnside), War (Ross Williams), Famine (Gordon Coe) and Pestilence (Paul Sweeney) all of whom are squatting in the house Daphne is trying to sell. Toby Rinkoff and Robbie McKane were our directors and camera crew for the day. We had a fantastic laugh recording it with all sorts of capers going on! Gord-Cam is hilarious! Toby and Robbie are now hard at work putting it together. Ross and I are hoping to attend the editing process. Look out for the link on here once its ready!