A new show developed through lockdown

My last post was February 2020, wow! around three weeks before the first lockdown. I was what was called a Lab Associate at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and was supposed to be making a new show for Autumn 2020 however, in due course that would be cancelled along with everything else.  During that lockdown I didn’t feel a creative at … Read More

Next Week Coffee with Vera at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

  This week I will be performing my show Coffee with Vera Front of House at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. I never thought I would still be performing this show seven years after first making it but it’s certainly not going away. The Theatre Royal are co-producing Amsterdam with the Actors Touring Company and it’s currently in the Drum theatre. … Read More

First week of a new show

Last week I had the luxury of being in a rehearsal room, by myself, to start developing a new show. Saying ‘by myself’ is a bit of a lie because even though, at this stage it may be a solo show there was a collection of voices in the room with me. I am a 2020 Lab Associate at the … Read More

The Secret Listener in Bodmin

My performance of The Secret Listener will be performed in Bodmin this Saturday October 12th. The Regimental Museum is a perfect venue for a matinee, obviously they have many WW2 artefacts on display, but they also have a spy HQ where you can learn about code breaking and have a go at Morse Code. They are happy for the audience … Read More

Developing The Secret Listener

For the last few months I have been quietly researching my new performance entitled The Secret Listener, a show that looks at the hidden work of voluntary interceptors during WW2 – the VIs would set themselves up in their spare bedrooms, attics or garages/garden sheds and they would listen in on homemade radios that most had been using as amateur … Read More

Vera travels to Cornwall

My first solo show is making a trip to Cornwall, to Bodmin to be precise. Last year I played Millicent Fawcett in Dreadnought South West’s production of The Cause and we opened the tour in Bodmin. The Old Library there has been turned into an arts centre by that south west creative entrepreneur Fin Irwin and his CIC company, intoBodmin … Read More

The Cause – the finale!

December 14th marks the centenary of the first votes for some women, and it’s the last chance to see ‘The Cause’, Dreadnought South West’s play inspired by an imagined meeting between two great leaders of the women’s suffrage campaign – Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett. The play has had a fantastic response from audiences during its tour of the South … Read More

2018 Autumn Tour for The Cause

Autumn Tour schedule for Dreadnought South West’s The Cause For a review of the show click here South Devon College 19th September, 1.30pm (schools) & 7.30pm (BSL Interpreted) shop.southdevon.ac.uk Tacchi Morris Arts Centre 25th September, 7.30pm (BSL Interpreted) www.tacchi-morris.com / 01823 414141 Teignmouth Pavilions  26th September, 2.30pm & 7.30pm pavilionsteignouth.org.uk Community Arts Theatre, Tiverton 28th September, 7.30pm tivertontheatre.com / 07443 502523 Dartington Live 12th … Read More

Theatre, but not as we know it

At the 2017 Edinburgh festival we saw Middle Child’s All We Ever Wanted was Everything late one night at Summerhall, in a circular tent and it was packed. Gig theatre, (a mash up of theatre [new writing] and an [original] music gig) as it is termed has brought new young audiences into the theatre and you can see why, there’s … Read More

Next lot of tour dates for The Cause

Hot weather is coming, or more accurately, has arrived but before the summer break Dreadnought SW‘s The Cause will be heading out for four more dates before we can hit the beach. Really looking forward to visiting new theatres in places I love, particularly looking forward to re-visiting the Lyric which is beyond charming and reminds me of the film … Read More