Honoured to have played Prospera in the The Tempest at St. George's Hall this month. It really is the part of a lifetime, and it was a joy to play it in such a fabulous venue, and with such an amazing cast, especially my Ariel and director, Laura Harris. Happily, the reviewers agreed, and were really positive about the show!
'Hamlet's Prospera was a highlight. She had a great stage presence, a power to her demeanor that carried such a big character and her vocal projection was the strongest in the cast.'
'Hamlet makes a worthy Prospera, and has a reassuring stage presence and a clarity of delivery.'
Rehearsals begin this month for The Lionheart Phantom at the Manchester Fringe, as well as the next play in our Shakespeare season, Romeo and Juliet. To Verona (via Salford)!
The end of April saw our run of Macbeth at St. George's Hall, in the beautiful concert room, as part of the Where There's A Will Shakespeare season at St. George's Hall. The production was really well received, and it was a joy to be involved. Thrilled that I get to keep working with the Chalice Productions gang as rehearsals start for next month's production of The Tempest!
The middle of the month saw a wonderful, and exciting, trip to the Cannes Film Festival. I was lucky enough to walk the red carpet, and see the premiere of Jodie Foster's new film, Money Monster, in the Grand Theatre Lumiere, which was brilliant. It was a thrill to see our film, The Con Game, advertised as part of Short Film Corner, and to see the posters for a film, Just Charlie, cast by a lovely friend of mine, Ben Cogan, in the festival. The (film) stars were out, and the weather was lovely! Congratulations to everyone involved on a brilliant festival - I hope to be able to attend again in future years!
More good news this month - Grand Dame Theatre are taking The Lionheart Phantom to The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2016. Can't wait to be Wendy again!
New casting: Delighted to announce that I will be playing Prospera in The Tempest as part of the 400th Anniversary Shakespeare Celebrations at Liverpool’s St. Georges Hall: ‘Where There’s A Will’, with Chalice Media. I will also be reprising the role of Lady Macduff and the porter in the St. George’s Hall transfer of Chalice’s production of Macbeth. Not to be missed!
Our premiere of Grande Dame Theatre’s Lionheart Phantom by Tess Humphrey was well received by enthusiastic audiences. Two lovely reviews are online from British Theatre Guide, and North West End. Particularly pleased to have been described as having ‘a beautiful singing voice’ (British Theatre Guide).
This month I’m producing and starring in a ‘Wonders of the West End’ concert with Chalice Productions. We are really excited about it - we’ve got some wonderful singers, and a fabulous band. I will be singing excerpts from Phantom, Love Never Dies, and West Side Story, as well as some popular opera arias. There will also be songs from Cats, Chess, We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. It promises to be a great night – look out for some footage from the show in the media gallery soon!
Our first review for BoXeD is in: onefilmfan.com/indie-film-review-boxed
'Hamlet delivers a solidly powerful performance'.
Beneath The Underground have also reviewed BoXeD. ‘Hamlet shows her keenness to excel further in her role by combining her characters vulnerability with sorrow, so beautifully, in her role as lost and desperate Rachel.’
Great News - The Con Game has won an Award of Excellence for Global Shorts, Los Angeles. The producers, Lumino Films, are also planning to make The Con Game into a web series, The Gypsy Con Trick, to begin production in January. Look out for further details next year!
Excitingly, I just found out that one of the films I acted in last year, BoXeD, will be coming to Amazon Instant Video on 11th November.
Our July play in the St. George’s Hall Shakespeare Season was Romeo and Juliet – set in Prohibition era USA, so we had a lot of fun with it, as well as a lot of tears at the end! I especially enjoyed getting to sing in that beautiful concert room, as the singer in residence at the Capulet’s speak-easy.
Followed almost straight away by a run of The Lionheart Phantom at the Manchester Fringe Festival. It was lovely to play Wendy again, and spend more time with the brilliant people of Grande Dame Theatre company.
And just in case I hadn’t had enough Shakespeare, a friend of mine invited me to participate in the Shakespeare 400 show at the Wirral Festival of Firsts: 3 monologues, 2 ‘secret scenes’, and plenty of audience participation made for a fun evening. I’m going to miss my Shakespeare!
I’m taking some time off over the summer to recharge and spend time with my family, so check back in the autumn for more updates!
Thrilled to announce that The Con Game has been accepted to the Short Film Corner at the Festival De Cannes 2016. Many congratulations to Writer/Director Jane Sanger and Lumino Films. Excited to be attending the festival this year!
A lovely few weeks performing Bricks at the Page to Stage festival. The play was really well received, with some very complimentary and heartwarming comments from audience members, including those who had direct experience of the plays subject matter (caring for a relative with dementia). It was a real honour to be involved. Thanks to the plays writer, Michael Rumney, and director Hannah Kelly for casting me, and for a great experience.
Now, let the Shakespeare 400th Anniversary celebrations commence! Something wicked this way comes.....
Rehearsals are proceeding apace for The Lionheart Phantom, opening next month. Our trailer is online now:
As you can see, we are having a lot of fun!
New casting: In April, I will be taking part in the 2016 Page to Stage Festival, playing Louise in a new one act play, the two-hander, Bricks by Michael Rumney. Rehearsals begin next month!
Wonderful time at the West End premiere of New Dickensian this month with Nicholas Ball, Dean Johnson, and Leah Taffe. Big thank you to the amazing folks at the Jermyn Street Theatre, who made us so welcome. First time I've had my name on a West End poster!
Delighted to announce I will be playing the lead role of Wendy Hatley in Grande Dame Theatre's 'The Lionheart Phantom', a new play by Tess Humphrey, showing at the Salford Arts Theatre in March.