New Dickensian premiere at the Lantern Theatre, Liverpool with Dean Johnson and Leah Taffe. West End premiere next month with the gentleman and acting scholar Nicholas Ball as our Scrooge. Can't wait!

Family commitments abound this month, so that's all the performing for me, but I did have the great privilege of seeing Mark Rylance in the final night of Farinelli and the King by Clare Kemper. What a fantastic performance in a wonderful show. Loved it.

Icepicks and Violets


It's been a wonderful month of performances of Icepicks and Violets, including at the Rheged Centre, as part of the Mountain Arts Festival in the beautiful Lake District, and at Sandy Irvine's old school in Birkenhead. We were also invited to give a performance at an old haunt of George Mallory's - Treadwells book shop in Soho. This performance was with a special guest - the brilliant Nicholas Ball - a true gentleman and scholar. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him.

Filming The Con Game

TV and Film

Also had a joyous time in Shropshire, filming on The Con Game with Lumino Films. The director, Jane Sanger, was fantastic to work with, putting everyone at their ease, and the crew were brilliant - entirely unperturbed by rain and cold! My new favourite co-star is now Murphy the shire horse. An absolute beauty, and hit his mark every time! :) Really looking forward to the finished film.

You Are Lennon cast

In Theatreland

We have a winner! I'm thrilled to announce that 'You Are Lennon' was the winning play at this year's Ticket to Write festival, as voted for by our judges and the audience. We had a wonderful run at Liverpool's lovely Unity Theatre, and it was fantastic to meet our winning writer, local lad and Beatles fan Patrick Maguire. The photo is the winning cast (and brilliant directors, Darren Begley and Rio Matchett).

Second was the USA entry Stalking The Beatles written by Maureen Brady Johnson from Oberlin, Ohio. Third was Londoner Rob Taylor with Face in a Jar. "All three plays were warmly applauded by the large audiences who turned out to see them. I'd like to thank our super judges Clare Dow and  Ian Kellgren, Rio Matchett and her production team, all the writers, the acting team and the many people who are always essential to make such an event a success," said Producer Jamie Gaskin.

Also, after weeks of being Aunt Mimi in rehearsal and on stage I have now developed a worrying addiction to knitting. Anyone need a really long scarf? Blanket?

Icepicks and Violets

In more exciting theatre news, our production of Icepicks and Violets in Heswall with Doug Scott was the best selling event in the history of the Arts Festival. Apart from enjoying a great performance in front of an appreciative audience, we raised over £4,000 for Community Action Nepal. Delighted. Working with writer, composer, and performer Dean Johnson is always a joy, and adding Doug into the team was the icing on the cake!

TV and Film

Bay TV debut! The lovely people from our local TV channel, Bay TV, came to film before the final performance of Macbeth at the boat museum for their Arts Alive show. You can find the whole show on YouTube:

Filming begins next month on The Con Game with Lumino films. Can't wait to work with these great people!

Jane Hamlet

Singer and Actress