An Actor's Life

Venue Interview

Hello everyone, thought you might want to read this interview in this week’s Venue.

Venue Interview


Back home

Well wasn’t that fun? A month in Shanghai that flew by and what seemed like the speed on sound. I’ve been working for the Natural Theatre Company on behalf of the British Council at the UK Pavilion for Expo 2010. It was incredible, the thing didn’t look real.

We got back home at midnight Sunday (7am Monday in our heads) and on Monday afternoon I met with Ian McGlynn to discuss his casting of Anti-Panto. We were inundated with young female applicants but a little light on older males, as a result Malus is about twenty years younger than written. Take that Oil of Olay! I’m really excited about the show, the read through before China went very well indeed and the cast sound great. Doron of Sketchy at Best will be returning to the New Old Friends family and we couldn’t be happier to have him. Tickets are already selling well but there are still seats to be had – 01225 463362. Book ’em up.

In other New Old Friends news; Sketchy at Best hits the road next May for the company’s first national tour! We are still finalising the last few venues but all is looking groovy. The company is like a Peugot; we go from strength to strength. We are not like a Citroen; pseudo teutonic French rubbish. I leave you with a dressing room shot from Shanghai, it’s me and Heff in too much lycra being bees.

More Tim Minchin

More greatness from Mr Minchin, he’s awesome buy things that send him money.

What a week

Phew, what a week last week was! It started with a day at the Rondo and the Baths, fairly standard. Then it went mental; final rehearsals and publicity for Sketchy at Best on Tues, gas work and teching Sketchy at Best on Wednesday day, followed by the show in the evening, then Thursday prepping for Widcome Rising gig with the Naturals and shoe-horning in some prep time for our youth theatre group’s performance on the same day. Friday all out prep for the youth theatre, including making two 4-foot clam shell heads. They looked awesome it has to be said. Then Saturday was final rehearsals for Fountain of Natural Youth, leaving us ready for Sunday.

Sunday started with dress rehearsals for FNY, it went great thanks to excellent help from the rental units (parents) then we had the show with the kids. They were amazing, couldn’t have been prouder of each and every one of them. They really were fantastic, what was also nice was that the impartial people who watched it commented on how Natural Theatre it looked which was the aim. So with that show in the bag we had a quick change into pigeon poo people to entertain the crowds. It went down an absolute storm, confirming the piece as a winner after its inception and debut at Bath’s comedy festival earlier this year. We finished the day with those old favourites the Coneheads, unfortunately Heff got a little bit assaulted whilst doing her conical comedy character. But all in all it couldn’t detract from what was a wonderful, if totally exhausting week of performances.

I treated myself to a little lie in today, then paid penance by filing my tax return. I owe WAY more than I thought I did. The buggers are making me pay half of next year’s this year?! Not cool.

That was that then…

Well last night we stormed the bastille of comedy with rather more than seven prisoners inside. Sketchy at Best previewed at The Rondo last night, and it was brilliant. Doron was an excellent addition to the cast and blended in well with the comic. Heather was just fantastic, she brought the house down with every raised eyebrow and bathetic glance. She really was amazing, the whole audience adored her and working together was an awesome experience.

So next we’ve got to sell the tour and re-apply for the Arts Council grant which they were positive about last time we spoke.

It’s here!

I wrote this yesterday but somehow didn’t post it!

Only one day until the pant-wettingly funny show Sketchy at Best. The rehearsals have been an absolute joy, credit must go to Heather and new boy Doron. The gags have been sharpened, the filler replaced with killer, and we are set. Just re-listened to my radio interview with Somer Valley FM, I’ll figure out a way to get it up here. They gave us this quote though “Genius theatre company!” We’ll take it.

In other news, Rob Rouse has been plugging the show on Twitter for us “If you’re in Bath go and see these funny guys” Arthur Smith invited us to perform once more with him and Venue say we leave audiences hooting. So we can’t be that bad.

If what you all tell me is true there is going to be a tsunami of people buying tickets on the door, which is fine, but get there early so that we can start on time.

Sketchy at Best – The Rondo – TOMORROW 8pm – £10/£8 – 01225 463362


Comedians on the couch

Last night had the pleasure of not only watching Rob Rouse’s fantastic show “My Family and the Dog that scared Jesus” but then had a couple of beers with the top bloke and put him up on our sofa bed!

As his marketing material said he’s a man with genuinely funny bones, and also a bloody lovely one too. Was very grateful and had plenty of advice for myself as an aspiring comic/writier/performer type. He also had a self-confessed middle-aged piece of advice about putting my money into bricks and mortar sooner rather than later!

So all that was lovely, sadly in order to enjoy the evening I had to turn down the opportunity to once again take to the stage with the legendary Arthur Smith. Yes this blog is all name drop today! The original grumpy old man was back in the South West and hunted out New Old Friends to see if we’d reprise our skit from a few months ago. We would’ve loved to, but sadly we a show to watch and new friends to make. But as you can see funny people everywhere are attracted to the band-wagon, you’d better hop on people. (For those physically unable to hop there is access)

Sketchy at Best now plugged by Rob Rouse & Arthur Smith is on the very next Wednesday we have. The 9th June at 8pm, The Rondo, Tickets £10/8 from 01225 463362. Book NOW!