An Actor's Life

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Check out the awesome line-up for next month’s Pick & Mix. It’s gonna be SO good. There are a couple of acts still deciding, including our favourite street magician. Well excited. Here’s the poster. Click here for tickets.


I’m bigger than Jesus!

It’s true, I’m bigger than Jesus. That’s not the Lennon-esque height of arrogance, rather the arrogance of height. Jesus (possibly) was hanging around being a groovy kind of guy in the same time period as the early Roman Empire and those guys had an average height of like 5’2″ maybe 5’4″ either way they’re not dunking anytime soon. As Jesus likely had a far worse diet than a Roman and pre-dates those measurements with every generation being taller than the last he’s likely to be 5 foot tops. I know his dad is supposedly a big guy, but I think when conception is immaculate its screws with the genetics.

Plus, I’m 6’4″, which back then would’ve been pretty huge. I mean while I was in Shanghai people were asking for their photos with me in 2010 just because I’m so freakishly tall. So in 1AD I would’ve been walking round going “Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum!” Of course there wouldn’t have been any Englishmen for my bread yet.

So to sum up, I am bigger than Jesus. Factually plausible.

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.

Going National
July 12, 2010, 5:08 pm
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So if you run a small to medium sized theatre with a programme inclusive of comedy you’ll no doubt have already heard of the wonderful work New Old Friends are producing. If not check your inbox, we’ve sent you a lovely pdf selling Sketchy at Best.

Brilliantly quite a few venue managers have already opened said Email, perused said pdf and expressed interest in buying said show! Awesome huh? It looks increasingly likely we will indeed be taking our particular brand of comedy theatre National! So far its still very loose and incredibly varied from small college theatre in Truro to a big name venue in Manchester. Right now I value both equally, if they both confirm one will quickly find its way onto our publicity material and the other just be a gratefully received date on tour.

I am so excited about the prospect of this tour I quite literally could pee. I should point out in the interests of clarity I do still pee when unutterably bored.

In other news Spain beat Holland in the World Cup, but Holland did more of the beating from what I could see. Loved De Jong’s dropkick to the chest! Chuck Norris finally honoured on the biggest sporting stage of all.


With Sketchy at Best’s preview out of the way with good reviews “Riotous…the lady next to me started hooting.” – Venue. It is time for the Anti-Panto production machine to start spluttering into life. The print deadline for The Rondo’s brochue was…well Friday, but we didn’t have an image then. We do now, what do you think of it? Yes Josh, I know I’ve used your face, but you like that!

Please leave comments, while it’s likely too late to stop it going in the brochure. The poster/flyer run is a long way away. Thoughts please.

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.