I was very lucky to have Jeremy Stockwell recommended to me right at the start of my acting career. He started coaching me when I knew nothing about acting.
Jeremy was always extremely positive about the way that I was going about learning to act. He encouraged me to write a book about my journey, which was published by Urbane Publications in 2017.
In late 2015 Jeremy had another idea: “we should make a one-woman show about your journey learning to act”.
HOW TO DO ACTING (Properly) premiered at The Pleasance in Islington in February 2016. Again I struggled with small audiences; again I hestitated to put the money and energy in to take it to Edinburgh.
I performed my first one woman show, based on the fantastic Dark Dates books by Tracey Sinclair, at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden in January 2015.
The director, the wonderful Peta Lily, suggested that we keep the timing short, as it was not just my first one-woman show, but my first show of any kind for nearly 20 years. Feedback was that I could make it longer and take it to Edinburgh.
I hesitated, having struggled to sell the sixty tickets for a single performance in a city where I knew a lot of people.
Tracey had moved to Brighton and suggested that I took the show there for Brighton Fringe. It was great to be performing again, even to audience sizes ranging from four to seven.
When I started out as an actor, three and a half years ago the first show that I produced was a one woman show.
My friends told me I should take it to Edinburgh. There was a cachet to performing at Edinburgh. It was a land of magic where actors were snapped up after their performances by TV producers desperate for new, unseen talent.
I could dream the dream, but I was also aware of the cold hard reality having just produced my first show. The costs involved and how they always seem to add up to just more than the revenue from tickets, even if you sell out. The challenge of selling all the seats in a 60 person theatre for one night in a town where all my friends lived, let alone a week run in a place where I knew no-one.
I performed at the slightly more accessible fringes in Camden and Brighton. I started improv classes and found that *everyone* had or was taking a show to Edinburgh. One actor had indeed been “snapped up” for a film role when she went. My Edinburgh dream slept on. Until now....