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So far, so good. By writing those four words, I am achieving my aim of blogging once a month in 2012.
So goodnight.
Or not.
Ok, so when I was told, last October, (having been sent a cutting from the local Aberdeen paper, the P&J by my mum in January 2011) that I had a role in the upcoming film, Between Weathers, my aim was simple. To stay alive until February, when filming starts (was due to start). Like all films, everything changes, all the time, but that’s cool. In the meantime, I live.
I got a job as duty manager at the newly refurbished Old Fire Station. Great to be involved in the best 150-seat theatre in central Oxford. Lots of possibilities. And a great new team, Arts at the OFS. I’m also working behind the bar of the Old Bookbinders in Jericho. It’s like being in Brigadoon, or Brigadoom if I’d left that typo. Every time I go there, it’s moved. It’s at the end of a different street. Confuses the hell out of me, but again, Josh and Michel are great to work with and I love being part of the team.
Also, while waiting for filming to start, I was able to fit in the GP roleplays which have been a big part of my year for the last five years or so. I wasn’t sure if they would overlap with rehearsals, but I got the go-ahead from director Jim Brown (b4 Films). I just spent three days working at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium on those, yet again, with a brilliant team - I especially loved the wave of hilarity, or desperation, which swept over us at coffee break the first day.
And then, a couple of weeks ago I got a Twitter message from a friend, Scott Christie. He couldn’t do a play, and thought I’d be great for it. Which is why I’m playing JM Barrie in The Mythmakers, the unexpected friendship of JM Barrie and Scott of the Antarctic at The Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL on Sunday March 18 (7.30pm) and Sunday March 25 (3pm and 7.30pm). Tickets 020 7907 7075.
I thought I probably couldn’t do it as it would overlap with the film, but after several email exchanges with Jim Brown, who was in Washington, I got another green light. I play Barrie, and Jonathan Hansler is brilliant as Scott. I really like the script and I think it’s going to be great. We are hoping for a further London run later this year, and possibly a small Scottish tour next year - but the possibilities are there - who knows where it could take us.
So, I’m learning lines furiously. It’s a two hander, and is driven by Barrie. After that, at some point, there will be Between Weathers.
I can’t wait for March 18.
See you there

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