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30 May 2010

Photos of Leopoldville reading released

The photos from the reading of Leopoldville have been released on the Accidental Theatre website.

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For more pictures, see the Images section.

Photo shoot with Sinead McDonald

On Friday, I headed down to dublin to have a photoshoot with Sinead McDonald. I  have worked with Sinead before as an actor in her film, The Conversation, and was impressed with her knowledge of mise-en-scene, camera and lighting and her professional approach, all of which stemmed from her background as a professional photographer.

The results will be available in the next few weeks,  at which time I will be aggressively approaching my career path, by printing mail outs and business cards, and redesigning my website.

Rehearsal of Some Kind of Stranger

On Wednesday I attended a private reading of Some Kind of Stranger, a new play written by William Patterson. It is part of Accidental Theatre's VI series.

The play is set in 1980s Belfast, and is about young people's experience of liing away from home for the first time, and how they learn more about themselves, and each other under the spectre of class and sectarianism.

It is the second time I am taking part in this series, and I am looking forward to it, as the company is attracting the attention of influential people.

Extra on Christopher and His Kind

Today I had my second day on set on the Mammoth Productions TV film of Christopher Isherwood's memoir Christopher and his Kind. It is a BBC production, with a big budget, and Matt Smith (the new Doctor Who) as Isherwood, and is directed by Geoff Sax.

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It's great getting a first person perspective on the set for a big period production, especially since it's set over three different decades of the 20th Century. The crew are all incredibly professional, and my fellow extras are very disciplined, and are always entertaining to be with (which helps in a sixteen hour callout).

Obviously, my intention is to be in the main cast for productions like this, but every step is a positive one, and I look forward to this screening in the winter.

Entering Linen Hall Library short story competition

I have entered The Linen Hall Library Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition. It's a very encouraging competition, fostering an Irish literary tradition with a lucrative £2000 prize, and a publication.



My story was a comedy about some opportunistic young men in 1960s Ireland, who win a donkey in a bet, but have no way to transport it home.

The competition result is not announced for several months yet, but I feel confident about the story.

16 May 2010

Picture from Hope

A picture of me has been made available by Ben at his blog, dressed in full Orc make up.

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It is odd, as this is the first time I've seen myself in make up, there were no mirrors on location, and the display on the camera didn't really do the job justice.

There should be more available when the edit is finished, because it was the same person doing the photography as is editing, so I look forward to more shots, of my full costume.

15 May 2010

Workshops with Fringe Benefits

I am currently preparing for my second weekly workshop with Fringe Benefits Theatre Company in the Crescent Arts Centre.

My first was last Saturday, and I really enjoyed it. It was a vocal session with Anna Newell, and it gave me a lot of confidence in my vocal ability, even though it was all the singing was done in groups.

The workshops are four hours long, and hard work is expected of all participants, but this is encouraging, and the challenge maintains my ability at the highest level.

I am really looking forward to all the workshops now, and finding out my abilities and limitations.

14 May 2010

News: Hope is screening in Odeon

I just got news that Hope, the Lord of the Rings film I was involved in, will get a screening in Odeon cinema in Belfast. Dates and times are still to be announced, but this is an exciting announcement.

12 May 2010

Rehearsed Reading with Accidental

All this week, I have been rehearsing with Accidental Theatre for their rehearsed reading of Leopoldville, by Jaki McCarrick, as part of their 'VI' season. It's a punishing drama set in 1990, about a real life incident of murder of a bar owner by a group of young men.


This is my first rehearsed reading, and I have to admit I felt out of place after the first rehearsal, but after four days of intensre rehearsals has given me a lot of confidence, going into tomorrow night's performance.

It is also notable as my first lead role, so I am excited to be going in front of an audience in this position.

I shall write again after the performance.

3 May 2010

Hope production wrapped

Today production wrapped on Hope, an ambitious Lord of the Ring fanfic project. I played two orcs, made possible by the incredibly impressive costumes, with realistic latex masks for the orcs.



The shooting took place in Belvoir Park, in Belfast, which turned out to be a perfect location, because of it's sheer vastness, despite being on the edge of the city.

The director is Benjamin Mudge, who wrote and produced the project, with Aisling Kelly, Chris McCann, Jonny Walker and other students from the Belfast Metropolitan College.

This is a project I'm genuinely excited about, and with highly enthusiastic Lord of the Rings across the world, this is sure to be a big success.

Production shots and clips to come soon.