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Next up: I will be featuring in the short films Dark & Stormy and Belfast Caliber 9.

26 Sep 2011

King's Fool Productions, Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life/earth2.0,Culture Night, The Portrait Keeper,

My posts have been much more sporadic recently, and I've been unjustifiably grouping several disparate projects into one long post, rather than the individual post they deserve. This has largely been due to the fact that I've so much going on, I haven't had the time to give each project it's due cyberspace. This post is continuing that long and noble tradition, starting with the main vampire of my time recently,
Hatfield ProductionsKing's Fool Productions.

King's Fool Productions is the name of the production company I am starting, dealing initially with theatre, but with plans to expand into moving image, digital media, and perhaps even fashion!

I have gone on the Go For It programme, and as a result, I have been staring at spreadsheets and talking to marketing people for the last fortnight - exactly the kind of things I got into acting to avoid. Luckily, there was disproportionate amount of creative people there, who I'll probably end up doing business with in the foreseeable future.

The next step will be getting the logo done, so I can start doing the website and printing stationary, with the intent of having a launch night in early November. Watch this space!

I have also got involved with Tinderbox Theatre's next show, Guideline for a Long and Happy Life. It is being put on as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, and is being performed in an abandoned warehouse the Old Victor Stationery Warehouse.

The post apocalyptic set is huge, but it sounds like it will be incredible, with audience interaction, horror elements, and poisoned ground, only scalable on stilts. Directed by Michael Duke, from Paul Kennedy's script, the play is sure to imprint itself on anyone who sees it.

As part of the project there is earth2.0 following the lives of other inhabitants of the post apocalyptic world. It is a devised piece featuring the chorus from the main show, and it is being performed in the same venue on Sunday Oct 23rd. The ensemble, lead by Patrick Sanders, with help from the cast of Guidelines..., is incredibly creative, and the show is set to be another masterpiece.

On Friday, Belfast's 3rd annual Culture Night took place, and as part of it, I was reviving my role in the latest Wireless Mystery Theatre. This time I played the announcer, and a variety of other roles with a total cast of 23 set in St James Hill furniture store. The rest of the night was a triumph as well, as this event is growing exponentially and it is a great showcase for Belfast's monumental creativity. Next year Hatfield Productions will be there, and if all goes to plan, will be a already recognised name.

Also this month, I was in the latest of Accidental's Biscuit Tin Readings, The Portrait Keeper, by Roy Endean. This expressive work was Roy's first staging, and he travelled up from Cork to see it. I played Chum, the blind milktoast to Matt Faris' tyrannical Barth. Susan Davey and Jason McLaughlin played the seductive mistress and ambitious painter, while Mary Frances Doherty was directing. It's a testament to Accidental's increasing reputation that they can repeatedly attract talent of this quality to all their projects. I'm playing Hitler in the next reading, William Patterson's Stumpergasse 31, and after that Sitting Up for Michael will be read on November 16.

Oh, and I turned 26.

Update (6 November 2011): Hatfield Productions became King's Fool Productions prior to it's launch.

22 Dec 2010

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to post a quick blog to say Merry Christmas to all who read this blog. It has been a great year for me personally, having worked with some amazing people, from Accidental, Wireless Mystery, Devised and Fringe Benefits Theatre companies, and the various film projects I worked on.
I can't wait to work with those guys again in 2011, and see what new stuff they produce themselves.
Once again, Happy Christmas, try to get home, and have a wonderful new year.

21 Oct 2010

The 39 Steps has sold out!

The next show I'm in, The 39 Steps, with Wireless Mystery Theatre, part of Belfast Fringe Festival has officially sold out - two days before the performance.

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I went in to No Alibis to buy tickets for family members, and was informed that after my purchase, there were only five tickets remaining, of which two were instantly sold in front of me, and my friend informed me she had bought the final three.

This is a great (and just) reward for all the work Aislinn Clarke and everyone else has put into the show, and will keep us on our toes for the performance on Friday night.

The whole Fringe Festival is creating a great buzz around the city, and it's just a pity that resources forced organisers, Peter Quigley and his crew, to keep it within 3 days, and 20 venues. No doubt next year the Fringe will be huge, and will be threatening the main festival for punters' attention within the next few years.

I am volunteering in some of the other events, and will of course be attending as many of the rest as I can, which I will write about at some stage next week. This weekend is going to be hectic, going from performance to volunteering almost non-stop, but I can't wait for it.

20 Oct 2010

Incident at Vichy and The 39 Steps posters

Just a quick update to show the latest posters for ...Vichy and The 39 Steps.

 



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22 Sep 2010

The 39 Steps to be performed at Belfast Fringe Festival

It has just been announced that Wireless Mystery Theatre's adaptation of Orson Welles' The 39 Steps has been picked up to be performed as part of the first ever Belfast Fringe Festival.

The show went down a storm when it played in the Chillifest this month, with the performance tent overflowing with viewer, and the good word that spread from the performance was what inspired the organisers to book us.

It will be performed in No Alibis Book Store, Botanic Avenue on October 22nd, with tickets available now at £5.

As mentioned above, this is the first Belfast Fringe, but I'm sure that with the good organisation that has been evident so far, it could be on a par with Edinburgh in the decades to come.

9 Sep 2010

Performance of The 39 Steps this Saturday

This Saturday will see the premiere performance of Wireless Mystery Theatre's adaptation of The 39 Steps by Orson Welles. The show is presented to the audience as if they were in the audience for the original recording of the play by Orson Welles and his cast in 1939.

We have had a dress rehearsal in full period costume, and will be having a tech rehearsal in the No Alibis Book Tent on Saturday.

This is a really exciting project, so congratulations must go to Aislinn Clarke for bringing this eccentric idea to fruition.

The performance is at 3pm in Custom House Square, as part of the ongoing Open House Festival and Chillifest. Tickets are £5 (children free) to get in to the Chillifest, and the No Alibis Book Tent is free to enter once your in.

I look forward to performing this, and can't wait to see you there.

16 Jun 2010

Role in Wireless Mystery Theatre confirmed

Today I got confirmation that i am playing several roles in the Wireless Mystery Theatre's production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps.



This is an intriguing project, the brain child of Aislinn Clarke, a fellow presenter on Blast 106, where audience's experience is that the performance of the script is taking place live for the first time, as if they were transported back to the thirties to the original Orson Welles recording.

The performance is scheduled for Wednesday 8th September, in the No Alibi's Bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast, as part of* the Open House Festival. (Incidentally, Modest Mouse, my favourite band, are also playing at the festival, so I am sharing a listing with the mighty Mouse - long may it continue).



Like I said, this is an intriguing project, and the fact that it's a radio play means I can overlap my commitment to Vichy, due to there being no lines to learn, so I can't wait.

Update: Aislinn has got in contact to let me know that we are performing in the Open House Festival, not No Alibi’s in September. We are performing at No Alibi’s on a different date, both to be confirmed.