I am happy to announce that I have signed a new contract with Rainbow, so shall be staying with them to perform next term. Schools seem to book less shows in the summer, so I shall also have a bit more time off to start working through my reading list in preparation for Drama Studio London in October!
This is the first 'in rep' style performance I have done, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning 9 new scripts, and also working with the children on a more educational level.
I have been playing real and fictitious characters from a range of historical periods, including Queen Elizabeth I ('A Tudor Tale' - pictured), Mrs Mason ('The Great Fire of London') and Mrs Copper ('We'll Meet Again'), so plenty of interesting character work to be done!
The current tour has been going really well and we consistently get positive feedback from school staff and the children. I think my favourite moment so far was when I found out a boy in my group for 'We'll Meet Again' (the WW2-based show) had a severe case of Aspergers, after he'd performed a really convincing characterisation of an upset young boy in my character's care. He even gave me a hug as part of the performance! The teachers were very impressed so I hope the experience has helped him.
We have also received some wonderful reviews from the staff at other schools we have visited:
Latchmere School in Kingston:
"Brilliant actors who always manage to include every single child in the group" (of 'Victorian Children') "The Roman workshop was BRILLIANT and we are very much looking forward to the 'We'll Meet Again' workshop."
Coopers Lane School:
"The actors...were all an absolute delight and highly professional. The children were enthralled by the whole visit"