Our lovely production of Welcome to Shangri-La opens on Tuesday at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.
Had a fantastic time in rehearsal and now it’s ready for public consumption.
It’s funny. It’s moving. It’s dark.
We’ll get your room ready….
Happy New Year – and welcome to my first post of 2020!
Good stuff to update you with – I’m coming up on the Telly and on the Stage.
I return to Emmerdale January 30 and Feb 4 as TREVOR.
Lovely character, very different to past appearances – especially my Emmerdale Elvis 🙂 and part of the big current storyline.
I’m name-checked in the Radio Times again…
I’m already starting to salivate about this production, an amazing new play written by BAFTA Break-through Brit Gemma Langford, Directed by Joel Parry for Broken Biscuits at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, 11th-20th Feb 2020. Get your tickets HERE
I play BURT – more about him – and the show – as the production comes together.
Here’s a video trailer to whet your appetite….
And here’s more info about the play…
Cheryl’s life is anything but ordinary – living in a run-down seaside B & B (that also doubles as a swinger’s club) alongside a gambling man, a fortune teller and an elderly deviant, she would give anything for a bit of boring.
But you should be careful what you wish for.
When George turns up late one night looking for his missing wife, he brings with him a cash-filled wallet and the promise of a normal life. But this promise comes with a price – the very soul of Shangri-La and its inhabitants.
Written by BAFTA Break-through Brit Gemma Langford, Welcome to Shangri-La is a dark comedy that challenges its audience to look at their own definition of “normality” and to ask themselves “am I alright?”
Broken Biscuits are a new theatre company in Manchester championing working class voices.
Written by Gemma Langford
Directed by Joel Parry
Produced by Hannah Ellis Ryan of HER Productions
Poster design by Chris Ball with original artwork by Rose Sergent
Coming to your Telly next Monday….. I’m in Doctors, BBC1 1:45. Had a super time shooting this, it’s a bit of different role for me. Can’t wait to see it.
If you can’t see it live, or record to your TV device, you can catch up afterwards here….
Coming up…. some more telly to air in January. Can’t wait 🙂
Hi folks! November already!
Been a busy few weeks. This past weekend I was on stage at York Theatre Royal in the TakeOver Festival with the lovely short play, THE SYLVIA SWING, written by Melanie Hopkins. If you’d like to see it, the video is below…
We had an R&D session on TRUMPET earlier in the year. The latest session was Digital Testing; adding the multimedia layers that bring the show to life. Plans are for a full production next year.
Coming up on November 25th in your living room – I will be in DOCTORS on BBC1. Smashing part I filmed a couple of months ago. I can’t wait to see it 🙂
So kids, that’s it for this update, stay warm and safe, vote wisely, VOTE LABOUR, and I’ll be back soon
I had a summer of horror! …..
I love a good horror – and this one kept me entertained, both through my initial reading, and creating the world for the audiobook. Feedback so far has been brilliant, so please check it out!
Here’s a little about it… mybook.to/TheDeadRoomAudible
A week before Christmas, terrorists detonate dozens of dirty bombs throughout Britain and release a man-made contagion, leading Nicola Allen to begin a frantic hunt for her husband and daughter while a nation burns.
Fleeing from a horrendous event she refuses to speak of and desperate to find shelter in a dying country, Nicola’s sister-in-law, Cate, takes cover in a partly-destroyed hospital. Terrorised by visions of mutilated bodies and the screams of phantom children, Cate joins a group of survivors, all of whom are under attack by ruthless scavengers and looters.
If Nicola is to have any chance of finding her family and if Cate is to escape from the siege, they must reunite and then descend into the belly of the ruined hospital where the horrific truth of what truly connects the two women is waiting for them.
Waiting for them down in the dead room.
Sounds good eh? Go get it now!!!! THE DEAD ROOM
And remember – both Luke and I would really appreciate any reviews you may leave anywhere!
Happy reading – and listening…..
Listen to Radio 4 over the next two weekS to catch me as one of the historic voices in Peterloo: The Massacre That Changed Britain.
A fascinating insight into a long forgotten dark slice of British history.
I add my voice to historic accounts, letters and court scenes.
That’s Friday Aug 2 & Aug 9 at 11:00 – and available on your usual catch up services.
I hope your summer is treating you well.
I’m having fun – family visits, BBQ’s…
And some interesting work projects…
I have a new Audiobook available on Audible.
Perfect Bedtime listening -if you enjoy a spooky short story
Check it out here… https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07V9J972N/…
I’ve also had a great visit to Birmingham to shoot an episode of DOCTORS.
Lot’s of fun and a very fast shoot. They really turn it around fast there.
Due to air in November. More details closer to the airdate.
And I’ve just recorded some dramatised segments for a BBC Radio 4 Documentary on the PETERLOO MASSACRE. Airs in August.
So, lot’s of ways to see or hear me.
Stay tuned, more is in the pipeline 🙂
Wow. It’s been ages since my last post. My apologies. I hope my Instagram updates and Twitter feed have kept you informed on my life in my absence.
So, it’s been over a year… Busy with life I guess. And that has involved a couple of big things… a house move last year, and a car accident just before Christmas.
I love the new house. It’s closer to Sheffield city centre and I love being able to walk into town. It’s an area of the city I didn’t really know before and I’m really enjoying walking everywhere.
As for the accident – well, I was in the middle of a multi-car motorway collision – it wrote off my car, but I walked away with only aches and pains. Car replaced and all okay.
Acting work has been slow of late (though there are a couple of very exciting things coming soon) but I’ve expanded my narration work. And my first release for Audible is now available.
So, would you like to take me to bed? Or anywhere nice and quiet so you can have me in your ears?
It’s a lovely, dark, funny and emotional collection of poetry by artist and poet Justin Aerni. It’s been a privilege to bring his words to life.
Follow the link. Justin Aerni’s Bitter Batter Brains
You know what to do…. ❤️
If you’re a reviewer, let me know, I may be able to sort out a review promo code for you.
I’ll be on the telly…. and in a video for a great indie band. More soon…
Born and bred here, I love the city. The hills, the lifestyle, and the trees – the green ribbon that brings the countryside into the city.
But as many already know, Sheffield City Council, in partnership with Amey plc, are chopping down many of our street trees as part of a controversial 25-year PFI street improvement program.
Ordinary people who campaign to save our trees are being hit with huge legal bills.
Defend the tree defenders. Stump up! is a Crowdfunder campaign to raise £27,000 for two of those tree campaigners. And I’m proud to be part of a campaign to help them. I present the Crowdfunder video, and met out two heroes on one of the threatened streets.
Please visit the Crowdfunder page and help out if you can.
Every pound is appreciated.
Local council elections are coming up soon. I have supported Labour at every election since I was a lad.
I’ve walked the streets. I’ve talked to voters.
But I cannot honestly support a Labour Council that engages in this sort of behaviour against it’s citizens.
Sheffield Councillors – Your time has come to do the right thing.
Listen to the people of Sheffield and ditch this contract with Amey!