Attended Drayton Manor High school, West London, Alumni | Drayton Manor and The Questors which became my local haunt all throughout my teens. For me, as a thirteen-year- old, it was the cradle of improvisation, only ever matched, on reflection so many, many, many years later, by George Pensotti at The City Lit, London, City Lit: London. At the Questors Theatre, we were already exposed to Stanislavski Brecht, Uta Hagen and the like.
Ordinary suburban education was just that. So after Drayton, I attended FEDAS, (Film, English Drama and Arts Studies ‘A’ Levels), at West Thames College, (Formerly Hounslow Borough College), which felt like ‘Fame’ without the dancing on the tables, forever swooning at Rufus Sewell who was in the second year.
I did some further drama training; both short and brief. The ‘Trauma’ Centre, before it moved from Chalk Farm, NW London, and Arts Educational Schools London: ArtsEd. A combination of funding difficulties and illness hampered completion of the latter.
Worked for Spectrum drama spectrum drama based at the Science Museum, London. Co-writing scripts to performance. I loved working for Spectrum. It incorporated everything I love: research, improvisation, devising, writing scripts and performance. Working with museum curators, keen to showcase their departments, we created shows from scratch, sometimes bridging very difficult concepts to our artistic interpretation. We covered social, natural, scientific histories- not all horrible, much of it awe-inspiring.
Also The Globe Children’s Theatre and Shakespeare co.Globe Theatre Company | About Us A fabulous theatre company, still going strong.
Became an agent for a co-operative theatrical agency.
Small bits in TV. Was on course to be the face of a major TV advertisement for a well-known international airline… alas, eventually debuting as the face of… the cutting room floor.
Weaving in and out of all of this was my contribution to small, experimental theatre projects. Small and numerous being the key words.
Saw a little bit of the world. Wish I had taken more photos. Tut.
Marriage, two children, many years on, a bit more of the world and almost three hundred miles away from my home town, and a couple more smaller theatre projects later, I co-wrote on a much larger show with a fantastic writer and director, Derek Webb, http://www.derekwebb.co.uk/welcome.html that became pivotal to my next move once we had finished. It gave me the push and the confidence to write my first novel. So thankful for that experience and to top it off, I’m writing in a beautiful part of the world, the West coast of Wales, which is a writer’s paradise.
My idea for a novel began to take shape, October 2011, so I set to work, met n amazing creative writing tutor and author, Judith Barrow, Writer & Author | Judith Barrow who gave me such invaluable, practical advice, guidance and support, and still continues to, this very day.
One day I shall play the piano, hopefully, as beautifully as my children.