I have been a volunteer for Interact Stroke Support since 2007 at the National Neurology Hospital in London and at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. We are made up of teams of professional actors who read to stroke patients to aid their recovery.
You can read about the organisation HERE
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of the pandemic, we’ve had to suspend our hospital visits for a while. Interact decided instead to provide some online service for patients who are back at home and different actors were chosen to read some of their favourite pieces. I chose Sea Fever by John Masefield. I thought that the noise of the seagulls where I live would add an authentic feel to the poem.
You can see me reading it here, as well as some very famous actors reading their favourite stories too: HERE
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (Link)
This play by Anders Lustgarten takes Elizabeth I’s spymaster Francis Walsingham as its subject and explores how he was the original creator of government surveillance. Directed by Justin Audibert (The Jew of Malta, RSC 2015 & Flare Path No.1 tour) we workshopped the play at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, culminating in a rehearsed reading. I played Elizabeth I and also Frances, Walsingham’s daughter and wife of Sir Philip Sidney.
Lightbox Theatre (Link)
Following my work on the development piece BATTERSEA STORIES in November 2014 I was delighted to be cast in the ensemble of the full site-specific production of BATTERSEA ODYSSEY for Lightbox Theatre and directed by Jo Turner. I play Carly who runs the caff on the corner of York Road in Battersea and tells the audience about the neighbourhood spirit and what Battersea was like in the 80’s before gentrification. I also doubled as Emma a yummy mummy who is new to the area, having moved there because of the easy commute to her job at Google in Victoria. The production worked its way around the Katherine Low Settlement (inside and outside) and took in the different groups that are resident there as well as various different local sights. The piece used verbatim material gathered and edited by Emma Faulkner. It was extraordinary to be visited by our ‘real life’ selves!
You can watch footage from the show here