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I saw this today and it made me chuckle!

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Rainy Treats

There’s something about the rain that always makes me want to stay at home and read a book.

It’s raining here today and I’ve just been thinking how I haven’t picked up a book in yonks as I’ve been so busy this summer with work.

So my laptop is being switched off and I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon reading this:

Keris kindly sent me a copy a few weeks ago – and I started it and absolutely loved it, then I got thrown in to summer school’s and shows with work and had no time to pick it back up.
I’m going to start again, right from the very beginning and give it the attention it deserves.  I can’t wait.

You can get a copy here   and it’s only £3.69 if you order it from Amazon now – which is amazing.

Friday Three

There are loads of things that inspire me that I love.  I’m going to list my top three things every week – for fun!

BLAZERS
I totally love blazers and especially LOVE this one Kristen Stewart is wearing.  I REALLY want it!

PATTERN NAILS
I LOVE pattern nails (especially love the butterfly one in this pic)  Painting my nails always brightens my day.


THE HILLS

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with The Hills and the lives of Lauren, Heidi, Whitney and Audrina.  I love the arguments, the fashion and the backdrop of Hollywood.

 

 

Remember Me?!

I’m shocked that it’s almost a whole year since I blogged.  SHOCKING!
I really have missed blogging and so, I’m back… properly.

What have I done since my last post?

Err, well – I broke my wrist, left my day job, moved the business forwards and we finally moved in to our own studio and office.  I’ve been in one play and produced  three, two of which I wrote!

That’s it in a nutshell.  It’s been pretty busy, but I’ve enjoyed this year, so far.

 

Show Choir

So, I’m a fan of Glee.  (Although I’ve only seen the first series because I’m never in to watch TV and neeeeed Sky Plus.)
I love anything musical and camp.  So I’m delighted to have launched a Show Choir class for Elite Talent Theatre School.

We launched the class tonight.  Hannah and Gemma who teach the class are AMAZING.
They asked if I wanted to join in, and I declined.  However, halfway through I wished I’d have said yes, the class was brilliant.

I took some pics of the group.  They looked like they were enjoying it and I can’t wait to see what next week brings.

Desk Envy

Isn’t this desk beautiful?  I’ve fallen in love with it.  I found it on this site.  And if Anis is reading this, I would LOVE it when we move house! REALLY love it!

Speaking of writing, now that I’m off work for two weeks, I’m going to get lots done.  I have two plays to finish CHAPERONES and HIM.  I also need to finish my book A GUY CALLED PIG before my agent forgets I exist.

If only I had a desk like this to write on *sigh*

Summer Summed Up

How’s your summer been?

I know, I know – I’ve not posted anything for yonks, well the whole of the summer if we’re going to get picky.

Here’s my summer in a nutshell.

Day job – worked a million hours.  It’s just been horrible busy and not one part of it did I enjoy.  Except for giggles with the people I work with.

Make Believe – the play I co-wrote with Luke Walker got chosen as one of ten plays for his years 24:7 theatre festival. So I was juggling rehearsing in the day and day job at night.  It actually almost finished me off!
The play went really well though. We had fabulous audiences, great feedback and came joint 3rd for best play voted by the audience and also Equity awarded us 3rd best play.

The festival week was just chaos. We were determined to watch all the other plays, which we managed and so if we weren’t performing we were watching.  Met some fantastic people and felt really proud and honored to be a part of a fantastic festival.

I’m now an agent for kids and teens, I’m so thrilled.  Spent a couple of weekends auditioning some fantastic kids and meeting lovely, supportive parents.  Elite Talent Theatre School – my new business was set up and launched.  So happy that the Zion Centre have given us a home.  The adult class is bursting with people and the kids and teens classes have launched really well.  Got so many things planned for this Autumn.

My adult drama class had a summer school over the summer and performed TEECHERS by John Godber, which I directed.  They performed it to a SOLD OUT audience at the Taurus Bar, Manchester.  They were amazing and I’m still beaming with pride.

Squeak, the cat we were looking after (we thought she was a stray, but had a home – although not a good one).  Well she was really old and sadly died in our garden a couple of weeks ago.  We were left devastated.  Bubbles sadly saw her through the window and was also in mourning for a few days.  It’s been horrible.  She was a beautiful cat and we loved her, even though she wasn’t ours.

So it’s been a bit of a full-on summer.  Anis and I were hoping for a holiday, but no chance.
The fence blew down and other bits of bills came at once. So we’re having two weeks off as of tonight when I finish work. We’re going to have lots of day trips, although I’m not sure where we’re going, but we’ll be going somewhere!

The Gallery: Emotions

If you’re unsure what The Gallery is, go to the fab blog by Sticky Fingers.
This weeks is Emotions. I was going to talk about how I get emotional looking at old photos etc, but actually wanted to share this picture as it sums up the word emotions to me.

This was the final curtain call for my play BATTERED EGOS.  I’m on the left!I’ve been writing and producing plays for years and it means everything to me – but this was one of my toughest projects yet.
I’d had a lot of upset in my personal life and really struggled to write the play.  I’d already cast it and the theatre was booked, it got to a point where I sat the actors down and tried to tell them I was cancelling the whole thing – but they were so supportive to me and they so wanted to do the play, I just couldn’t not do it.

They really understood and were happy to wait a bit longer for the script.  The script I just couldn’t write as my brain was somewhere else.  I finally locked myself in to my room and forced myself to write it.  I was still printing the script minutes before I was due to meet them for our first rehearsal.

Rehearsing the play took my mind off other things and we had a great time and lots of giggles along the way.
As this picture was taken on our final curtain call, I remember feeling so happy and proud at how far I’d come in the space of a couple of months – they play got 5 star reviews and my personal life was slowly getting back to normal, I was happy and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my friends standing by my side.

This picture means a lot to me.

Aww, I’m welling up now!

My Fourteen Year Old Self

So… where I work in the day sees many ‘celebs’ coming through the door.  It’s not something I care too much about… but – can you imagine my delight when on a very busy, horrible shift  a guy who I just happened to have a MAJOR crush on when I was fourteen walked in.

He’s still as BEAUTIFUL as ever, we’re of similar age – but I’m not going to tell you who it is!

He comes in lots now and we chat whilst I’m serving him and he’s really lovely.  I said a joke to him the other day and he actually belly laughed.  It was only when he walked out that I thought, imagine if my fourteen year old self could have seen this moment…

Phew

Another long, hot day.  I didn’t teach tonight. Instead the class had a lovely teacher called Sarah.  I think it’s good for them to have a mix of people teaching them.  I had to go to my studio to open it up, and it felt so strange walking out and leaving them to their class. Hope everyone enjoyed.

Tomorrow is a huge day for me.  My kids and teens classes are launching.  This has been such a long time coming, I’m so excited.

Anis has been home with Bubbles all day.  She’s been a bit sick today and I’m just thankful he’s been home to look after her.

I came home to a lovely meal and we ate it in the warm back garden with a cold beer.  Perfect!