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[UPDATED] Disability: Jayne’s Turning Point

UPDATE 26/03/2016: Neurosurgeons have suggested Jayne have a neuro stimulator inserted in her occipital nerve, which if successful will reduce the head pain.

Jayne Dickinson

Lover of all things creative. Write to play xxx

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[UPDATED] Disability: Nick’s Turning Point

UPDATE 26/03/2016: Neurosurgeons have suggested Jayne have a neuro stimulator inserted in her occipital nerve, which if successful will reduce the head pain.

Nicholas Waters

Actor. Singer

Barman. Barista. Mixologist. Waiter. Teacher. Facilitator. Kitchen Porter. Shop assistant. Office runner. Production runner. Usher. Office boy. Bookseller. Events organiser. Cook. Labourer. Landscape gardener. Maitre D. Box packer. Box unpacker. Backpacker…Alpacca?

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The Pros & Cons of Claiming FUNemployment Benefits

When I moved back to London in February last year, I bloody loved being funemployed. I got to explore London, see all my friends I hadn’t seen in months/years, go to the theatre, cinema, go on nights out. I truly was a lady of leisure and I was having the best time. It was fun.

Journal, Muggle Life|
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Didn’t train? Get that Chip Off Your Shoulder

Didn’t train? Get that chip off your shoulder…

As we all know, knockbacks are hard to take and as much as we don’t like to admit it, they do take a toll. So sometimes, after the initial ecstasy and immense satisfaction of getting a job, the panic sets in. What if I’m not good enough? I probably wasn’t their first choice…what if my name was really similar to the person that they actually wanted…but now they’ve got me!? I can’t speak for anyone else but I spend almost every day leading up to the job in a mild (major) state of panic and self doubt worrying that it was all a mistake and that I am in fact not what they wanted at all.

Grace Hogg-Robinson

Actress hailing from a very small hamlet, known by friends for being clumsy and overly enthusiastic, known by strangers (that watch daytime TV) for being a sassy goth. Sometimes found selling sweets, sometimes found talking to herself…ah well, we’re all mad here.

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The Anonymous Actor: Day Ones

This arrived from the Anonymous Actor yesterday. No introduction. No explanation…

Day One

How best to make a blog post out of this pretty succinct idea? How best to stretch the number of words to make it worthwhile publishing outside of a 140 character mental bulletin?

I’ll just use far more than 140 characters and hope for the best.

The Anonymous Actor

The Anonymous Actor is an actor who was asked first to be interviewed, then to write a blog. Now he wants to remain 100% anonymous. What do you mean “I said ‘he'”? Oh, yes, I see. He’s a he. I can tell you that much. All else is shrouded in mystery. And anger. Mostly anger.

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“Oh, you’re a writer now… ?”

People like to categorize, it makes them feel safe.

Wait, not “them” – I mean ‘us’. We ALL do it to help us feel safe. Categorizing in this sort of way is the first thing we do in order to find common ground when meeting new people:

Alun Saunders

Sometimes Actor, sometimes Writer; always Husband, always Dad.
Thanks to his parents’ encouragement towards the Welsh language and musical instruments, Alun has managed to work as an Actor in between MCing Welsh Banquets for visiting tourists. He now knows how to say ‘Cheers’ in over 24 languages. Iechyd da!

Industry, Journal|
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Unrequited Love: Why Does Acting Hate Me?

Unrequited love happened to me when I was 14 and I’d never suffered such unjust agony before. It seemed impossible that the recipient of my infatuation would barely register when I came into the room. The total indifference was made all the more torturous by alarmingly sporadic, very occasional, incredibly minor – glimmers of hope. A smile. A friendly hug. A ‘how are you?’ became the axis upon which my world could spin or stick.

A.N. Actor

Sometimes someone submits a blog and requests that it be published anonymously. This is not *The* Anonymous Actor, just someone who wishes not to be identified.

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Does this mean I’m an Actor now?

Cutting a long, tedious, life story short, I spent four years studying a Masters at a red brick university only to discover, on its completion, that at the age of twenty-two, I still wanted to be an actor.

I avoided drama school at eighteen to pursue the route of a middle of the road arts degree that I would eventually convert to law; make the parents proud and maybe make a ton of money; you know, the usual fools errand of a reasonably smart individual who has no idea what to do with his life…

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Hey Diddly Digs: Touring, Egg-stained T-shirts, and Turds in the Cupboard

I have never been good at finding digs. The first time I went on tour I often shared with one of my cast mates who was much more organised and worldly than I was. One night we turned up in what soon became clear was a room in a violent pub in the Badlands of Salford. As the wind howled outside and drunken customers shouted in the corridors we kept a watchful eye on our bedroom door like prime candidates for victims in a horror film.

Susan Harrison

Susan has done Telesales & lived to tell the tale. She is obsessed with Comedy & The Gilmore Girls in equal measure. She once learnt how to improvise in the style of a Haruki Murakami novel, which tells you all you need to know about her business sense.

Humour, Journal|
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The Rocking 50s: Becoming an actor later in life

I remember plucking up the courage to phone a couple of drama schools when I was thirty-six. Both told me over the phone that I was too old. So I let it go. Then, in my forties, I became an extra, thinking it might be a way into acting. It certainly isn’t, but I learned a lot and had some great experiences. I was in my fifties when I got accepted on a two year full-time training at drama school.

Kathy Trevelyan

Ex teacher, community worker and European organiser (whatever that means). Current day job as a tour guide. Mum, grandma. Gets all worked up about politics and yells on demonstrations. Loves family, friends, the cat, good food, travel, music, books and, of course, theatre.

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