“Be Extraordinary”

Happy Summer one and all…!

(If Summer is the correct name for whatever Season we are currently experiencing.)

What a delightfully DREARY day it is! Can you BELIEVE it’s July? JULY?!!! It really does feel like a miserable winter evening. Having said that, the sun did manage to break through the clouds for a moment or two this morning and I actually stopped in the middle of the street to bask in it’s lovelyness. It then began to rain. On a side note – I went to Spitalfields today and suddenly had the idea that I’d like to purchase some old theatre seats (much to my housemates horror). So if anyone knows of any lying around, do please get in touch. If all goes wrong with Poleroid, I can then put on plays for my own amusement in the comfort of my living-room you see…

Sorry it’s been rather a while since my last post, I’ve had rather a manic week – mainly due to the fact that I have been snowed under reading all the new plays we’ve been sent…! I feel honoured to have the chance to read such super writing! It has given me the opportunity to hide away from the awful weather and read read read! I never realised until now, how time-consuming this activity is! Luckily, I’ve found the perfect place up my road to settle down and do so – it has some very comfy arm-chairs & excellent music too so I really can’t complain.

That’s all I can say on that subject so far, but trust, once we’ve found the right play, you shall most certainly know about it.

Poleroid 2013 is set to be an epic one!

Please do keep sending in submissions to me at: poleroidtheatre@hotmail.co.uk

We had a very exciting morning yesterday (Wednesday 11th July), as we made our way down to a South-West London studio (location to remain secret we were told) to make our first appearance Live on the Radio!!! (There’s a first for everything..!!) Myself, Adam Reeves (Breakout dir.) and Christian Walker (Producer) were interviewed by the lovely Joasia Tapson for her Arts & Culture show on local network ON FM (101.4 FM every Wednesday at 10am). It was the earliest I’ve had to be up for a while, but we had a lovely time chatting away about Poleroid past and present and the very exciting future we have lined up! We even got a cheeky photo to prove it! (Sorry Christian, it’s not the best of you…)

 I have also had my very first Article published! I should explain: I was recently asked to write a little piece about Poleroid for the Actors Centre London website, with some helpful (and I use that word tentatively) tips for anyone wishing to set up their own company as I have done. I know I don’t have much experience yet and I certainly have a hell of a lot more to learn (which I think I am most certainly going to realise over the next year as we embark on our 2013 project), but I thought I’d impart whatever knowledge I have gained so far in the hope it may be of use to some of you! I’ve popped the link below if you’d like to have a read… No pressure…

Click To Read My Article.

Finally, I’d like to share with you the cracking theatre I’ve had the pleasure of viewing this last week.

Firstly, I saw Last Of The Haussmans at the National Theatre. The first thing that struck me about this production was it’s beautiful scenery! I won’t spoil it for anyone who is planning on seeing it, but I was sat in the front row and could see only too well the amount of detail which had gone into the design of this production and creation of the Haussman family home – where the play is set. It is truly fantastic to witness – as most productions at the NT are. I rarely see a play that I find hard to critise acting-wise, but I can honestly say that all six members of the cast were excellent, lead by the wonderful Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory. I have seen various plays staring Kinnear – notably last year’s NT production of Hamlet – but never have I seen him play such a character as this! Hilarious, dark and utterly hopeless – a rather telling vision of the future of todays youth I thought. This was the first time I’d seen Helen McCrory perform on stage and I thought she was captivating. A brilliantly raw performance I aspire to! However, despite the cast keeping me totally hooked on the play throughout, the subject matter itself didn’t pack a particular punch…

Secondly, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Gala performance and after-party of Birthday at the Royal Court. A rather… odd play to say the least! Particularly enjoyable performance by Stephen Mangan (I’m a big fan of Episodes) but other than it’s unusual subject matter, the one act play didn’t leave me gagging for more and seemed a little messy at times. The Court did provide a great after party though – cupcakes and all – which I attended with my lovely Actor friend Joshua Bradshaw.

Enough of my blabbing! I need to get back to all this reading..!

I’ll just leave you with a quote which I heard this week and thought was rather poignant…

“The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
 Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
Walt Whitman
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