Very pleased to announce that the Reach Out Reporter series, which I provided some of the narration for, has won it’s first award!
At the recent Education Resource Awards the series won the award for Best Free Educational Resource!
You can read more about the win here.
Reach Out Reporter has already been nominated for some other high profile industry awards, so hopefully there’ll be some more good news about those in the coming months.
Recently I played Mr Mopsy, a very worried rabbit, for a series of short films for Dynamic Earth about climate change.
Things are changing on the Isle of May. It’s up to some young puffins to interview the island’s inhabitants and find out what’s going on!
You can see the film here:
Late last year I narrated several short science-based educational films for Tigtag and Imperial College London‘s Reach Out Reporter series.
Created through a partnership between Tigtag and Imperial College London, Reach Out Reporter is an online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning. Reach Out Reporter engages primary school children with the wonders of the world around them using high-quality films and other learning resources. The service is updated weekly with new content and is available free of charge to all primary school teachers across the UK.
Most of the films are up on the Reach Out Reporter website. But you can also view a terrific polar bear film I narrated here!
In January I was back in Varese in Italy, working with a group of kids and adults from The Benvenuto Players.
We spent the weekend devising a piece of theatre entirely from scratch. By giving the group various stimuli (including objects, images and sounds) they created over an hour’s worth of work which we showcased to friends and family on the final night.
As always I was so impressed by the commitment and passion (and inventiveness) of the group to create a mad but entertaining piece of theatre!
I’ll be back in Varese in late February running so more workshops for them, I can’t wait!!
I’m very excited and pleased to say that I have now joined the books of Stiven Christie Management.
The agency has been running for over thirty years, and represents actors throughout Scotland as well as in London.
I’m really looking forward to working with my new agent Dougie Stiven.
You can find out more at www.stivenchristie.co.uk
“Darkest Before Dawn“, the piece by Jennifer Adam I performed recently for The National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre Festival, The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Show is now available to view on line. And you can view it here:
Darkest Before Dawn
Over the next couple of weeks I will be teaching stage fighting.
Already I spent Monday running a stage fighting workshop for Bo’ness Academy and assisting with choreographing the fight scenes for their upcoming production of “West Side Story”.
The pupils all responded really well to the workshop and we were able to create something really exciting for their show.
Next week I’ll be in Thurso with Joel Mason, assisting in a weekend of workshops for the Thurso Players. This will include hand to hand combat and sword fighting, which we’ll work into an extract from Joel’s pirate musical “Mary of the High Seas” to perform for their friends and family.
As well as having assisted Joel in other stage fighting and sword fighting workshops, I have also taught stage fighting to schools and theatre groups throughout Italy and Switzerland for the past four years.
Let me know if you’d be interested in having a stage fighting workshop for your school or theatre group and I’d be more than happy to do it!
Last Sunday I performed Jen Adam’s new play “Darkest Before Dawn“, as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s “The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Show”
The aim of the event is for various theatre makers throughout Scotland to each create a five minute piece of theatre which will stimulate debate on Scotland’s upcoming independence referendum.
“Darkest Before Dawn” is about a couple sitting , waiting to hear the result. But as they sit there they realise there might be a more important results than the vote…
We performed the piece as part of an event at The Damascus Drum cafe in Hawick, organised by the fantastic local theatre company Firebrand Theatre
You can also watch the play on The National Theatre of Scotland’s website here, as part of a 24 hour webcast of all the theatre pieces, from 5pm on 23rd June.
You can also read a blog post by National Theatre of Scotland about the Hawick event here.
Last week I worked with the team from Mallard Productions on short film “Defeatist”.
The film was made as part of the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project, an international competition where filmakers are given just 48 hours to make a movie from scratch.
Our film went really well and received great feedback at its screening at The Cameo cinema a few days later. The team are now planning on submitting “Defeatist” to film festivals around the world, so hopefully more people will get to see this excellent little film!
Last week Peapod Productions gave a private performance of “Passing Through” at The Scottish Parliament to MSPs, Parliament staff, friends and guests.
There were several MSPs and staff in the audience the audience including Clare Adamson MSP (our sponsor) and Fiona Hyslop MSP (Culture Secretary).
“Passing Through” has now finished it’s UK tour and will head to Italy and Switzerland in June!