The year so far has been packed with a variety of really rewarding work. After getting over the excitement of my December trip to Hong Kong and China (where I managed to scale the Great Wall…just!) I came home to start rehearsals for the national tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. It’s now in its 67th year in the West End so directing a new production felt like being part of a bit of theatre history. I have a terrific cast of experienced and young actors and a great technical team. The show opened in Guildford at the end of January and is playing to packed and enthusiastic audiences all over the UK.
The day after getting Ms. Christie’s play up and running I travelled to Swansea to launch Rhodri Miles in a new production of my own solo play, Shylock. He’s already performed the play in Welsh to great acclaim in Wales and now English audiences are getting to see his really excellent performance.
Just reached the end of my audiobook recording of Henry James’ 900 page novel The Tragic Muse for Naxos. A tough nut to crack but with the help of my exemplary producer, John Foley, we made it.
My teaching module on Solo performing at BADA takes me into March, when serious rehearsals begin with Gerard Logan for his one-man show: Night Terrors – our dramatisation of E.F. Benson’s gloriously spooky tales of the supernatural.
Rohan McCullough and I then reunite to work on her late husband’s terrific play about Winston’s Churchill’s wife, My Darling Clemmie. We’re booked into the Assembly Rooms in George Street Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe in August. Last time we did it there the show sold out before we even opened. Here’s hoping history repeats itself!