Performance skills & history
In my performance skills I like to believe I am equally good off stage as I am on. I really enjoy the focus of listening to my fellow performers and being able to react in the moment. Improv does not always have to be “funny”, it can also be poignant, emotional and tell a story. Being a nerd I’m really good at using technology in ways to either help the production of a show or be included in a show. Even if that means I have to program something myself.
Do get in touch if you want to talk to me about any of the following:
- Public speaking
- Voice over
- Compere/Toast Master
- Improvised theatre
- Devised theatre
Jan 2019 - Present - Rough Sketch Podcast
Since I re-embrace the performing side of my personality I wanted to create a podcast that involved an element of improvisation in it and that is how Rough Sketch was born. I set a goal of putting one episode out per month and during my first year I was lucky enough to get quite a few guests scheduled in so I put out more episodes than originally scheduled.
I put a lot of work into this project. I schedule the guests, edit the audio and update the majority of the social media and love doing it.
March 2021 - The Documentary
The Documentary is an Improv form created by Billy Merritt at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2002. I learned about it via a course held by The Nursery Theatre. After I took the course I really wanted to get a team together to make an Online show of it using Zoom. It took a few months of working through the format with a team of players before we performed our first live show to an audience of around 40 people. We hope to continue to play with the format and put the show on again. You can catch up with when the next performance will be via the dedicated Twitter account.
December 2020 - Deconstruction Showcase
As part of a six week programme learning this format I ended up appearing in the Deconstruction Showcase with The Nursery Theatre. I had never heard of this format before but I’m always eager to look into more formats of Improv. The format was taught by the wonderful Jen Rowe and at the end of it we performed as a live Facebook event which was recorded. You can currently see the recording on the Nursery Theatre Facebook page.
July 2019 - Origin of Heroes
This production was my Improv directorial debut and put on as part of the Unscripted Players Big July Show. I had the idea that you could create a show where we improvise the creation of the hero origin story. It was a cast of six and we rehearsed for 8 weeks to find good ways to put the various beats of the show together.
Each week I would choose a few Improv based activities to warm up and then focus on versions of a particular beat to give the players the tools they need.
During the show I played the part of the “narrator”, taking on the name Lee Stanley a play on words of the late great Stan Lee. My job was to introduce the cast, take the suggestions from the audience and every now and then re-cap the story to help the players know where to focus.
I aim to hopefully put together a plan to take this show on the road and hit the Edinburgh Fringe.
April 2019 - The Stuff of Dreams
The Stuff of Dreams was Directed by Catherine Murphy and put on as part of the Unscripted Players Big April Show. It’s aim was to explore the messages that can be contained within our dreams. Scenes would take place in either the dream world where we could use tools like Scene Painting to make anything happen. Our job as players was to take the elements that appeared in the Dream world and weave them into the narrative story.
July 2018 - What a Difference A Friend Makes
What a Difference A Friend Makes was Directed by Llaura Hughes and put on as part of the Unscripted Players Big July Show. It was a narrative piece and aimed to explore the relationships we make in our journey through life and the things that our friends do that enhance our lives.
February 2017 - Bar Wotever
My venture into queer cabaret. I have written some odd poetry in the past and every now and then I like to unleash it onto the world. Bar Wotever is a club/cabaret night that usually takes place in Vauxhall (London) but they did a small tour and held a three night stint in Bristol and I was glad to be part of it.