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rekindling that relationship

This time last year I decided I was going to write a play and put it up at the Edinburgh festival. I had a vague idea of what I’d like it to be about, wrote a 4-line paragraph about it, sent it to a venue and got accepted. Yes, it was that easy. Up until […]

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#rejoice

There’s gold everywhere. Luxurious red curtains. And food. Treat food. Gluten-free spiced chocolate. Himalayan herbal tea. Organic orange juice pressed and served in individual glasses. And among all this, He sits, beatifically smiling. Big, majestuous, his palm turned upwards, golden from head to toe. Budha. Since I’ve arrived in Paris, I have missed my beloved […]

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The mediums in my life

I’ve always been curious about mediums. It always seemed so cool, this idea that you could speak with some spiritual guide and see the future. Like a real life super power. Also, how convenient. Not sure where to take your next play? Not clear on what you should do next? Not sure if spending all […]

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The Jump

Something strange has been happening. Pablo and I went skydiving on Sunday. The goal for me was to face one of my biggest fears. I didn’t do it for the fun, like most thrill seekers. I didn’t even know it was supposed to Be fun. My main motivation, and the reason why I thought most […]

6 hard-hitting theatre shows created by women… that you can see at Brighton Fringe

Women have been writing plays forever, haven’t we?  So we can’t help but feel frustrated that even though we buy, by far, the largest majority of theatre tickets out there, we are still largely underrepresented in the other side of the curtains. Here are some ‘sobering stats’ from Purple Seven’s Gender In Theatre 2015 Survey: […]

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How to be repulsive to save your life

Recently I went to an improv workshop organised by Marine Galland and Nathan Obadia about Daring. The concept was great – using improv theatre exercises to help women test their limits and practice Daring more. And that fact that it was a women-only workshop made it a bit simpler for all of us to take […]

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How to be an artist – inspiring interview with songwriter Natalie Banna

A few years ago, while I was studying for my masters degree in Physical theatre, a fellow student and I went for drinks in Embankment, London. She’s a beautiful, fierce Irish woman and I made her choose a glass of red wine with a plate of cheese over a piGuinnessuiness. I’ve never seen her drink […]

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The Very First play

True, it wasn’t the Very First One. The Very First One was in the South of France when I was 8 – and with a dozen of cousins we’d prepared a succession of acts, walking the adults from the swimming pool (choreographed jumps and dives!) to the living room (dancing-worm rendition by my 5-year-old little […]

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Feel The Fear… and Do It Anyway

There’s this famous book by Susan Jeffers called Feel The Fear… and Do It Anyway…. …that I haven’t read yet but everyone keeps raving about. And the title can’t help but resonate. I have mixed feelings about valiantly working through fear because I’ve learned in the past few years that feeling uncomfortable, un-aligned, plain stressed […]

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When 2 people show up at your party

Recently I received a text message from my sister. “The reason mum can’t find a date to celebrate her birthday is not that she can’t find a date. It’s that she’s scared of organising a party”. … which in a way is cute given that she’s about to turn 60, has 50 people in her […]