Category Archives: Acting

Proudly Messy, or: Fuck Your Conditional Mental Illness Acceptance

I’ve been having a lot of conversations recently about mental illness stigma in theatre/acting, and the steps being taken to combat it. Everyone seems to agree it’s important. But everyone is so damn obsessed with proving how ‘okay’ they are … Continue reading

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So I walked out on an audition: disability access and discrimination in acting

So last week I walked out of my first acting audition in a year and told the panel to remove my application. In theory I quit acting when I started getting enough writing work to prove a full-time job, removing … Continue reading

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van Hove’s Dutch Shakespeare and BSL: On disability, language, awkwardness, and accessibility in the arts

On Friday I watched a monologue of mine performed entirely in sign. On Sunday I watched six hours of Shakespeare performed entirely in Dutch. I am spending a year writing with disabled theatre company Graeae as part of Write to … Continue reading

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The Great Class Debate in Acting

So everyone and their mother has waded in on the Great Acting Class Debate and I guess I’ve ranted about it in my head enough to feel compelled to chip in. I was reading this Guardian article and what really … Continue reading

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‘The Neighbourhood Project’ at the Bush Theatre

For the past five months I’ve been working on a theatre production at the Bush Theatre, in which I acted and also wrote one section of the play. Below is a piece I wrote about the experience, originally posted on … Continue reading

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Do Not Write This Film

During my years as a solidly working but not very successful actress, I used to do the rounds of the film school graduation projects every spring. This meant reading dozens of student film scripts and casting breakdowns. (Not to mention … Continue reading

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