Happy Easter everyone,
I am writing this on Good Friday at Malta airport on my way home after 4 days examining. it is 20° and clear blue skies but I’m heading back to something cooler!
Well, it has been a very busy, but also exciting month as you will see and I think I will have to start by saying “SHE COULD BE DOROTHY!!!”
Now, if you haven’t been watching BBC1 on Saturday nights you won’t have a clue what I mean so I had better explain.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has another hunt for a leading lady – this time it’s for Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and I’m delighted to tell you that one of my former students has got through to the last 10 from over 9,000 applicants. She was with me for 11 years before going to the Guildford School of Acting to do a degree in Musical Theatre on a full scholarship in 2006.
She graduated last year and I had the pleasure of seeing her play Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ at the Curve, Leicester over Christmas. Her name is Lauren Samuels so keep an eye on her – we’re sure she’ll go far and stands a great chance of winning if you all vote for her too!
Out of the 31 days in March I had specific business events on 22 days and on 5 more I was working with some of my private clients so you will not need to be a mathematical genius to see that I only had 2 days off! This is how the diary went…
Monday 1st – Speaking at ‘The Business Club’ Leicester for an event with about 40 members attending.
Thursday 4th – Exhibiting at the ‘Women in Business’ event at Pride park Stadium, Derby. Speakers included the founder of Green & Blacks chocolate and Rosemary Conley (of fitness and diet fame)
Saturday 6th – Judging at the Bromley festival.
Monday 8th – Full day bespoke workshop for 12 commissioners at Coventry City Council on using the voice in business and more effective presentation skills.
Tuesday 9th – Judging at the Chipping Norton festival.
Thursday 11th – Full day open workshop at Solihull for ‘Dynamic Speaking‘ with filmed presentations.
Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th – Judging at the Woodley Festival, Berks.
Monday 15th to Friday 19th – examining at Stamford, lincs.
Saturday 20th – Judging at Bromley festival.
Tuesday 23rd – Full day ‘Voice Matters‘ workshop at the Leicester Marriott.
Wednesday 24th – Speaking at the Institute of Will Writers AGM & Conference at the Belfry Hotel, Sutton Coldfield. The after lunch ‘light relief’ slot!
Thursday 25th – Meetings with 2 major Leicestershire companies who are interested in bespoke workshops for their staff. Hopefully you will hear more about this in the months to come.
Friday 26th – Speaking at a ladies lunch at the Grosvenor Casino, B’ham on ‘How to be vocal in a man’s world’! Good fun.
Saturday 27th – Back to Bromley again.
Sunday 28th – Flying from heathrow to Malta for LAMDA. O.K. I accept that a ‘gig’ in Malta is not too bad and I have enjoyed some lovely walks in the late afternoon along the promenade at Sliema where I was based. As I could not get back on the 1st when I finished I had most of a day to unwind and try out the roof-top sun deck with infinity pool so I’m not complaining. Just a bonus and I’m looking forward to a few days off over Easter. let’s hope the weather is good enough to get out in the fresh air.
My little granddaughter, Evie (who arrived on 1st January), had now grown from a birth weight of 5lb 10 onz to 9lbs and I can’t wait to see her again. I was told by so many people that being a grandmother would change my life and it has – after Easter I have put a line through quite a few days in my diary when work will take a back seat. For a workaholic like me that is a big step!
I have, however, got a couple of projects in mind over the summer. Printing a book of voice tips, doing a number of video clips on aspects of voice training for my website (via Utube) and directing a play at the local theatre! It’s a while since I’ve done one so I’m looking forward to getting back into theatrical mode. I’ll tell you more about it later in the year.
Well, I think that’s quite enough for now. To go back to my opening story – you can find out more about Lauren on the BBC website here where she has been kind enough to credit her work with me at my drama school. I’ll be crossing my fingers on Saturday night.
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