Home at the beginning of the month from panto in New Brighton - my 14th season playing
Dame (6th year for UK Productions);
It was a lot of fun this year - lovely theatre, fantastic cast, and great audiences.
Nipped away for a quick week in the sun (although Lanzarote wasn’t quite as warm
and sunny as it has been in past years) and then started worrying about a getting
some work for the year. Luckily I had “Guys & Dolls” lined up for June, but there
was five months to fill first. Or so I thought…
A week after coming back from holiday I got a phone call from
Ray Cooney offering me a part in his farce, “Two Into One”.
Thrilled to be working with Ray again (and
other friends in the cast) - and I love
The Chocolate Factory! (Even if it doesnt
actually produce chocolate anymore.)
TWO INTO ONE AT MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
BYE BYE LISTER
Well I’d known since November, but didn't want to say anything until the new Market
Inspector, Aleks Shirov took over my job on the Bridge Street Market; unfortunately
I wasn't available to shoot leaving scenes as I was up in New Brighton rehearsing
I originally went into the soap for three episodes that went out in January 2008,
and ended up staying for 6 years, during which time I met some lovely people, had
a lot of fun and a few really good storylines.
…and the Specsavers ad was back on TV in January too.
I was ensconced in Runyonland from the end of June to the end of September; it was
a wonderful company and I had a great time (loved living in my campervan down in
Chichester - although the 6 mile cycle into work and back after the show got harder
as the run went on).