Acting

I started acting at school from the age of 10 and have rarely stopped since!

From 1983 to 1988 I studied speech and drama with the actor Anthony Carrick, his wife Julie and their daughter Joanna, now of Red Rose Chain Theatre Company and was entered, by them, into many drama festivals around Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In 1986 I became South Suffolk Public Speaking Champion and at the end of my time with the Carrick family I had achieved LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Gold Medal qualifications in both Acting and Verse and Prose speaking.

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In 1986 I joined the Wolsey Youth Theatre and was a prominent member of the group, acting in musicals and straight plays until 1989. I also did some professional work as an extra on stage at the Wolsey Theatre.

After leaving school I acted with many local Amateur Dramatic groups over the next 10 years including the Kesgrave Masque Players, the Rushmere Players and the Ipswich Shakespeare Project where I played the part of Emilla in their 1994 production of Othello at the Northgate Arts Centre.

I was a member of the Comedy Choc Box team of original comedy writers and performers on ICR (Ipswich Community Radio) and after three series of their comedy show this led to a live show of their "best bits" at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich.

In 2000 I joined Two Rivers Theatre Company and I have acted in plays as diverse as Twelfth Night, Noises Off, Educating Rita, Outside Edge and 'Allo 'Allo. I took a short break from the group in 2009/2010 to have my boy but returned in 2011 with their sell out production of Blood Brothers as Mrs Johnson. Later that year I fulfilled an acting dream by playing the iconic Beverly in Mike Leigh's 1970's classic Abigail's Party in another sell out run.

calendargirlsIn September 2012 Two Rivers embarked on their most ambitious project yet when the amateur rights for Tim Firth's Calendar Girls were released. I played Annie (played by Julie Walters in the film) and with 5 other brave ladies we bared, almost, all on stage to packed audiences and raised money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, EACH (East Anglia Children's Hospice) and, with the sale of a Calendar Girls style calendar of the cast and crew, St Elizabeth Hospice. Of all the acting I've done over the years this was my proudest moment as I had used my love of the theatre to help raise nearly £4000 for those charities.

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