I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Friday, 15 April 2011

Caroline Hardman singing Hungry Sea

A Stage Kindly made a video of the April Revue at the Kings Head.  Here is footage of the wonderful Caroline Hardman making her stage debut singing HUNGRY SEA from our Pre-Raphaelite musical play POSSESSED.  This is one of the ballads sung by the lead character of the show - Jane - wife of William Morris and lover of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  After turning a blind eye to Jane's relationship with Rossetti, Topsy (William Morris) can no longer cope with it and gives Jane an ultimatum.  All her hopes and fears come pouring out in this song.

The imagery comes from the Tristan and Isolde legend.  The artists have been working on a series of stained glass windows based on the legend, which has begun to infect their lives.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

The April Revue

Steve and I had a really fun evening at A Stage Kindly's April Revue at the Kings Head on Thursday.  It was a packed house and lots of supportive friends came along.  Adam Spreadbury-Maher, the artistic director, was not to be seen, but I was told this was because he was having a crisis at his other venue The Cock Tavern which has had to close in the middle of a season.  However, I did get a chance to talk to James Hadley from the Arts Council, James Haddrell from Greenwich Theatre and lovely Kate Western, who I had interviewed at an MMD  evening about agents, and had come along on behalf of two of her American clients.

Caroline Hardman sang Hungry Sea really beautifully and it was very well received.  She has a charismatic stage presence, and I hope to see a lot more of her on stage when she finishes drama school.  Katy Lipson really had her work cut out for her with the myriad of styles of songs throughout the evening, and was absolutely brilliant on the piano!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

April Revue at the Kings Head Tonight!

Steve and I are going to the Kings Head tonight to see Caroline Hardman sing our song HUNGRY SEA as part of A Stage Kindly's April Revue.  It starts at 10pm and promises to be an exciting evening of new international songs!

Time of My Life at Watford Palace Theatre

Marion Bailey (Laura), Gregory Gudgeon  (the Waiter) and Craig Fletcher (Adam),  in Time of My Life

Steve and I were invited to the press night of TIME OF MY LIFE at Watford Palace Theatre on Monday.  Brigid Larmour's new production of Alan Ayckbourn's brilliantly funny, acerbic play is a theatrical tour de force!  Anne Morley-Priestman at Whatsonstage has given the production a well deserved five stars.

Premiered in 1992 at Ayckbourn's Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, this lesser known Ayckbourn has been given a new lease of life in Brigid Larmour's seamlessly directed production with a fantastic cast and clever jagged geometric set designed by Ruari Murchison.

Opening at a family birthday party, held for Laura, the viciously selfish mother (played to perfection by Marion Bailey), the play is set in a restaurant, with a lower level which appears to have been broken apart.  On this lower level scenes between the younger members of the family play out - moving forward and backwards in time leading to and from this bitingly funny family party.  The father, Gerry, played by Paul Bentall appears to be a self satisfied businessman but slowly the cracks in his life begin to yawn.  Gerry and Laura's two sons Adam (Craig Fletcher) and Glyn  (Chris Kelham) are continuously pitted against each other by their mothers favouritism and sniping.  Jessica Dickens (Adam's hairdresser girlfriend Maureen) wow's us with her mad hairstyles and although she tries hard to impress the family she never stands a chance under the acid spotlight of Adam's mother.  Anna O'Grady who plays Glyn's hard done by wife Stephanie survives the storm and transforms wonderfully into a confidant, self assured woman by the end of the play.

I was completely duped into believing that there was more than one waiter but discovered later that they were all played by Gregory Gudgeon, whose amazing quick changes produced an array of hysterically funny foreign characters.

This is a production not to be missed.  The link to Watford to book seats is here

Monday, 4 April 2011

Stiles and Drewe New Song Prize

The Diary Song, Cassandra's opening number, from I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, has been shortlisted for the Stiles and Drewe New Song Prize at the Sondheim Society's Student performer of the Year Award at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 22nd May.  We now have to wait and see if one of the twelve drama schools will choose this song to be performed as part of the award competition.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Caroline Hardman

Caroline Hardman

Beautiful Caroline Hardman will be making her stage debut singing our song Hungry Sea in A Stage Kindly's April Revue at the Kings Head Theatre on 7th April and The Space on 12th .  Whilst training at Italia Conti her credits include: Joanne in 'Company' at the Avondale Theatre, Baptista in Complete Works Theatre Company's production of 'The Taming of the Shrew', Holly in 'The Wedding Singer; Countdown' at the New Wimbledon Theatre and session singing for Framelight Media. Her film credits include:  'Lily McAnderson' in 'Taboo' - a WAX Productions film, and 'Amy' in 'Mission', written and directed by Nadia Barbu.

When not performing Caroline is also a composer and lyricist and has collaborated on work with Christopher Burr and Doug Berwick.

Caroline is graduating this year and aslo tells me that she is getting married!  

Steve and I are really looking forward to hearing her sing our song!