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Not only is my old Lamb & Hayward funeral Homes radio ad for NZME getting a LOT of play at the moment on local radio (due, no doubt, to the current pandemic) but they've asked for me to do a couple more ads! Recorded a 30 and 15 second ad and sent them off to NZME a couple of days ago. I'll find out soon when they will go to air.
Since the postponement of Dear Jane due to Lockdown, we Zoom rehearsed it, with the aim of capturing and recording the Zoom reading. It is currntly up on YouTube, in time for the 200th Birthday celebrations for John Deans.
After the success of Nevermore in Oamaru in another of our signature venue-tailored pieces, we'll be doing it again later this year at the Oamaru Heritage Festival! Excellent audience feedback included, "That took chops!" I'm well pleased!!
Meanwhile, someday in the future, I will be performing in Dear Jane, NO Productions' award winning play about the life of Jane Deans. The venue will again be Riccarton House, home of the Deans Family.
My neighbour is a student at Ara and is working on a mobile game as part of his course. I'm helping him as a voice, dialogue and story consultant, and inevitably ended up voicing some stuff for it. As soon as I can get my hands on a video screen grab, I shall post it here.
Following my video 'welcome' for The Crate Escape's Prison Escape, preparations are afoot for a new escape and a new 'welcome' video. Details to follow.
The very talented Mark McNeill, creator & producer of the TracPoint promo, has asked me to do another, similar promo for the Red Cross! We shot a trial run at the start of this year and it's working really well. Hoping to shoot it for real later this year.
Next year, by popular demand, I will be reprising my role in Lover Boy as the hapless strippagram, for Brick Road Productions! Not sure of venue yet, or exact dates.
Related to Lover Boy is another long term project: I've rejoined the gym, in an effort to reclaim my body from ageing and so I won't feel so bad when performing in Lover Boy. Eeek. I'll let you know how I'm getting on...
A few days off between Christmas and New Year has allowed me to sit down and do some video editing. Among other things, I've updated my Showreel to include the TracPoint promo. Click on the pic below to see the full promo, which ended up raising over NZ$210,000 and will apparently be dubbed into Japanese!
A sad update, unfortunately. After several years voicing ads for NZME I've been 'downsized' and December was my last session with them. Seems they'll be voicing more stuff 'in-house' from now on.
I shall miss my amazing studio gurus: Tash, A.J. and Kuzwane, but I know I'll be working with some of them again ;-) (see the note in Coming Soon)
Back in November I participated as an actor in a DEGNZ workshop on Directing Intimacy, hosted by the awesome Louise Leitch. Wow! I cannot recommend this process highly enough! It is a must for all Actors and Directors working in the intimate zone. The framework it provides creates a wholly repeatable scene yet with an amazing freedom for the actors to really be deep in the moment without hesitation, nerves or surprises. I can't wait to participate in another such workshop.
It was also a real privilege at the workshop to work with Writer/Director Rachel O'Neill on a scene from her script which is currently in the pipeline. No spoilers, but it's a beautiful NZ story.
We re-shot the video for my Cask of Amontillado reading, and it's now up on my YouTube channel. Head up to my Reel page and you'll find a link to it.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Victoria Leacock Hoffman, I had a fantastic time in London for the reunion of our Mountview Theatre School class of '84! Probably time to start thinking about the next one...