My last post was mid-March and I was thanking the marvellous NHS for my new hips and asking you all to hold tight for the bumpy ride ahead cos of this 'this awful flu'.
Time to poke my nose above the parapet. Hallo lovely people. Eugh! Looking nasty...
I think the most terrible thing we face is division while we're in this weakened state. So here I am chums, no makeup, no hair, sailors nails, chomping on a ginger nut and yacking away with my director chum Lee about soap. Listen here...
Can I just say a big thank you and hats off to our mighty NHS, you people are just the tops. I can't thank you enough. Thinking of you all with this awful flu scare going on. I know I'm a restless patient (is that an oxymoron?) but you guys make pain bearable. Here I am coming round (ish). How can you be grumpy with cheery faces like these?
What's new workwise? Well I've landed a fantastic part in a movie...but I can't tell you more yet. And filmed a great guest on a fab TV series...which I also can't tell you about yet. You think I'm making this up right?
It's going to be a rollercoaster of a 2020. Hold tight and don't be scared. More soon....love dBx
Thrilled to say I will get to introduce The Last Tree at my local, the No6 in Portsmouth Dockyard on Nov 7th. Can you come? I grew up in Portsmouth and I'll speak on behalf of the Southsea based charity, Tonic Music for Mental Health, prior to showing the film. I know for a fact that singing makes me happy - a 5 minute blast on my auto harp and I'm sorted. Tonic explores the many ways that music, including workshops, gigs, choirs and community projects, can help people experiencing mental health problems.
Here's me with Theo and Jay outside TV Centre, Loose Women's new home.
Nice to have chums to look after you, eh? Feel the Love.
You can book tickets for the No6 here:
Or you can find out where The Last Tree is on near you here:
That set me up for a rollercoaster at work. The great news is that the film I made last year by Shola Amoo (I was actually doing some ADR on it the day Dad died) did really well at Sundance and will be released at Picture Houses all around the UK on Sept 27th. You'll find the trailer by clicking my Media button.
And then I was lucky to be directed by Paul Foster playing Mrs Elton in The Deep Blue Sea at Chichester Festival Theatre. Brilliant cast, great reviews. Seen here between the divine ladies of Dressing Room A, Helena Wilson and Nancy Carroll.
I also got to play the Ladies Tent again at Brighton Pride. Such joy. Alyn Waterman (right of me) was hair and makeup on QAF, and Frith Tiplady (right of him) was location manager. She now produces Peaky Blinders, so there's posh for you.
And then of course 2019 is the 20th anniversary of Queer As Folk, so I get to glam up (Alyn Waterman again) and join Russell T Davies, Criag Kelly and Tom Robinson for a screening and Q&A at the BFI. Amazing experience - we got a standing ovation! Catch the series on All4.
So that's my news. I'm doing it, I'm really doing it!