Empty properties

Everywhere I look, I’m reading about properties up and down the country, standing empty. Dormant. Gathering dust. Lining people’s property portfolios..

Whichever way you look at it there are more properties without tenants than there are sleeping rough on our streets. 

In this year, 2017… Not 1817!! 

We shouldn’t be living in a world like this.. 

Homelessness can be stopped, but will it ever? 

…discuss. 

Heroes

Yesterday, although still today to me as I’m buzzing and can’t sleep, I took part in a charity football match with this great bunch of guys. 


Down at Maidstone Uniteds ground we played against an Arsenal charity team, made up of mainly 20 year old whipper snappers some ex pros and a few token old guys – Tommy Walsh and Terry Marsh notably, got a little spanked, but my word wasn’t it a great moment?

Guy Farmer and Chris Boxshall who organised it wanted to raise £10k for the charity #OneBigFamily and the #ArsenalFoundation. Well, before we even took to the pitch, these heroes pictured with me raised almost £9000 of that. 

An incredible achievement and something that we should not only be proud of, but honoured to take part in. 

Thank you everyone who sponsored all of us, your generosity will provide a lot of help and support for the Homeless Communities served by OBF in Kent, London and Yorkshire.. 

Here’s to the next game lads… 

Reviews 

When you take a show anywhere of note the ultimate aims (for me) are the following. 

A) 

getting bums on seats. Nothing has to be a sell out. Nothing can be a sell out, really, if we’re being completely honest. But to me it’s not primarily about the money, it’s about people seeing what you’re bringing to life. To get the interaction of a laugh, a gasp, a moment in time where they are completely with you and belief is absolutely suspended… Having them climb aboard for the ride. Hearing them talk about it afterwards… In the hope that they’ve taken something from the performance where they might be thinking. 

B) 

reviews. We all want our show to be seen by an educated eye. Someone who will come in with an objective view in the hope they will see positives but also the negatives, but put them across on such a constructive way that it can but only help any future developments not only with the current production, but any work that shall follow. 

C)

reputations. The aim is to create the opportunity of having your work out there, people becoming aware of it. The success of a show doesn’t lie in the financial outcome, the proof of it is in the pudding. So when you go somewhere with a reputation for producing consistently great, new, innovative theatre, you want to be able to come away from it saying you played a part in not only keeping the reputation alive, but perhaps even help it grow. 

Of course the reputation you want to build as an individual is a fantastic motivator. There’ll always be detractors – someone who doesn’t believe or support you. Surround yourself with those that do, those with a common aim, and with the determination it will thrive. 

Having been to 2 consecutive Camden Fringes, receiving opening night 5 star reviews for both shows, and another 2 brilliant reviews during the run, you’re on the way to cementing something. You’re getting the chance to be welcomed back in the future with any potential work you may have. 

CAPTIVE HEARTS – 2016

5 shows. 3 reviews. Opening night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review. One of the men it was about, JOHN McCARTHY in attendance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review and a ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 review. 

HOMELESS COMFORTS – 2017

3 shows. 3 reviews. Opening night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review. Members of the charity you’ve been involved with coming along to watch, ONE BIG FAMILY – helping the homeless.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review and a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ review. 

When they mention your research, that the play is ‘grounded in reality’ ‘performances of @PaulBridger73 and @ElizabethCachia are excellent, intelligent, provocative and inspiring’ ‘sympathetic direction, dynamically crafted by @alcarretta ‘ you know you’re heading the right direction. 

HOMELESS COMFORTS – Reviews here: 

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/179553/review-homeless-comforts-three-way-productions/#comments

https://theopendoorsite.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/homeless-comforts-three-way-productions-camden-fringe-★★★★☆/

http://viewsfromthegods.co.uk/homeless-comforts.shtml

CAPTIVE HEARTS – Reviews here:

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/144487/captive-hearts-etcetera-theatre/

http://viewsfromthegods.co.uk/captive-hearts.shtml

Here’s to Camden Fringe 2018! 

3 hours to go

And that’s it for another years performance at the brilliant Camden Fringe. 

8.30pm tonight at the Etcetera Theatre, Martin and Alana’s stories come alive for the final time. 

Having received positive feedback from audiences and critics alike, it’s been a fantastic experience and can’t wait to show it to some more people tonight, and hopefully indeed in the future. 

A massive thank you must go to our Director, Al Carretta, who pulled this all together and helped create what it’s become today – ‘a compelling watch.’

And to Elizabeth Cachia, playing the role of Alana with such empathy, humanity and style, we’re forever grateful. 

Here’s to the final moments. 

http://www.etceteratheatre.com/details.php?show_id=2549

Find some Shelter from the Camden rain, step inside the Etcetera (above the Oxford arms) and watch this tale of humanity unfold in front of you. 

Tickets available on the door, cash payments only. 

Two down…

…one to go!

Wednesday 9th August – Homeless Comforts closes at the Etcetera Theatre, 8.30pm. 

From the euphoria of receiving an opening night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review 

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/179553/review-homeless-comforts-three-way-productions/

To awaiting another review from Monday going online, we had a third reviewer in Tuesday. 

The excitement and anticipation of waiting to see what they made of it is up there with receiving feedback from the audiences. 

We do what we do, to entertain, to provoke thought. Make people leave after the experience, hopefully taking a little with them to think about, talk about and maybe look at how they react to things we see in everyday life, in this case the issue of homelessness. 

But we also want reviews. The chance to see what a critique likes, or what works, as much as what could make it better. 

When you receive such a well crafted review it only reinforces why we, and I in particular do this. 

It’s for the love of producing something different, unique, and to have that sense of pride in sharing it with everyone who was on the journey, who supported it and being thankful for having a creative spark. 

Here’s to closing night. 

8.30pm Wednesday 9th August, Etcetera Theatre (above the Oxford arms) Camden high street. 

Tickets available on the door or online: http://www.etceteratheatre.com/details.php?show_id=2549

Martin… 

The homeless man in our production, played by @PaulBridger73


..captured in this production still by our Director @alcarretta 

#HomelessComforts returns to the #EtceteraTheatre tonight 08/08/17 at 8.30pm. 

Tickets available from both the venue website 

http://www.etceteratheatre.com/details.php?show_id=2549

And the Camden fringe site 

 http://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=924

Or you can indeed pay on the door in cash.. 

@EtceteraTheatre – above the #OxfordArms 

Great pub, great venue.. Catch this great show before it completes its run on Wednesday 9th August 

Nothing beats the buzz..

Of opening night. 

The anticipation, the build up of all the process. From writing to finding the venue, casting, rehearsals and ultimately the performances. 

When you’re blessed to have wonderful people around you who not only share your dream and vision but can embellish upon it. Who can motivate, inspire and sit there helping you steer what you’re all driving in the same direction, there really is no better feeling. 

I’m thrilled and honoured not only to have the support of two great people, @alcarretta and @ElizabethCachia – who not only know what to achieve and the best way to do it, but who drive you on to better yourself along the way. 

If you haven’t managed to catch @Homelesscomfor1 #HomelessComforts you still have Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th to see it @EtceteraTheatre 8.30pm as part of the @CamdenFringe 

Can’t wait to tell #Martin and #Alanas stories again 

Cometh the hour..

It was back in January, the 1st be precise when the application to be part of this years Camden Fringe was submitted. 

Those nervous moments wondering what the venue applied to would think of your work before heading back from them. 

I was lucky my one and only choice was to return to the wonderfully atmospheric, intimate surrounding of the Etcetera Theatre, following our successful debut there last year with Captive Hearts. 

So by 20th January when I received the email offering a slot I was understandably happy. 

Within a few days of negotiating dates and times, it was confirmed – Monday August 7th – Wednesday August 9th at 8.30pm, Homeless Comforts would enter the theatrical world. 

That day is upon us… And cometh the hour 

http://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=924

Opening night..

Is almost upon us… 

Monday 7th August at 8.30pm to be precise. 

Homeless Comforts is a project like nothing I’ve ever done before or maybe even will get close to again. 

From when I first had the idea of highlighting the plight of the homeless men and women on our streets, I never once imagined how much I would learn, the wonderful people I would meet, who not only do such a superb job giving up their time to help the vulnerable of our society but have enriched me as a human being. 

We all witness homelessness, and to be fair most of us walk past without a thought for those in that position. 

Through observing, listening and offering kindness it’s amazing what can be achieved. 

I’m so grateful to Liz and Darren Shaw, who run #OneBigFamily-HelpingTheHomeless in Kent, London and Yorkshire, for all the knowledge they have given me, the support when I first spoke of getting involved and the humility I have found within myself. 

Homeless Comforts is as much a testament to them both and their wonderful volunteers as it is a piece of real life encapsulated for the stage – to provoke thought, feeling and empathy. 

We run 7th – 9th August, 8.30pm at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden

Tickets available http://www.etceteratheatre.com/details.php?show_id=2549

Rehearsal image by @alcarretta 

Hope to see you there!