This month I eased myself in gently with a workshop and live performance supported by the legendary, Brighton based ‘Funny Women’ collective, which have just launched a South West group. Downstairs, at a pub in Bristol, around twenty fledgling and semi-pro comediens giggled our way through an hour or so of improv games led by the wonderfull Louise Leigh and picked up tips from industry proffesionals like ‘Funny Women’ founder Lynne Parker. We then peformed short sets for a paying live audience, and then enjoyed an absolutey hillarious half hour from headline act Suzy Bennett.
The following weekend I felt brave enough to enter “Comedy Launchpad” new act competition at Komedia, Bath. I didn’t win the heat, but was a runner up - winning tickets to the renowned ‘Krater Comedy Club’ and a goody bag. Finally, on Saturday night I was chuffed to bits to be entered into Heat 1 of Somerset’s premier ‘new comedy’ talent competition ; ‘Stand Up For Cider’. Organised by the fabulous Trish Caller, from Genius PR & Events ( who is only bringing Bill Bailey to Shepton Mallet!! Get your tickets for his epic gig at Bath & West showground in May - www.ticketmaster.co.uk) and Shepton’s own resident pro comedin & scout Tim O’Connor. I was really happy with my performance, even though I didn’t go though to the final in July.
Tim and I spoke about all the exciting events planned for Shepton Mallet including a ‘Literature Festival’ which will include spoken word and comedy. Radio Shepton gigs, and fundraisers - yes folks we need more money to make a decent website ! Potential sponsors get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
I just feel like I have more energy now. At the ‘Wellbeing’ taster night by Shepton Chamber Of Commerce, I tried EFT ( tapping) with therapist Jenny Vestey, and Chi Nei Tsng , a form of tummy massage by Charlie at ‘A Touch Of Calm’. I’m even taking the whole family along to a ‘ Family Yoga Day’, run by Wendy Sugg of Bruton Yoga, during the half term holidays. It’s on Wednesday 20th Feb at Sparkford Hall 10 am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.pm. Families or groups of 4, can book for ither session, for only £10 ( for the whole group! ) There will be a fun kids yoga session, with story telling and parchute games. Then a session for parent or adult and child poses and stetches together, plus relaxation. With refreshments included , this is a real bargain. And perfect ‘wellness’ activity for the hols. Book at www.brutonyoga.com
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)