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Friday, 23 July 2010

Tired...but can't wait for the next festival....

I have no idea what this blog will read like....I'm lying on my bed writing this trying to stay awake....its been a busy week....

Thursday last week myself and Lottie travelled down to the Latitude Festival and we were there all the way until the Sunday.  Never having been to a festival before I had a great four least I think it was four felt more like one!!!  I doubt we even saw an 1/8th of what was on over the weekend there was so much to save this being a huge blog I will just mention a few highlights....strangely the best things were mostly the stuff we hadn't planned to start with Rox.  After a quick visit to the ever so lovely and fresh smelling toilets we wondered into the.....

The amazing Rox!

Okay, that was as far as I got on Thursday night writing this blog....the next thing i knew it was 5.00am and I was waking up fully dressed still on my bed...guess the trying to stay awake didn't work so well!!  So where was I...oh we wondered into see Rox in the Word Arena who I had never heard of and was blown away by her voice...everyone should check her out and buy the album (I've listened to it 4 times so far!).  Other highlights include Florence and the Machine, Tom Jones (yeah I know he only played his new stuff but it was great...even without Sex Bomb!), Rodrigo y Gabriela were also wouldnt think two people with two guitars could sound so good.

Apart from the music we saw a few shows in the theatre tent...above all the shows we saw the highlight by a long way was Les Enfants Terribles new show The Vaudevillains a genius musical murder mystery.  I think they are up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year so if you get chance check them out.  Unfortunately we couldnt get into see the RSC which was gutting.  Although I was able to see an interview with Sir Peter Hall.  What a legend.

Hopefully that didnt bore you too much!!  Anyway aftet all of Latitude I spent the next two days rehearsing for Meurtre, Mystère et Mutilation.  The Wednesday was spent filming again with Danny for Darksiders.  So as you can tell I have hardly had chance to breathe let alone sleep....not that I'm complaining, I love being busy...nothing worse than twiddling your thumbs doing nothing!

No this isn't an illution, its actually real and the image looked like that in real life...amazing what you can do with a wall of water and a projector!

Well tomorrow I'm off for a meeting about a new short film I have been asked to be in...more details to sounds very intereesting though....

Hope you all had a great week....drop me a line if you are bored!

David Blood

Twitter: @davidbloodactor

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Back for second helpings....

Well that was one hot weekend.....great idea of ours to have the Headless Teddy 'uniforms' all in black.....hmmm maybe we should have a white version for summer and black for winter.....mind you I don't think we can afford to get the cart painted twice a year for what eventually ends up being two days of the good old British summer....

So while wearing a lovely black t-shirt, jeans, boots, and apron (I have finally stopped calling it a pinny!!) we set up for the 5th Barford Festival last Saturday. I guess the day can be described as a mixed bag...after managing to destroy the brolly we decided to sun bathe for the rest of the day and listen to the music... not much coffee sold that day! Mind you if I had the choice of coffee or beer at a music festival I know what I would choose!

On the Sunday it was the Norwich Lanes Carnival...another glorious day spent outside all in black...although luckily the buildings down the lanes provided shelter to keep the sun off us. Being what can only be described as fashionably pale, keeping the sun of me is always a good thing....unless I want to turn into a lobster!!??

Well after seeing Bentwater Roads by Eastern Angles the other week, I decided it was worth another visit...watching a show on an opening night and comparing it to one after it has settled in is always interesting. Not only that it's a good excuse to have another look at the amazing Hush House on the air base. Having second helpings of this play actually made me realise how much you actually miss the first time you watch a play, everything from subtle elements of the plot lines to sound effects. The actors themselves always take the characters on a journey as the run goes on with the characters growing with every performance.  It's great to see what was a god play to start with really tighten up to make it a must see! I would recommend anyone to see the show before it closes this Sunday.

I know I normally end up writing the blog at the weekend, however, tomorrow I am heading off for my holiday for this year... Latitude!!! Tom Jones here I come! So for the next four days I am going to be camping it up in deep dark Suffolk...I will hopefully be able to send some photos through Twitter as the weekend goes on so if you want to follow me I'm @davidbloodactor.  Both myself and my friend Lottie will be popping our festival cherries this weekend so we are both very excited....and skint!! If you are heading over there this weekend give me a would be rude not to meet for a beer!

Tom Jones at the House Of Blues, Anaheim, Cali...Image via Wikipedia

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See you around.

David Blood

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Hush!!! I'm watching a play!

Its amazing...I have actually found time to write my blog almost within a week of the last post!  Not that I have that much to write about this will be pleased to hear!!

So, like I said in my last blog, Peter is currently appearing in Eastern Angles latest production Bentwater Roads at the Hush House (yeah thanks I know, great play on words for the title...I thank you!).  So, as you do, I gate crashed the first preview / press night and I have to say I had a great night.  The show is brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.  I know you probably assume I would say that because i have a friend in it...but you ask people that know me...that doesn't happen...I am probably one of the most critical audience members around.....hmm....maybe there is a future career there as a critic!  I'll have to think about that if you ever need a play reviewing feel free to give me a shout!  (although I may not just say nice things!)  Anyway, back to Bentwater Roads, its running until the 18th July and from what I hear it is selling out make sure you grab your tickets while you can.  Oh and just in case you didn't believe me click on THIS LINK to read various reviews....all good I might add!

Photo of the cast of Bentwater Roads By Mike Kwasniak

So what else have I been up to??  Well over the weekend I spend a great afternoon on the Saturday with some friends having a lunch time picnic.  I would love to be able to tell you were we went but, to be honest I have no idea whatsoever!  And no that's not due to a large intake of alcohol.....I just know it was in the countryside somewhere outside of Norwich!  Yeah I know, obvious place to have a picnic, the countryside.  (Due to several requests....don't you love friends) I feel I have to add to the fact that during the day in the sun we had two dogs to occupy, bless them.... which involved mostly throwing a tennis ball around...  However, we also (cunningly I might add) found a new use for a cake tin lid and re-invented the Frisbee...although its probably slightly difficult to play Frisbee when you picnic on a steep bank with the wind gusting across it....oh still worked....sort of!

Then Sunday this weekend I spent most of the day filming a small section Darksiders for Danny Cotton.  As a reward for spending a baking hot day in a black suit in the sunshine we decided to head to the pub for a rewarding pint.....I blame Danny for this but all of a sudden I ordered  what can only be described as a heart attack in a bowl....oh was definitely worth the pain in the future! Yum!!!

Coming up this weekend I will be spending Saturday at the Barford Festival and on the Sunday at the Norwich Lanes carnival selling if you are around come for a coffee....

Catch up with you all soon.

David Blood