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Confessions of an Undiscovered Star

Entries in Cabaret (5)

Tuesday
Feb072017

Christmas, Cabarets and Several Hallmark Movies Later...

Ok, ok there has been a lot of time since I last updated this but here we are - since I last wrote a blog Christmas has come and gone, I have performed a work in progress of my cabaret that I'm hoping to perform at the Camden Festival and we look like we exchange contracts on a flat FINALLY this week - Hozzah! 

I have been super busy as always but I have discovered my favourite way to veg out is hallmark movies, particularly the ones they show on all the channel 5 channels with the run up to Christmas. There is a something calming about predictable, 'nice' love stories.

Even Netflix is in on the act and I'm currently sat watching a made for TV movie about a woman who finds a list left by her dead mum that has just lead her to a short conversation with Rita Moreno - RITA MORENO PEOPLE! What a stunning woman. I'm now singing 'America' to myself; which is ironic as it's a song about plucky, young immigrants loving living in America and the current President is doing all he can to keep them out. But I digress.

I'll be moving over from Squarespace 5 to 7 soon (what happened to 6?) so this will look all a bit snazzier plus my new headshots will be up woo-hoo! They are already on my spotlight page if you head over there.

Take it easy and see you on the flipside.

Monday
Sep262016

Things in the Pipeline

I've had a busy old summer.

The Cabaret Confidential night in July at the Pheasantry went brilliantly - I was so pleased. I am now busy preparing for a 'work-in-progress' which will happen late Nov/early Dec and I will post the info on how to get a free ticket on here but also via my twitter @MirandaDawe.

My novel is coming along nicely and I really want to get the first draft finished by the end of October if I can just keep away from Netflix now they have uploaded all of 'Gilmore Girls' to watch. "Oi with the poodles already!"

Jim has started a new job at joe.co.uk and is presenting the Football Friday Live show every friday night 7pm on Facebok live which is so exciting. We haven't stopped working together though and we submitted a demo to BBC Three Counties Radio and there have been positive rhumblings going on over there we are crossing everything - hopefully watch this space.

We had a lovely holiday in Nice earlier this month. We made a vlog which you can see here:

The rest of my time has been taken up with teaching kids drama, running musical theatre workshops, singing in care homes and running murder mysteries with www.ThatSillyProductions.com 

Keep up to date with everything by following me on Twitter @MirandaDawe

 

Sunday
Jul102016

Cabaret Time!

I am performing my first proper cabaret (as in there is chat and stuff, it's not just MT performers singing MT songs which I'm totally guilty of previously performing in) this Thursday at the Pheasantry in London as part of Cabaret Confidential - get your tickets here. 

Apparently 'sports' were happening today but I spent most of my time trying to write the 'chat bit' which needs to not sound like stand up, or scripted but be witty. Tricky stuff. I have focused on being an actor, working in care homes and as a children's entertainer and how I didn't end up with Adam Garcia but that you can find lots of straight men on stand up comedy courses; finding Jim was just a numbers game.

In other news I've been ill - boo! I think the show will be great if only my whole voice will come back. On top of that, a horrible thing happens when I have sinus pressure - spontaneous nose bleeds! As Ronan Keating said, 'life is a rollercoaster'. 

P.S. don't even ask about how my flat buying is going - we may have three, we may have none. Blog coming in the future. 

 

Wednesday
Jun082016

We are STILL trying to buy a flat but we did go to the zoo.

This week in particularly we have learnt that buying a flat is incredibly stressful - why does no one ever mention that? Oh wait... We knew that mortgage companies don't tend to like you being self employed but we had one not being happy with the fact Jim's income was largely employed SAY WHAT?! Our new mortgage company is sorting us out now and all fine now thank goodness but it is not fun. Let's get moving already!

What was fun was our trip to the zoo and we have even vlogged about it - check out the video here:

Jim and I were celebrating our 4th Anniversary and figured we could totally be the next Zoella and Alfie thingy (plus ten years). We hope to make regular vlogs whilst we get this pesky house buying thing done and I finish the blooming book I'm writing.

P.S. Don't forget to book your tickets for my night in Cabaret Confidential at London's The Pheasantry: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/cabaret-confidential-2

Tuesday
Jan122016

Confessions of an Undiscovered Star - The Show.

I have started to research and write my new comedy cabaret show. Most of it seems to come to me when I'm driving or in the bath but the majority is formed at the most annoying moment, just as I'm wanting to fall asleep. 

My title is 'Confessions of an Undiscovered Star' which I have been using for years under different guises but it isn't as self indulgent as it sounds; the point I want to make is that we all, in many different ways, are undiscovered stars. Everyone has hidden talents that aren't appreciated for whatever reason but the biggest thing I have realised whilst writing the show are the talents we possess that are obvious to everyone but ourselves. For example: my Mum's friend is a WHIZ at dress making and alterations but massively under-charges as she thinks it's 'easy' and 'no big deal' yet every time I sat down at a sewing machine during my Textiles GCSE half course it broke! I have no shame in telling you my mum pretty much made my final garment (ok a bit of shame). 

I am just as much of a culprit: I make a lot of my income from teaching drama and I have to begrudgingly admit there has always been a feeling of "I'm failing" at the back of mind when teaching - that terrible old adage 'those who can't teach' comes into my head and every time I do my tax return and it's more teaching than performing money I feel a failure - justified or not. Then this Christmas I received a lovely card from the mother of three girl's I teach drama and thanking me for all I do for her daughters: "even my shy Maia can't wait to come every week". It choked me up a little, and this isn't even one of the students I have got into a drama school or a scholarship or even to pass a LAMDA exam this year - this is a child whose life has been made a bit easier through the confidence she gets from the arts.

I then started to think of all the children I have worked with over the years and how drama has probably helped shaped them; how during the two drugs awareness T.I.E. tours I have worked on I may have even saved future lives for all I know and yet all I had thought is "I bet people are wondering when I'm going to chuck this in as I'm not working - I hope they aren't feeling sorry for me, how cringey" - not because the work I was doing wasn't good or worthwhile but purely because it wasn't part of my plan or dreams. It's only it more recent years that I have realised most people are actually just thinking about themselves and don't care!

It's all about perspective and that's what my show is going to be about. We are all undiscovered stars, particularly undiscovered by ourselves.