The wind is howling.

Stressed and bloomin’ exhausted.

Tea in my big mug.

I’m grateful for a large mug of tea and a haiku.



The wind is howling.

Stressed and bloomin’ exhausted.

Tea in my big mug.

I’m grateful for a large mug of tea and a haiku.


The wind is howling.

Stressed and bloomin’ exhausted.

Tea in my big mug.

I’m grateful for a large mug of tea and a haiku.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

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As You Like It: Things I’ve learnt on tour

I read this blog post by Helen Jackson-Lyall (nee Bryer) a fair few times before I went on tour. There are some very wise words and I’m inspired to do a similar post, here goes:

1. If your phone tells you it has signal it could be lying.

2. I use and rely on the internet A LOT.

3. Eye contact is really important, I had always been taught this but valued it so much during this production. (Thank you Alison!)

4. Translations can be free and creative as long as they are justifiable.

5. Meditation is awesome – so is hanging upside down.

6. Sam hog is quite scary.

7. Access is a shared responsibility (a reminder).

8. My phobias are probably a bit more serious than I am willing to admit to.

9. Being away from loved ones is hard but absence does make the heart grow fonder.

10. Eating a few bananas a day is a good thing. Potassium poisoning is only a concern for about 20+.

11. A play is to be enjoyed, one group of humans communicating to another. Take it for what it is, it is not a matter of life and death but it is important.

12. We all have our quirks and idiosyncrasies.

13. Silliness and laughter is good.

14. Wales is beautiful and has a lot of lovely Welsh produce.

15. It’s ok to put your trust in others. Even in a sat nav called Babs.

16. To ask for my chips well done/crispy.

17. Rissoles are tasty.

18. Lizzie Herbert will surprise you with her rapping skills.

19. Teamwork requires a group of people with different skills contributing equally. I need to acknowledge my contribution as well as the awe of other’s skills.

20. The right song will do wonders for morale.

As You Like It: Duck Obituary

The pressures of touring proved to be a bit much for our ducks but who better to provide the eulogy than our naughty priest/Will Fawcett…

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Photo: Studio Cano


As You Like It: Day 48

Well we’ve said goodbye to Wales and our tour finishes as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. A lovely big audience – Bristolians certainly know how to picnic! A standing ovation at the end brought a tear to my eye, what a way to finish! Then sadly it was a mad rush to catch the last train home, if I had more time to say goodbyes there certainly would have been tears so perhaps it was a blessing in disguise!

So long my co-mates and brothers/(sisters) in exile!

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As You Like It: Day 47

Tonight we performed our penultimate show of the tour in Parc Cwm Darran. Thankfully the threat of thunderstorms turned out to be just that, a threat and we had an excellent turn out for the evening. Lovely cards and prezzies from the director and producer were a nice surprise and we all got married in an amphitheatre.



As You Like It: Day 46

New venue today in North Wales, Valle Crucis, beautiful it is too. A nice big audience and a standing ovation.




As You Like It: Day 45

A sweltering performance at the beautiful Tretower Court. Thanks to the lovely Emma Megan Shaw Brooks for taking some pretty pics, great to have you there!

20140718-130951-47391321.jpg Gorgeous sunshine and a fab audience. All went swimmingly despite being down to our last duck and a stray coconut trip hazard. New venue tomorrow in North Wales.