Three Sisters

I’m delighted to announce that I will be appearing in Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov at Arts@Trinity from May 8 – May 11. More details can be found here:

York Mystery Plays and A Midsummer Night’s Dream .

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the “York Mystery Plays” have been exciting, scary, enjoyable, wonderful productions. The Dream finished on 4th August, The Mysteries closed on Monday last 27th August. You can see lots of pictures of the Mysteries on Flickr, and there is a version of the live streaming of the plays, which will be available through September and October on


York Mystery Plays and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Well I didn’t expect to be posting more news so soon!

I will still be appearing in The York Mystery Plays – and rehearsals get more and more exciting as ensemble members join the speaking cast, and the whole picture of the plays begins to develop.

I have also been cast in Principal Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run in the open air at three different venues in and near London:

  • Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield from 21 June – 30 June
  • Southgate Old Ashmolean Rugby Club 10 July – 14 July
  • Coram Fields, Bloomsbury 19 July – 4 August.

More details are available on Principal Theatre’s website

So the weeks between now and the end of August are going to be very busy, I shall be rehearsing some days in London and some days in York – and in between, spending a lot of time on East Coast trains!

Do try and get to see one or both of the shows. Contact me through the contact pages if you want more details of times and dates, or directions.

York Mystery Plays

The Ladykillers has been great fun – the show ended at the Gielgud Theatre tonight 14 April.

My next project is the York Mystery Plays, in which I am playing one of the Magi. Rehearsals start tomorrow 15 April, and we will be rehearsing until the end of July. The Mystery Plays will be ‘the theatrical experience of a lifetime’, performed in the open air, in the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in the Museum Gardens in York. Don’t miss the opportunity, performances will be from 2nd – 27th August. Read more here

In between performances of The Ladykillers, have also done a voiceover for a series of web videos for opticians, a showcase called The Magic Lunch, and a photoshoot for the British Heart Foundation.

The Ladykillers and The Ghost Train

I’m very excited to have been cast as one of Mrs Wilberforce’s friends in The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre in London, from Saturday 26 November until 14 April.

“The celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, comes to life on stage this Autumn in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote).

I shall have two weeks off from The Ladykillers to film The Ghost Train, in early December.

13 October 2011 – The Ghost Train

I have just been cast in the role of Miss Vera Bourne in the feature film The Ghost Train.

The writer and director write: “The Ghost Train remake will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to respectfully adapt the original 1941 classic film into a modern day feature. It’s a fantastically re-written real “ghost story” which promises to truly haunt it’s audience. The plot revolves around 6 passengers being stranded, the night before Christmas Eve, in a remote Yorkshire railway station. The station is said to be haunted by “The Ghost Train”. ”

We hope to be shooting the film early to mid December.

6 September 2011 – ‘Raging for Life’

I have just finished working on a feature film, made by a student at Barnsley University. The film is called ‘Raging for Life’. I play the grandmother of the lead character.
I have two auditions in the next couple of weeks, and will of course post on here if I am cast in either the play or the pantomime.
I am still working hard at recorder lessons, singing lessons and I have also started to learn the piano again, after an absence of about 50 years! I passed Grade 5 Recorder (84%) and Grade 7 Classical Singing (78%) in July. Acting classes continue as usual, and I’m looking forward to whatever acting opportunities the autumn brings.

St Paul’s review

Remotegoat reviewer writes:
“When the characters eventually get going, they were acted out superbly. Cases in point; Alia (played by Sidrah Shaikh) and Dorothy (performed by Libby Wattis)
These two characters played important roles in the performance, and each brought something very special to the table. They showed great depth and passion, and gave us a look into the darker side of teaching, and how it must affect hundreds in the profession nationwide.”

Read the whole review here:
Just two more nights to see the show – today (Friday) and tomorrow.

St Paul’s

Just to remind you that we will be performing “St Paul’s”, a new play by local writer Jonathan Hall, in the studio at Bradford Playhouse on 4th,5th,6th and 7th May at 7.30pm.

“Gill’s trying to mark assessments – but she’s at the end of her tether with Clint Pickering and his mobile phone. Dorothy’s been making Vesuvius out of papier mache. Tina’s got her eye on the book box money. Oh and there’s a car alarm going off outside the crack den. All in a fairly typical day at St Paul’s. Luckily Dave’s on hand with a stonking power-point demo that could hold all the answers. Things can only get better can’t they? ”
“St Paul’s is a bittersweet comedy about education: about who educates, why we educate, and how actually we often end up doing none of the above”.

7.30pm 4th – 7th May at the Bradford Playhouse Studio Theatre.
£9 (£6 concessions)
Tickets from the Box Office 01274 820666

9 March 2011 – St Paul’s and Seize the Day

I have just completed filming on a lovely quirky 3 minute film called “Seize the Day”, directed by Ron Wright  for the Reed competition, on the theme of ‘Mondays’. You can watch it here:

I have also been cast as Dorothy, a middle aged primary school teacher in a new play called “St Paul’s”, written by Jonathan Hall. It will be performed in the studio at Bradford Playhouse on the 4th,5th,6th and 7th of May. I hope you are free to come and watch!

I’ve also been developing a variety of skills. I continue to attend ActUpNorth classes in screen acting in Leeds, and also the acting class led by Jo Adamson and Tonicha Lawrence. I recently attended master classes with John Godber and Steve Nesbitt – both of which were both entertaining and enlightening!  I have recently passed my LCM Grade 6 in Classical Singing, and I take my Grade 6 Musical Theatre Singing in a few weeks time. I’m also working towards my LCM Grade 4 in Recorder (Descant and treble), for an exam in April, so there is plenty of hard work going on!