Hallo everyone, my first attempt at “blogging”. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. (aaaaah). It would have been a January posting but due to Broadband problems, leaving me with complete and utter computer rage, it has not been possible. I’m sure most of you have been there at some point but this is my first real experience of such problems in the 13 years that I have owned a computer and it has struck at exactly the time when I am most dependant on the infernal machine.

I am now a fully fledged producer as well as actress/writer/director and am starting with six one person shows which will be showing at The Beacon starting on March 3rd with the fabulous Pete Searles. Then there will be a performance on the first Friday in every month through to August. This needs the internet! Copious emailing, proof reading of publicity, keeping tabs on everyone blah blah blah!

Thirdly, and most importantly, my one-woman show Hot Flush is now ready to roll. Written by the wonderful Helen Goldwyn, another patient soul who has printed off and posted every re-write when it would have been so much easier just to press a key on her computer. Still the end result is fantastic, she is such a gifted writer and I am really looking forward to the start of rehearsals (end of April) for the first showing at the Tristan Bates Theatre (at The Actors Centre) on May 30th and 31st 2006, for two nights only, so if you want to book a seat the number is 0207 240 3940.

An ageing Bridget Jones meets Women Behaving Badly. The diaryof a menopausal Diva. We follow Jo through 70 minutes of her life whilst she chats to us about the events that have brought her to this critical time of change. Does she assign herself to the scrap heap, go for the “nip-n-tuck” approach or venture out with the gorgeous young man who is flattering her with his attentions? Does she confront the builder, the ex lover or her nemesis, the stunning Loretta,or does she reach for the chocolate and the remote control? Women of a certain age will love this intimate show, and so will their children and husbands. No-one escapes the brilliant observational writing of Helen Goldwyn, or the acerbic, witty delivery of Louise Jameson. A “must see” evening. Enjoy!

I have just slipped in a performance at Leatherhead with Colin Baker of Love Letters on Sunday January 29th, and despite a small audience I think we gave it our best shot yet. They loved it and were extremely complimentary afterwards. Next show will be Middlesborough March 26th, watch this space. Two days ago I finished an episode of Doctors, viewing May 11th I believe and on return from a Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles I shall be recording another in the Big Finish Gallifrey series. Add to that the fact that we are setting up a fund-raiser for the Ron Davis approach to dyslexia for February 12th (www.dyslexia-kent.co.uk) and going to LA for a Doctor Who convention, it’s all a bit hectic! But there will be stories to tell I am sure.

I will try and update around the middle of each month. In the meantime I hope your 2006 has leapt into action and is giving you everything you need and most of what you want. Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to the next one.