admin   July 19th, 2015   No Comments

I had booked my tickets for the this event back in December 2014 so this was long in the planning. I was very anxious that the 2 days would go well after the disappointment of Xivents: Game of thrones fan event in Paris not happening.

Very early on I had decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to present Iain Glen with a fan book from SJA. After many months of planning, sorting and putting together and we had 30 page  book filled with fan photos, messages and artwork. I booked photo shoots with (Game of Thrones) Iain Glen, Finn Jones, (Penny Dreadful) Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and (The Musketeers) Luke Pasqualino but planned to meet many more.

Saturday

I arrived early morning at Kensington Olympia train station to be met with literally hundreds of people also making their way to the venue. but the queue was unlike anything I had ever seen. It must have gone around the whole Olympia twice over but luckily I got talking to some others fans and chatting seemed to pass the time until we started moving along. By the time we had got into the venue I was desperate to get my luggage into the cloakroom and find Julia everyone. I have never been to the Olympia before and it was absolutely huge. My advice to anyone going for the first time or indeed anytime who has photo shoots and autos to get is to look at the floor plan beforehand. With so many people and being so crowded it took a long time to get from one floor to another so it was really useful to know roughly were to go before entering the venue.

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I made my way to the top floor where all the Game of Thrones and The Musketeers guests were. It was the only floor that was nicely air conditioned and cool. I saw Julia talking to Daniel Portman and watched for a moment taking a couple of photos when she noticed me and came over to say hello.

Over the course of the morning I met Finn Jones, Daniel Portman, Kristian Nairn, Reeve Carney, Luke Pasqualino and Tom Burke. (Iain was only attending the Sunday). All of them were absolutely lovely, chatty and friendly. I got my Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and The Musketeers posters signed and stood around taking as many photos as I could of them signing. Luke and Finn gave me the most gorgeous squeezes. All of them must have been around 6 foot and me being only 5 foot tall they all had to bend down and even then they were a lot taller than me! Next time I will be taking  5 inch boots to give myself some much needed height. Lol

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By the afternoon the venue was so packed and even the top floor which was the only air conditioned floor was getting stuffy with so many people. The heat in the building was horrible and with so many people it was very difficult to get a little bit of space to sit anywhere. I left the Olympia at about 3.30pm and made my way to the apartment I was staying in. All in all a great first day!!

Highlights

  • The photo shoots were a lot of fun but quite nerve racking.
  • Me being slightly nervous about approaching Reeve and him ushering me over to talk to him.
  • Meeting Luke Pasqualino and Tom Burke was such a pleasure. They were so friendly and sweet.
  • Meeting Reeve Carney was gorgeous. More beautiful in the flesh than on screen. A really lovely guy. I told him that I was building a website on him to support his career. He was gobsmacked and very touched. I said I would tweet him the URL when it is complete.
  • Meeting the girls Julia, Jo and Kerstin
  • Getting out of the Olympia into the fresh air!

Sunday

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 I had agreed to meet with Daniela, Helga, Julia, Kerstin and Jo at the venue but as we all arrived at different times we decided to met inside instead. I was much earlier getting to the venue than the previous morning and it was lovely weather outside. Although the queue was still very long it seemed very well organised and we moved along pretty quickly. I eventually found my way to the photo shoot where Iain was going to be at on the ground floor. Iain wasn’t due till 10am it was about 9.20am so we had some time to kill. Julie was already there and Kerstin found us. I found Daniela and Helga near the entrance looking rather lost and guided them to the photo shoot area where Iain was due.

I remember there being a big crush for 20 odd minutes before Iain arrived. There was some what confusion with the queuing and the different types of tickets which stated who was at the front of the queue. I really felt for Daniela and Helga not speaking a lot of English it must have been very confusing and stressful for them at times so I wanted to keep them close to me so they wouldn’t miss anything. I felt faint briefly I  think due to excitement and lack of any breakfast! After about 20 minutes we started moving further along till we got to the entrance of the photo shoot area and could see him in his gorgeous black shirt and flip flops greeting fans. My heart went into a major melt down but I somehow managed to kept it together.

At last was my turn, luckily Iain knew I was coming as I had told him in a previous letter and he recognised me straight away and wrapped his arms around me squeezing against his chest – Heaven!!! He was so warm. I literally could have stayed there forever. For our second photo he suggested standing behind me and wrapping his around me (holding my hands) again heaven. I usually hate photos of e but these were two of the best I have ever had taken. He smelt amazing too!!! I told him we had a present for him and I said I would give it to him later and he said ‘yeah sure’.

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The girls got their photos with Iain which were all wonderful and we all needed to calm down a bit first before making our way upstairs to Iain’s autograph area which was on the top floor. All the Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful guest were close together. We all noticed that Iain’s queue was already very long but we knew we had all day so we thought we would leave it until it quietened down a bit, of course it never did. He had a long line fans to meet all day. We did decide that we needed to see him though and went closer to were he was sitting to take photos. I took hundreds over the course of the day. He seemed very happy. We did eventually get a virtual Queue ticket. I think mine was 385 and stood in line. I think my heart rate must have gone up considerably by the time we were a few fans away from him. I was shaking and trying to get my camera, poster and fan book in order. Jo kindly offered to record it on my camera and did an amazing job. Iain was so lovely as always when I gave him the fan book. He loved it and started flicking through it. I told him a little bit about it and was really touched. He asked me where I wanted to sign on my poster and what colour pen to use. He noticed my Ser Jorah’s Army wristband and said he thought they were fantastic! When we parted he held my hand for a second to say goodbye and I went over to Jo feeling all shaky again.

I spent the rest of the afternoon meeting the other guests. Harry Treadaway was so gorgeous and very friendly. I really wanted to meet Rose Leslie but her queue for autos was also very long and she spent so much time talking to each fan that she didn’t get to see a lot of them.

We said our goodbyes late afternoon and Jo and I left together. The train journey home was much longer than on the way there. I couldn’t believe the amount of time we spent lugging our suitcases to different platforms and being sent to the wrong platforms by the station staff. That was a workout in itself.

I realised because I was so involved in meeting the guests that I didn’t take any time out to look at the stalls so that is something I will make time for this year.

Highlights

  • My photo shoots with Iain. Cuddling Iain in my photo shoot photos. It was his idea to squeeze me from behind in the second photo. Feeling him so close to me in the first photo was heaven!
  • Giving Iain the fanbook we had made for him. He was so thrilled and said he would reply to me as soon as he could.
  • Iain squeezing my hands as we parted. I was very lucky he personalised my poster for me as he had a sign above him saying that he wouldn’t be able to due the numbers of fans wanting to meet him.
  • When I met Harry Treadaway I lost it a bit and blurted out that I loved him and his work and he told me he loved me too!!
  • Telling Harry Treadaway that I was building a website to support his career. He was also very touched and told me he would love to see it when it is running.
  • Tim McInnerny signed my Blackadder box set with a quote I had given him by his character Percy in series 2 which he enjoyed writing.
  • Iain wearing flip flops!!!
  • Spending my day with Daniela, Helga, Jo, Julia and Kerstin
  • Jo’s fantastic Daenerys costume.
  • Getting home, putting my feet up and having a nice cup of tea.

Lowlights

  • The only complaint I have is that it was unbelievably hot on the first 3 floors. Sweltering in fact which made it very uncomfortable at times with so many people but meeting the guests that day made up for it.
  • Natalia Tena and Charles Dance cancelling their attendance
  • On Saturday afternoon I stupidly sat down against a wall not realising that I had sat on a spilt cup of coffee which soaked into my jeans around my bum so I looked like I had had a very messy accident.

For the rest of the photos click here: London & film comic con 2015 photos

All photos are my own.

Thank you @danygonebad @JuliaFernbau @dabogermany @ErdbeerRei for your company and friendship this weekend.

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admin   July 26th, 2014   No Comments

Well I can honestly say this was one of the best celebrity meetings in my life and I’ve had quite a number of them. As some of you may know I suffer with anxiety particularly when travelling at times and had actually had a really bad night the night before feeling unwell and had had no sleep. Even on the day when my dad was driving me to High Wycombe my stomach was churning and I was worried that if I had a an anxiety attack whilst there on my own how would I cope but somehow I made myself do it and gosh I am so glad I did.

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We were actually the first to arrive 20 minutes before it opened so I sat in the grass under a tree trying to settle my mind down and wondering how the day was going to pan out. When I got my ticket I walked round to find a good spot which happened to be just in front of the main cricket club house. I had only been sitting there for about 5 minutes and I noticed car pull up behind the house. You could see in and out of the other side and I saw Iain walk into the club house and disappeared.

A short while later Iain came outside to join a small group of other cricket players and lit a cigarette. He was wearing a short sleeved green shirt and shorts. He was standing right next to me chatting and then the other guys started talking amongst themselves for a while and he just looking a round so I thought right now is the time.

I said ‘Hi Iain’ and he looked down at me and gave me a lovely smile and said ‘Hi nice to meet you’. I said ‘I’m Sarah and I’m a huge fan of you and have come just to see you play today’ He said ‘Oh thank you’ I said ‘is it possible to have a photo taken with you at some point today. He said ‘yes of course any time, anytime you want’ I then said I also have a letter for you. I told him that I had spent some time creating a website on him and it had become quite popular and I would love to know he thought of it. ‘He said ‘really WOW thank you so much, what‘s it called’ and then I forgot my own sites name and stumbled over my words!! I eventually managed to get out Iainglenfans.org but I said the address is in the letter. He said ’yes I will definitely look at it’. I asked if we could have the photo taken now and he said ‘sure’ so I asked another of the actors if they would mind taking the photos of us which he was happy to do. Iain had a fag in one hand and his other arm round me.

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Afterwards I thanked him again and gave him my letter and left him to himself. He wondered about a bit, chatted on his phone. I could take my eyes off him and his lovely tanned legs. He was so friendly to everyone, introducing himself and generally being gorgeous. I also noticed his earring which I had never seen before. It kind of suited him. He then went back in to the club house with the other players to get changed. In the meantime I was having a small fit that I had just met him and he had had his arm round me.

Shortly afterwards he came back out with the other actors and had a warm up before the match. It was getting pretty hot by then and I should have moved into the shade but I couldn’t take my eyes off him and so didn’t move. A mistake I do now regret.

He was actually very good at Cricket. He bowled very well and caught a lot of balls. I just sat there clicking away on my camera which has a fab zoom on it and was able to get lots of close photos. I have taken a number of video clips as well of Iain playing cricket and one of him during the break talking to someone. The actors bowled first and this went on for an hour and a half and then there was a break. When he came up the steps towards me he glanced at me and I clapped him and said ‘Well done Iain’ and he smiled and winked at me.

It was at this point that my arms were starting to burn and did not have any suntan lotion so I moved myself onto a seat in front of the commentators out of the sun. When Iain came out he was smoking and sat on the seat that I had been sitting on. This lady came over and chatted to him for a while hence the photos of him sitting on the bench.

After 25 minutes of a break they all went back out to play again which went on for another hour at least. Then at lunch time he came off the pitch and went into the cricket house and disappeared for quite a while and then I suddenly noticed he had been joined by his lovely family.

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After lunch it was the Actors turn to bat but Iain must have not been on for quite some time because he stayed with his family. My mum had arranged to pick me up at 4.30pm and it 4pm when the actors had just started batting. So I didn’t actually get to see the end of the match, I don’t know who won but at 4.20pm I noticed Iain had moved away from his family and was watching the match whilst sitting chatting to a friend. I really want him to sign my poster of him in Fortunes Fool early this year but I wasn’t sure whether to approach him so I watched for a while and then picked my moment. I tapped him on the shoulder and said’ Hi Iain, I’m going to be shooting off now but I wondered if you would mind signing this poster for me and he ‘yes of course’ He said ‘it’s Sarah’ isn’t it’ ahhhhhh he remembered my name!! I said ‘yep’. He signed the poster with a little kiss on it and said again ‘it was so lovely to meet you’ and I said ‘you too Iain’ thanks for today, take care’ and then I left him and walked away.

It was so hard walking away from him and I kept glancing over at him as I walked back to the car park. My dad was waiting for me in the car park and when I got into the car I realised how badly sunburnt I was. My arms have been hell over the last 2 days and I haven’t been able to sleep since because they are still so sore but it was so worth the pain. Best day EVER and my anxiety was fine so I was so proud of myself for make myself face it and do it!

You can see the rest of the photos here Word & Wickets – Iain Glen


admin   February 15th, 2014   No Comments

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As Iain Glen is my ultimate guy I was mega excited to discover he was treading the boards on the London stage again at the Old Vic but also alongside another of my faves Alexander Vlahos (Mordred in Merlin). Reviews for this show looked fantastic and as I hadn’t been to see show for a while I was really looking forward to it.’ Glen gives a leading performance of pain, intelligence and great technical accomplishment, while the rest of a strong cast includes Alexander Vlahos as the priggish new husband, a government official, and a fussing housekeeper.’

The show was fantastic even without Iain. Our seats were originally in the balcony but we were moved to stalls in the middle – a much better view. The story was easy to follow and everyone played their part well. I was totally gutted that Iain wasn’t there but was still really glad I saw it. The understudy did a great job as Iain’s replacement.

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Unfortunately he pulled out of the show towards the end of the run due to illness so my excitement was crushed. No one knows the nature of his illness but I really hope he recovers very soon.

Luckily I had my second reason for going Alexander!

Meeting Alexander was a great experience. He is a very approachable and friendly guy. My mate and I had only been standing at the stage door a few moments and he practically bounced out of the theatre door. I had asked my mate to take a few photos of us talking and together and for reasons I can’t explain he decided to dart around Alex taking photos like some kind of paparazzi guy. Alex said to me ‘Who’s this guy’ and I laughed and said that that’s mate. I don’t know why he’s acting like that I only asked him to take a couple of photos for me. We both laughed.

I had written him a letter telling him about the website I was building for him to support his career and I know he is a Doctor Who fan so I had bought him a mug with a tardis in it and on it. He was very sweet and thanked me for my gift and said he would open it when he got home.

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I told I him I loved the play and how great it was to see him on the stage. I asked if he would mind signing a couple of things for me. My Fortune’s Fool poster and we had a few photos together. By this time there were another couple of girls waiting for him. I recognised them from the stage door at Mojo. He said he looked forwarded to seeing the website when it was complete and thanked me again for coming to see the show.

The following evening I had this gorgeous tweet from him saying thank you for the gift and coming to the show. He took a photo of himself holding my mug! Bless.

See the rest of the photos here


admin   January 6th, 2014   No Comments

Having been rather successful meeting Colin Morgan earlier in the year when I saw The Tempest at the Globe theatre I thought I would try my luck a few times during the run of Mojo the play at the Harold Pinter theatre. This was quite unique in that the play’s cast brought together a number of fandoms who’s paths had never crossed before.

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The play is a black comedy set in London’s Soho, a gangster plot that tells the story of this particular night club’s culture. Would-be rock ‘n’ roll star ‘Silver Johnny’ is on the road to fame and fortune during the summer of 1958, but encounters problems with his jealous manager, Ezra, the owner of the Atlantic Club, who is hell-bent on protecting him from the amorous advances of creepy local gangster/entrepreneur Sam Ross. Skinny, a member of Johnny’s group, and one of the club’s pill-popping employees, discovers Ezra sawn in half in separate dustbins, and Ezra’s ambitious associate Mickey announces that Ross intends to take over the Atlantic Club. I had not heard of the play before so was not expecting the violence and swearing which I am not a fan of, however I loved the cast who are all fabulous actors and enjoyed watching the individual performances. I saw the play twice and found the second viewing was needed to fully understand the plot.

I think on the whole very lucky when it comes to meeting casts at stage doors. You can spend hours waiting for an actor sometimes in awful weather to find they arrived earlier or have gone in through another entrance to avoid the rush of photo seekers and autograph hunters.

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I am usually able to get a good sense if someone is really okay to sign a programme, have a photo taken or say hello and those that really just want to go home after a draining performance and bare it in mind before approaching someone although I have found that the actors I like have all been really lovely engaging people who enjoy meetings their fans.

The same can be said for the main cast of Mojo: Rupert Grint, Colin Morgan, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Coyle, Daniel Mays & Tom Rhys Harries who were all wonderful with the fans. Not all of them came out after every show but were great with the fans that were lucky enough to meet them. Colin who although very sweet struck me as being rather shy and looked overwhelmed at times when lots of fans crowded around and were pushing to get close to him.

My first attempt I missed Colin who went in through the main theatre entrance but caught Ben. I was able to give Ben my present and get my programme signed by him. He was very sweet and thanked me for my gift. I got a good number of photos as he was signing for other fans.

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On my second attempt Colin suddenly appeared from a back street and walked towards the stage door. I was the first to speak to him and he seemed really surprised at my gift and very grateful. He signed my ‘The Tempest’ poster with my name whilst my friend took a couple of photos of me talking to him. A number of fans who had been standing on the corner of the road all screamed when they saw him and came running down the road towards us. I think Colin signed a few autographs and then went in. I was desperate to get a photo with Colin but he often seems reluctant to with lots of fans around which is understandable so I didn’t ask him for one.

I popped back to theatre after work that evening and spent a stupid amount of time waiting at the stage door in the freezing cold. Rupert came out for a smoke during the interval. He was incredibly sweet. I got a photo with him and he signed my programme. He was very approachable and we talked about the show and illness within the cast and how bad it had been.

The winter vomiting bug had swept through the cast and crew over the previous week and poor Daniel Mays was one of its victims. He bravely managed to get through the entire first half and a small part of the second whilst having to leave every 15 minutes to vomit off stage before the understudy took over.

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I waited till after and the show saw Colin leaving via the main entrance of the theatre. I was able to get a couple of flyers signed for friends who are huge fans but were not able to make the show. He was really sweet but looked tired so I didn’t keep him for long. There was a lady next to me who was desperate for Colin to sign what I think was a Merlin themed something. I couldn’t actually see what it was but he kept refusing her saying he couldn’t sign it as it wasn’t official Mojo merchandise but she kept asking him and he kept refusing and apologising. He even offered to sign something else for her but I don’t think she took him up on his offer I didn’t see.

Last night of the play

This was an EPIC night and totally exhausting as I was one of many who had been standing outside the theatre since about 10.30am on the final morning. To cut a long story short after many hours of waiting at the stage door the barriers finally went up at about 9.45pm. There was a huge and predictable tussle and rush to get to the front of them and sadly there were many fans joining the main group much later on during the day who pushed their way to the front whilst others were there for many hours and struggled to get any near the front of the barriers but that is the way it goes.

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All cast members came out and I think everyone in the front row feel very crushed. I managed to get my programme signed by everyone. I took some great photos and video clips on the guys who stayed for quite some time. I was able to thank Colin, Ben and Rupert for their time and great performances to which they were all grateful. I was happy to get out of the crush to let others in. I stayed for a while after the cast ha finished signing and noticed Colin and Rupert being escorted by a number of security guys to the pub opposite the theatre whilst being surrounded by fans.

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Many fans around the world contributed to a fan book put together by a couple of fans for the cast full of stories, photos and drawings and memories of meeting the cast and the play. It was a fantastic run and a few months I will never forget.

See the rest of the photos here


admin   July 4th, 2013   No Comments

Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit  and his deformed slave Caliban. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this perfidious brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach.

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Imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment.

The Globe is an amazing little theatre. Open air full of atmosphere and beautiful inside. It was the first time I had visited the Globe and I loved every second of it. Again we were graced with good weather and standing near the front row was fantastic. You really felt you were part of the play.

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My friend and I had seen the play a few weeks back and had gone to the stage door to find ourselves at the back of lots of fans and not even get a glance of Colin so we decided to go to the stage door only this time. We turned up an hour and a half before the performance ended and sat by the steps in front of the stage door gates. We were the first fans there. We saw Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) come in and out and then in again to the theatre.

About 45 mins before the play ended fans started turning up including two female fans with 2 gorgeous black dogs called Merlin and Arthur. Eventually as the play ended everyone rushed to the stage door. At one point I thought Colin was not going to come out because the security were asking us to move back onto the road and of course no one was moving this went on for a while but suddenly I saw him walking towards us with a couple of people.

He came out of the gates and greeted me first. He said hello to me but and started to sign my Colin artwork (attached). Seriously my heart stopped (not for the first time) and in my panic I totally forgot to say anything to him.

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Luckily an opportunity came a short while later when he also signed a Tempest postcard for me. I was standing right next to him. I said to Colin ‘thanks for such a wonderful show Colin, it was really great to see you on the stage’ and he looked straight into my eyes and said ‘so thank you so much I really glad you enjoyed it’. Again my heart went *THUD* He was really very sweet and patient with everyone. You can see by pretty much all the photos that have been posted since he started the play how happy seems to be to meet fans. Always smiling. Between us my friend and I took 133 photos of Colin close up and there isn’t one where he isn’t smiling.

I loved the fact that Colin asked the people at the front (including me) that had stuff signed to kindly move aside to let those further back to the front to see him which I thought was sweet although it was impossible at one point to move atall let alone out of the group of fans we were to squashed together.

I was lucky that it was a really lovely day and the weather was perfect.

For more photos click here The Tempest: Colin Morgan photos


admin   June 4th, 2013   No Comments

Play is about Joe Keller is your average, hardworking family man, who harbours a secret that threatens to shatter the very household he has built his life on. His son Larry went missing-in-action three and a half years ago, around the same time Joe was embroiled in a scandal which led to the death of 21 pilots and the imprisonment of his business partner. Now, as his other son Chris announces his decision to marry his dead brother’s fiancee, Joe is forced to confront the actions he took in order to allow his son to live free from guilt.

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 I was lucky enough to see this fantastic play with a wonderful cast including Tom Mannion (better known as Steve Harland in Emmerdale). It was the first time I had been to the Open air theatre, Regent’s Park and it was a wonderful experience. Although pretty cold and drizzily by the second half I ended up having to cover myself with a poncho. We had been told by the staff before the play that the cast had to endure several downpours during their first week and were drenched throughout most of the play but battled through.

All my sons was very moving and traumatic particularly towards the end as it built up to the final couple of scenes. After the play ended my friend and I waited at the bar area hoping to catch Tom Mannion leave. I spied him on the phone at the other end of the bar and patiently waited until he had come off the phone to ask if I could have a photo and a signature. He was very nice and was happy to do both. We had a short chat about the play and I told him how much I liked him in Emmerdale. I think he was meeting someone so we left him by the bar.

It was a lovely night and definitely a theatre I would want to visit again.

For more photos click here All my sons – Tom Mannion gallery


admin   May 18th, 2013   No Comments

About the play

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life ? it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.

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I have been desperate to meet Nathaniel Parker for years so I was delighted when I found out he was to be starring in ‘An Audience’ with Helen Mirren at the Gielgud theatre. I loved the play. It was a fantastic cast each giving their own portrayal of a former Prime Minister. Helen Mirren gave a fantastic performance as you would expect.

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I met Nat twice during the run and on both occasions he was very gracious and kind. Even more good looking in the flesh than on TV. My first meeting with him was very brief as he was late arriving and I was late for work so I have him my letter and told him I had a surprise for his birthday which he seemed pleasantly surprised about.

On my second visit it was his birthday so I had bought him some cakes and a card to which he was very appreciative and mentioned it in his official website blog. Nat played former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and I told him that I worked for a number of cabinet minister’s in my life including John Prescott was one was them. He told me he was a big fan of Gordon Brown. I told him how much I loved the show and how good he was at Gordon’s facial expressions. He was very happy to pose for photos with myself and my great friend @elsiepledge. There were a good number of fans there but Helen Mirren turned up in the middle of us talking to Nat so there was a sudden rush of people to get to her.

For more photos click here An Audience – Nat Parker

 


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Guess who I met last night?? The lovely Daniel Radcliffe! 8 hours of being in a queue with fans pushing in paid off. It was quite a scrum at times. Lots of fans sat outside the stage door of the Noel Coward theatre on the ground until the show started, then a security team started putting barriers up around the stage door. They asked us to move to the other side of the pathway so we were standing against the wall of the other theatre and there we sat/stood and waited until the show ended.

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Myself and friends had got there before most but you sadly often get lots of fans trying to push in and this occasion was no exception. We were able to stay together and by the time the show ended the security team asked each one of us to step forward and tell him we were excited and calm in a jokey way and let each of us one by  one to the barriers so I was at the front in the middle of a very large group of fans.

By the time Daniel came out everyone went crazy and the pressure of everyone pushing forwards onto us in the front row was really scary at times. I thought at one point that the barriers may go over. One poor girl had to be lifted over the barrier as she started to have a panic attack. Daniel made his way round everyone. He was really sweet, patient and funny.

I took as many photos as I could. He signed both my programmes (Equus and TCOI) and even took a picture of me and him together using my camera. He said he getting good at taking ‘selfie’ photos. night. I told him I had loved the show and Equus when I saw it years ago. He kept saying thank you. He looked very tired and still had make up on his face.

Daniel spent as much time as he could with us and then disappeared as quickly as he has appeared. The crowds dispersed really quickly after he went and we were able to breathe again. It was a fab night.

For more photos click here – The Cripple of Inishmaan – Daniel Radcliffe

 


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Firstly I have to say an enormous thank you to Neil Dudgeon for making this a wonderful trip and evening. In my friend Donna’s words ‘it couldn’t have been more perfect and gone so well’ – such true words. Secondly I also have to say a huge thanks to Lynn McKnight who works on the ‘Life Of Riley’ show and actually made it all possible for us to meet Neil. You’re a star!

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Donna and I arrived in Glasgow mid afternoon and made our way to the hotel, luckily for us the hotel we were staying at was just across the river from the BBC so only a few minutes walk to get there.

We had previously arranged to meet Lynn in reception and for her to pass on our flowers to Neil an hour or so before the recording. Lynn seemed really nice when she greeted us and took the flowers from me. I mentioned to her that I had written to Neil on a couple of occasions late last year and not had a reply so I wasn’t sure if he had even received them. I had already told Lynn about the ND.net website and said that I had asked Neil in my letter if he would mind the website being officially endorsed by him. I asked Lynn if Neil was likely to leave from the main exit and that we hoped to catch him after the recording. Lynn said she thought he probably would leave via the main entrance and that she would mention my letters to him when she gave him our flowers. We thought this seemed quite positive but was not prepared for what was about to happen.

About 10 minutes after Lynn had collected the flowers from us Donna said OMG Neil’s coming down the stairs with Lynn!! I tried to compose myself and hide my excitement which I did reasonably well I thought. Neil greeted me with a smile and said ‘hello’ and I said ‘Hi’. He said ‘thank you for the lovely flowers’ and ‘So you’ve come all the way from London to see me’ and I said ‘yes’. I told Neil that I had written to him a couple of times before and not heard back from him and he said ‘yeah Lynn said you’d written a number of times’. He did say that it sometimes takes his agency a while to pass then onto him. I said ‘well the reason I wrote to you is because I have created a website to support your career and he said ‘yeah so I hear’ and I said I was wondering how you would feel about it being officially endorsed by you’ he said ‘YEAH SURE’!!! He was unbelievable sweet and incredibly easy to talk to. He asked what the website address was and said’ Do you want me to log and say Yay to it’ and I said I did if he wouldn’t mind. I remembered that I had written him another letter with some suggestions of things for the site should he say yes to the endorsement of it and the URL was in the letter. He asked me to write my postal address on the envelope and said he had some stuff he could send me for the site so I sat at the table writing my address which gave Donna the opportunity to chat to him about the weather etc. I gave him my letter and told him about the number of visitors we had to the site and all the wonderful feedback we’d had from fans. He was really funny and was saying ‘stop it stop it – no carry on’!!! lol He was beaming at me and I was beaming back at him it was quite funny to watch

I then asked if we could have some photos and we posed for them (see below). He has a very firm grip especially on my arm (I’m not complaining he was lovely to cuddle). Infact we had quite a number of photos taken each with Neil and then a few with all 3 of us together. I think we had him to ourselves for at least 10-15 mins which was so surreal I had envisaged a horrible rush and scramble to catch him when he left after the recording and as this was the last recording of the series it was a ‘one chance situation’.

Soon after it was time for him to go he told us he hoped we would enjoy the show and said he would check out the site and get in touch.

As he was leaving he held my hands and plucked up the guts to smile and say ‘gimme a kiss!!’ he smiled and kissed both cheeks he said’ We’ll say goodbye the continental way’ and kissed Donna too. And then he was gone. Donna and I sat in shock for a while until Lynn came back down to set up for the audience arrival to see the recording. She said ‘did that make your day?’ I rushed over to her and gave her a hug and said ‘it’s made my life’

The recording itself was fabulous, there was a cute warm up guy Stuart Goldsmith and watching Neil in between takes was fascinating and great to watch. Each scene was recorded twice so the whole recording took about 2 and a half hours. We had front row seats and had a fantastic view. The best bits are the mistakes the actors made forgetting their lines and there were a few of those. The evening went too quickly and before long it was time to leave. Donna and walked back to our hotel grinning like Cheshire cats. It’s been a week and a half since that night and I’m still on cloud nine.

For the rest of the photos click here Life of Riley – Neil Dudgeon


admin   September 16th, 2007   No Comments

As I work 5 minutes from The Duke of Yorks theatre it has been easy for me to attempt to meet Orlando Bloom. I think at the beginning I was thinking I would be lucky to get anywhere near him little did I know I would be lucky enough to meet him 14 times over the play’s 3 month run.

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In Celebration is about three brothers – Andrew, Colin and Steven – who return home to the northern roots of their childhood for a family reunion. Although they have returned to celebrate, the explosive complexities of family life and long-held grievances are unlikely to improve the chances of a decent party. It was Compelling and emotionally thrilling, it’s an exploration of family love and of how the consequences of best intentions can threaten to destroy treasured hopes and dreams.If I try and write every detail of all 14 visits it will take forever so I thought I would give you a summary and highlights.

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Firstly Orlando was wonderful if the play. I had never seen him in the theatre before and was interested to know how good he would be. Watching someone you like perform live is a funny thing. You are used to seeing them on the TV or at the cinema on a screen but for them to literally be right in front of you for 2 and a half hours is quite something. I had front row tickets and although I was looking upwards at the stage I could still had a fantastic view.

Throughout the whole run Orlando came out to greet fans after every performance and signed for as many people as he could. He spent a lot of time with the fans knowing that a lot had come from other countries to see him and the play. After the first week his security team seemed to have an organised system going. We got know the security quite well over this few months and I remember one of them telling me he was the nicest celebrity he had ever worked for.

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Lowlights

 Being trampled on by fans during my first visit. I spent 10 hours waiting for Orlando and when he finally came out there was such a crush of fans trying to get to him I was pushed out of the way and trodden on. End up going home with nothing but very bruised body!

After the last performance Orlando came out to greet fans as he usually did. Unfortunately an idiot driving by threw a bottle at him and it smashed not far from him. His security bungled him to his waiting taxi and that was that. His safety came first of course I felt for all those who had been waiting patiently for hours on end.

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After the day I was trampled on I went back to the theatre during my lunch break and gave a letter to a member of staff at the stage door for Orlando. I was pretty certain at that I wouldn’t get to meet him so I sent him an SAE with an ‘In Celebration’ flyer and a letter telling him what had happened the night before. I Digital StillCamerahonestly did not expect anything back so when I did 3 days later I couldn’t believe my luck. I got this amazing personally signed flyer from Orlando and 3 kisses!!!

Towards the end of the run I bought Orlando a book on Buddhism which I had given him the week before. I know he is a Buddhist so I thought it was a nice thank you for all his efforts. When he moved along the line of fans towards me I asked him if you had like the book. He bent down a bit and out his hand on my arm to hear me again as he didn’t catch what I had said. I asked him had received and liked the book I had bought him on Buddhism and he said ‘yeah thank you’.

He asked me if I practiced Buddhism and I said ‘yes I do’ (even though I don’t) it was the first thing that came into my head! He was then ushered along with the wave of fans and his security.

Highlights

Getting to see Orlando’s dog Sidi up close. Sidi often came to the theatre with Orlando. I got a couple of photos of him leaving the theatre for a walk with Orlando’s mother Sonia..

Making some lovely new friends waiting at the stage door including Rosie being one who was able to build a beautiful little bond with Orlando during those months.

The sheer number of amazing close up photos I was able to take was around the 350 mark. I was very lucky that other than the first time I failed to meet Orlando I managed to get up close to him every time. I managed to get a good number of signed flyers and theatre programmes for fans who couldn’t get to see the show.

All photos are my own.

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