A big part of last year was my continued work with the legendary Steven Berkoff.
After the success of the world premier of his play "6 Actors in Search of a Director" in London's West End, I went into the rehearsal room with Steve and Jay Benedict for an intense two month workshop for "An Actor's Lament" a new three hander play written by & starring Berkoff.
Our workshop process resulted in an unique piece of theatre with no set, costumes or props and everything mimed. With an awesome script in rhyming verse, it was a challenge to learn.
Bringing the character of Sarah to life proved the most rewarding experience. After a couple of secret try outs "out of town" to hone the script and staging, we previewed the play in Berwick before premièring at the main stage of Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival. An 850 seat thrust stage was exposing but the houses packed out & we had a rather marvellous run.
Berkoff has plans to take the play to a wider audience in 2014... as they say, watch this space!

★★★★★ From "The Times", August 8 2013:

Libby Purves

Let us not forget that Steven Berkoff has other talents than infuriating Twitter ladies in rash interviews.

His show in Edinburgh, which opened on his 76th birthday, is a glorious, iambically elegant rant about actors, playwrights, directors, audiences and — ahem! — critics. We are a “squalid mass of bilious scum, tone-deaf, half-blind, rejected hacks, meddling, grubby, half-baked Oxbridge dropouts” offering mass opinion for loutish editors.

It’s rather wonderful. I am in love at last with the pitiless phenomenon that is Berkoff at full throttle (though it may have been the lurid green snakeskin shoes that sealed the deal). In an hour of cascading, swooping free verse, with Jay Benedict as a suave playwright and Andrée Bernard as an actress, he plays the master and plays the fool. His mime training is parodied as he twinkles round the stage, lighting and inhaling invisible fags, bridling, flirting, taking and giving offence, half playful and half paranoid. They discuss The Theatre, sometimes agreeing, sometimes at one another’s throats. “The West End now a stately morgue, Chekhov once again exhumed..” A row erupts over whether actors give “muscle” to writing, or writers animate the empty shell that is an actor.

They agree about audibility , sentimentalise about Rep. Andrée Bernard, with a marvellously affected actressy slink, riffs about the soul of Clytemnestra but is currently understudying a soap actress in a potboiler.

They scorn directorial technology. “Take your toys and play with them at home! Direct the traffic, do the lights!” says Benedict, and Berkoff adds, “and please don’t make me take my knickers off!” They despise screen stars with their multiple takes, but in a bleak moment Berkoff says with a thousand-yard stare: “On stage you have one take! It takes all night every night! For years and years . . . Hamlet dies again tomorrow, matinee at three.”

There are beauties amid the bitching: an affirmation that for audiences in cramped seats, “ripped off by fat producers, overcharged for drinks”, the actor’s duty is to “carry them away”.
And when Berkoff speaks of playing Macbeth, “a murderer striding through your veins”, you shiver.



Steven Berkoff, Andrée Bernard & Jay Benedict, Edinburgh Aug 2013
Steven Berkoff, Andrée Bernard & Jay Benedict, Edinburgh Aug 2013
After first public rehearsal, Donald Sindon Theatre
Steven Berkoff & Andrée Bernard in "An Actor's Lament"
Only Fools & Horses Convention 2013


It was a trip down memory lane at the end of 2013 to be part of the Only Fools & Horses yearly convention held in Reading on 27th October 2013.



Only Fools & Horses Convention 2013


Thousands of fans turned up for memorabilia & photos to be signed. It was just brilliant to see so many fabulous acting faces and catch up with the cast.

I wish my character, Nervous Nerys, had been in more episodes but I'm so proud to have been a small part of the phenomenon that is Only Fools & Horses. The Multi Award Winning BBC Comedy Series stands the test of time and is still "one of the funniest things on the box" (as the numerous new young fans testify).

The writer John Sullivan & director Tony Dow started my career at the BBC; for that I am incredibly thankful. To learn the ropes of TV comedy with a live studio audience with David Jason & Nicholas Lyndhurst was priceless. And, of course, fond memories of the late, great Roger Lloyd Pack.

Only Fools & Horses Convention 2013




Steven Berkoff's premier of "6 Actors in Search of a Director" was at the Charing Cross Theatre, Summer 2012.

The cast along side Andrée were Neil Stuke, Philip Voss, Paul Trussell, Sarah Chamberlain, Jonathan Sedgwick and Ruth Everett. Inspired by the Pirandello play, Berkoff drew on his experiences of the lengthly waiting around on a film sets; six actors "trapped" together in a green room driving each other to distraction.

Here are some back stage photos...

6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
6 Actors in Search of a Director Backstage
Girls dressing room "6 Actors"