Miranda Harrison ~ [email protected]
CONTACT DETAILS and NEWS
CONTACT DETAILS and NEWS
'Vagina Monologues', Bread & Roses Theatre, 2016. Photo by Kenneth Jay
Agent: NorthOne Management
Playing age: 45–55
voiceover (corporate; charity; gaming). Member of Equity
I'm enjoying getting to know the character of Nina Boyle (1865–1943), journalist, suffragette, pioneer of the British women's police service. We only perform for one night: Mon 4 November. For more details and tickets for Policing Women (one of several short plays for Glass Splinters) please go to this link.
Rehearsing Policing Women, a new play as part of the Glass Splinters night at The Pleasance, Islington. The piece is set in 1915 and is a two-hander about the two real-life women (Nina Boyle and Margaret Dawson) who founded the Women Police Volunteers.
After a summer break, it was Page to Stage time again! We had an amazing line-up of scripts, actors, directors and industry panel at the September event. For full details of how a Page to Stage night works, please click here.
Delighted to be cast in this month's Liars League event (where stories are read by actors to an audience, in a pub, with sweets and a half-time quiz). I read Ray, by Sarah Nott, a quirky tale about a woman, her daughter, and her fox.
Busy with auditions and workshops. Also was delighted to be cast in a table-read for an exciting new film noir. I was narrating (utilising all those v/o skills), and it was being recorded for the US producers. We can't talk about the project at the moment, but it was great to be involved in this crucial stage of development.
I founded a theatre company! See Precipice Productions page. Our debut play - We're All Dead - was performed as part of the Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival. Lovely audience response. And June's Page to Stage was fun too, with a great creative team and a fab panel who gave insightful and encouraging advice to the writers.
In March I mentioned a commercial - it was for Royal London insurance, and I played a woman who walks her dog and does aerobics! It's now showing on various TV channels.
Took part in my first Stitchin' Fiction event. Six pieces are performed as rehearsed readings - but the actors turn up at 6pm with no idea of their roles or any knowledge of the plays. Brilliant fun! Photo: Performing The Ever Shorter Arm of the Law by Nial Urquhart; photo by Kiah Shabka Photography.
And I performed in a powerful piece about mental health - She's Not There - as part of the BITS season at The White Bear. I played a psychiatrist whose patience is ebbing. Meanwhile we had a great Page to Stage, with a wonderful panel, four interesting pieces of new writing, talented and hard-working directors and actors, and a really engaged audience. Huge thanks to all.
Recorded a v/o for Bletchley Park; and had a 2-day shoot
for a commercial - more news to follow!
Delighted to be performing in Death in Technicolour, a new musical comedy written for Briefs 20 at Waterloo East Theatre. I play Meredith, Office Manager in a law firm, who stuns her colleagues at the annual Christmas party.
Had several auditions and did a very interesting CD workshop
run by my branch of Equity this month. Enjoyed chairing this
month's meeting at N1 (NorthOne Management) in our new
offices, and organising the ensuing Christmas drinkies.
Organising and hosting this month's Page to Stage once again went very well - with four new scripts, a great team of actors and directors working hard to create the rehearsed readings, a wise and generous panel of industry experts, and a lively, engaged audience.
Thrilled to upload my newly cut showreel and sparkling new headshots, and to add some great new tracks to my voicereel. And I had a great time reading the twisted tale Another Mother by Michael Harris Cohen at Liars League (short stories read by actors, with a book quiz, bar and lots of laughs). It was recorded!
Had an amazing photo shoot with Nicholas Dawkes.
Having headshots taken is often a tense experience,
but he made it fun and was creative and engaged.
Here they are! Meanwhile, another great Page to Stage
was had this month. Many thanks to all those involved.
The perfect month to get my stuff together. Filmed two
new scenes to add to my showreel, recorded some new v/o
tracks for my voicereel, and booked in a session with
headshot photographer Nicholas Dawkes in September.
It was an honour to perform in Sunday's Child, a powerful new play about the impact of Clause 28. If you were around in the '80s the msemories come flooding back, and if you weren't you'll be stunned by what some people believed was acceptable only 30 years ago!
Voiceover work this month included a very moving narration about Syria, for an Arts Council-funded art piece entitled Eleven Impediments.
The June Page to Stage was a great night, with a wonderful panel of industry experts, a great creative team, and a really engaged audience. As one of the cast was hospitalised just before the event (they are fine now!), I was unexpectedly performing as well as hosting. Lovely to exercise those sight-reading skills.
Writers' submissions are open for the June Page to Stage.
It's always very difficult to choose only four...
Delighted to read two short stories in the latest Liars League event, where actors read stories to a grown-up audience! The evening was entitled 'small + beautiful', and was a fun night of brilliantly quirky mini stories. And I loved doing two Scaffold Shakespeare workshops this month - Henry IV Part I and Comedy of Errors. Brilliant fun cold-reading them, and then discussing themes afterwards. Meanwhile, the April Page to Stage went well, with a fab line-up of plays, performers, directors and an incredibly wise and generous panel! Huge thanks to everyone.
Been busy with auditions and workshops - all part of being
|a proud member of NorthOne Management. And now planning
has just started for the April Page to Stage - exciting!
Having had an amazing number of scripts submitted for the Feb Page to Stage, I had a challenge choosing four. But I managed! Hosting the event, at the usual venue of The Horse & Stables (SE1 7RW), I was so grateful to all those involved, who worked amazingly hard to create a fab evening.
Happy New Year folks! I've just signed up for an American
accents course at City Lity. Yeehaw! Meanwhile, planning is
now underway for the Feb Page to Stage.
Delighted to perform the powerful monologue The Ticket Barrier, by Richard Fitchett and directed by Rachel Creeger, as one of the plays featuring in the 5 Minute Festival at Stockwell Playhouse.
This month's Page to Stage featured scripts with all-female characters. Writers, directors and actors responded brilliantly to the challenge, and we had an amazing panel and enthusiastic audience. Huge thanks to everyone involved!
Got new headshots taken by the lovely Claire Grogan. Meanwhile, I'm starting to organise the next Page to Stage - the last one of 2017!
September's Page to Stage was a great evening! We had a large cast and a fab industry panel giving feedback to the writers.
Photo: Francesca Isherwood and Nathan Medina, Page to Stage, 20 Sept, The Horse & Stables, central London.
Delighted to attend a fab workshop co-run by Bechdel Theatre (Beth Watson) and the Thelmas (Maddy Moore). I hugely admire and support what they are doing (promoting women in theatre). A group of us spent a happy afternoon in Out of Joint's rehearsal room workshopping various scenes of new work written by women that passes the Bechdel test. Lovely to exercise the theatre muscles!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the bizarre story Colloquium ad Absurdum by Andreas Paraskevaides at Liars League (short stories read by actors, with a book quiz, bar and lots of laughs) - see photo. And we had a fabulous Page to Stage event this month, with four new scripts, a generous and constructive industry panel, a great team of actors and directors, and wonderful support from the audience.
Enjoyed filming an ad at the beginning of this month,
for German health company Doctorly. And looking forward
to various auditions, classes etc.
The April Page to Stage has sadly had to be cancelled,
so I'm now working on the next one. It will be on Weds 21 June
at the usual venue - The Horse & Stables, SE1 7RW. For more
details, see my PAGE TO STAGE: ABOUT page.
Having received a wonderful selection of scripts for the April
Page to Stage, I'm busy drawing up a shortlist. The four chosen
pieces will be announced shortly, after which there will be a
call-out for actors and directors. For regular updates, check out
the Page to Stage London facebook group.
Delighted to be reading decadent prose and poetry as part of a talk promoting new literary anthology, Decadence, at the wonderful Last Tuesday Society. And we had a fab evening at the February Page to Stage. Many thanks to everyone involved, from panellists to writers, directors to actors, and a very supportive audience.
Delighted to be the actor at Waterstones Piccadilly event The Haunted Library (left), reading selections from a newly published anthology of the same name. And at the 2016 Willesden Herald international short story awards, I read the winning entry – congratulations to Olga Zilberbourg for Love and Hair.
The final Page to Stage event of 2016 was a great one! Huge thanks to the directors and cast for their hard work and support of the event, to the panel for their constructive and encouraging feedback, and to the writers for sharing their work with us. For full details of how Page to Stage works, including links to where breakdowns, deadlines etc. are submitted, click here.
Photo: Rob Nicholas as Father and myself as Mother, trying to fathom their surreal lives in The Empire Builders (2-4 October, Hen & Chickens). Loved performing in this absurdist tragi-comedy set in 1950s France.
Rehearsing The Empire Builders (see October). Meanwhile the September Page to Stage was a great evening of exciting new writing, great direction and performances, a top-notch industry panel, and a wonderfully engaged and supportive audience.
Greatly enjoyed my second Women Redressed Festival, comprising eight short plays at The Park Theatre. I played Florrie (left), one of several generations of a London family of florists, in Skin by Sayan Kent. Lovely to perform at The Park – four years after I visited it being built (see Feb 2012 below). Meanwhile, delighted to have been cast in The Empire Builders - a French absurdist play that's not often performed in English.
Delighted to be part of the July 'Late' at the National Gallery, as one of 5 actors reading award-winning stories inspired by paintings in the collection. My story was a tale of unrequited love set amidst the heat of the jungle, inspired by Henri Rousseau's famous painting, Surprise! (right).
And I thoroughly enjoyed performing in Dinosaur Dreams (left), a powerful one-hour play about mental health. I played the mother of a young guy who had been sectioned. I learnt the script overnight, ready for 7 performances - the role had become unexpectedly available due to illness. (I'm glad to report that the original actor is on the mend.)
You never stop learning in this game! Did an excellent 3-day film techniques course with the wonderful David Penn, and a great 1-day TV comedy casting day with Sarah Hughes. Delighted to be part of the first DAW workshop - directors, actors and writers coming together to work on new pieces of writing. On Weds 22 it was the June Page to Stage.
Have just recorded some great tracks with Pure Digital Voices to update my voicereel. And in the spirit of upgrading, I'm working on re-doing my showreel (watch this space). Photo: Hannah Elsy took this pic of me, mid-flow, hosting a Page to Stage night.
This month's Page to Stage had record attendance - we just about managed to squeeze everyone in! Huge thanks to all those involved and who attended - it was a wonderful evening of theatre and supportive feedback. Meanwhile, I was delighted to take part in the 100th Liars League event, reading a fabulous 100-word story.
Performance shot from Norfolk, part of the Women Redressed series of plays at the Arcola Theatre - two women's friendship takes an unexpected turn. Photo, right: Programme page for High Seas, a new play performed as rehearsed readings at the Richmond Festival. I played the captain of a ship, brutally overseeing female resistance fighters from different periods of history.
Fulfilled a long-held ambition – performing in The Vagina Monologues! Fab cast and director, and wonderful (often moving) audience responses. All in all, an incredible sense of theatre making a difference. Photo: Performance shot of The Vagina Monologues, 7 Feb, Bread & Roses Theatre.
And we had another great Page to Stage evening, bringing together talented directors and actors to showcase exciting new writing. I was grateful once again to have a generous and constructive panel.
Delighted to be part of the first meetings of Siberian Lights(https://twitter.com/siberianlights4), a group of actors who have come together to tackle issues of how women are under-represented in the performing arts. Activities include play-readings - see pic fafter we read POSH (hilarious performances all round!).
Loved playing a police officer who can't think outside the rule book in Being John Barrowman, a rehearsed reading of new comedy by Tessa Hart at The Bread & Roses. And on 1 Dec really enjoyed taking part in the Lab Results Show of the London Playwriting Lab (more rehearsed readings). In one evening I went from punk rocker launching her comeback, to nervous academic who develops a taste for murder, to chilled-out Beatnik. Exhilarating!
Lots of voiceover work this month, including more audio for Cisco. Love working in the studio. Meanwhile, November's Page to Stage was a great evening, with fab pieces, direction and performances, an enthusiastic and engaged audience, and a wonderfully helpful and gracious panel.
Photo: Performing in the Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival, at Chelsea Theatre. I played the bumbling mayor in the comedic two-hander The Crooked Fork. There were lots of laughs, and a wonderful audience reaction.
The month began with the Deadline Theatre
challenge. At 10am, actors (cast by showreels)
saw the script for the first time; at 8.30pm we were performing off-book to a packed audience.
Photo: Rehearsal shot for More Than This, at the Clapham Fringe, 14–17 Sept. A comedy of relationships, I played a doctor going out with a (much) younger man. Brilliant fun. Meanwhile, the September Page to Stage event was a great evening, with a wonderful panel, and fab writing, directing and performing.
Photo: Here's the gang with whom I trained and rehearsed – with RSC actors Simon Trinder and Adjoa Andoh – in July (see below). We were also lucky enough to work with Jeanette Nelson, Head of Voice at the National. On 2 Aug we performed an ensemble version of The Merchant of Venice at The Swan Theatre, Stratford.
Living and breathing Shakespeare for a 2 week auditioned ICAT course (Independent Centre of Acting Training), run along the lines of RSC rehearsal practice – culminating in a performance in Stratford. Meanwhile, at the July Page to Stage we had wonderful input from panelists, writers, directors, actors and audience. And it was lovely to have complimentary feedback on the programming of the pieces and the casting.
The month began with more v/o work (repeat work for a
client needing clear audio for various communication apps),
included some excellent workshops and classes, and
concluded with a particularly fun audition!
Attended the first in a series of Samuel French-hosted workshops, with an excellent talk by Richard Evans. And we had a great Page to Stage this month. 3 fab panelists, 4 great scripts and a talented cast list of directors and actors – plus a brilliantly lively and engaged audience. Thanks to everyone for making it such a fun evening.
Planning May's Page to Stage. I have some wonderful panelists lined up, the scripts are chosen, and I'm currently casting. For more information on this new writing event, see Page to Stage.
Attended the Castathon at The Actors Centre – 10 mins
to talk to the CDs of your choice certainly focuses the mind!
Had some really interesting discussions. Did more v/o work this
month – voicing animated demos for Cisco (ensuring technological
concepts are explained clearly and helpfully). And hosted Page to
Stage at the Horse & Stables, the perfect venue for this new writing
event. The 4 pieces, ably directed and performed, received great
feedback from the panel.
Doe: Packed audience for Doe, featuring in the Unheard Festival at the Bread & Roses. I played Dee, abused and caught in a catch-22 scenario. Performed as a rehearsed reading, it included ensemble speaking (including soundscapes), dialogue and monologues.
The Mesmer: Script learnt in a handful of days, and performed on 2 nights to fantastic audiences. I played Mme Zeddmore, star of a stage show about a Victorian spiritualist. The lines between past and present, this world and the next, start to become blurred...
Photo: No White Mongoose for Wilma. Now rehearsing for The Mesmer (part of KimBo Theatre's 'See-Through' night and Doe (part of the Unheard Festival) – see pics above. Meanwhile, the January Page to Stage was a great success, with a fabulous panel and a great team of writers, directors and actors.