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
Summary: Actor (theatre, rehearsed readings; film, TV); voiceover (corporate; charity; gaming). Member of Equity
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, 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 having researched many headshot photographers sI booked in a session with 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. Scripts deadline is Mon 29 Jan.
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!).