View From Here: Northern Ireland 2nd February 2017
We're thrilled to announce that our writers have been confirmed and the directors and cast are almost in the rehearsal rooms together. Keep an eye out at www.viewfromherefestival.com for more details
View From Here 8th August 2016
Less than a week to go before View From Here officially opens (!!!). We've got some incredible writing, directing and acting being showcased, and I'm so excited and proud to be involved.
Our crowdfunder is still up and going strong, so if your wallet is feeling a little heavy it would be very wonderful of you to head on over there and give us a few pounds to help us to reach our target.
Today we started our week at the Changing House for our Tron Lab. This opportunity gives us five fully-funded days of exploration and play in the studio space at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. It is a time to discover what this piece is, and to try to wade through the murky cloud of ideas that have been building up in our heads. For four days Claire Willoughby, Eszter Marsalkó and I will be working with Ian Cameron (performer), Annie Hiner (designer), Matt Collings (sound designer) and Simon Hayes (lighting designer) to explore the different ways that design and physicality can bring this piece to life - we hope to have a sharing on the final day, Friday, which will be a little taster of what's to come.
I'm really excited about this project and I can't wait to see what happens next.
The Little Match Girl/Moon on a stick 22nd November 2015
Merry Christmas everyone!! Too early? Not for me - I've been rehearsing a lovely little christmas show for over a month now & I'm looking forward to its big opening on the 5th December.
It's my first time working with Moon on a Stick, although not my first time working with director Alice Sillett who cast me as Miranda in The Tempest last summer. There's three talented actresses in the cast, lots of beautiful original puppets, and all live music to accompany this light-hearted take on the grim original story. The tour is going all over the UK, and there are some London dates (details here) however they're selling out pretty steadily, so get on it if you'd like to come along!
We're also very excited to be offering five relaxed performances - in Sutton, Bedford, Camberwell, Norwich and Trowbridge. For these performances we keep in gentle and informal, with the lights on and a meet and greet with the performers and puppets beforehand.
NIGHTINGALES @ ILLUMINATE 16th March 2015
Nightingales, my first devised piece, is having a second outing! This time as part of Illuminate festival @ New Wimbledon Studio theatre. Illuminate is: "A new and exciting theatre festival unveiling Wimbledon's best kept secret. Celebrating both emerging and established small-scale theatre, Illuminate presents an eclectic range of theatre and entertainment you won't want to miss." Nightingales will be showing on the 14th & 15th April, and we are all extremely excited to get it back in front of an audience again.
"In 1987, Lydia and Isabel were born, and they've spent the last 27 years using their bodies to eat, move, laugh, dance, sweat, and throw punches. Now they're using them to make a performance together (the first one since 1993, this time without the barbies) to try to understand the power that our bodies have and the ways they can and can't speak for themselves. Using live foley, multimedia, movement and storytelling, this work-in-progress performance reconstructs the performers' personal body histories to explore the complicated relationship that women have with their anatomy; to begin to pull together the lost voices of the women we encounter every day."
I'm excited to announce that I will be presenting a work-in-progress performance of this piece, along with composer and sound designer Lydia Samuels, on the 26th January at 9am as part of Big Burns Supper 2015.
Some of the amazing feedback I got for Nightingales at Camden People's Theatre
Thanks to all those who came to see Nightingales at Camden People's Theatre - it was a complete sell-out and we received some lovely reviews for the show in person and on social media. I was overwhelmed by the positive reception, and really excited for the future of the show. I hope to continue to work on it, and we have plans to take it to a couple of festivals next year!
In the meantime, I've got some brilliant news that I'll be divulging sometime next week...
Nightingales at Camden people's theatre 23rd August 2014
I am really excited to confirm that Nightingales will be showing at Camden People's Theatre this October, as part of their feminist theatre festival, "Calm Down, Dear".
This is the second year that they will be doing the festival. Last year some incredible artists showed their work (including: Bridget Christie, Alan Bissett, Sara Pascoe and Rosana Cade), so I'm really honoured and pleased that I've been given such a great opportunity.
I'm in the process of fine-tuning the latest changes to the piece at the moment, and I'm hoping to bring in an outside director over the course of rehearsals in September to really get it polished.
In the meantime, tickets can be bought here (there's an early bird offer that means all tickets booked before the 5th September for the Autumn season are £9), and as I'm in a double bill with another show on before me, you can see both shows for £18!
DIY:11 2014 - "Raising the skirt" workshop & performance 31st July 2014
A few days ago I got some really exciting news - that I will be joining the performance artist Nicola Canavan, and 20 odd other fantastic women, in Newcastle at the end of August to create a piece of art that celebrates reclaiming the power of the female body. I can't wait to meet everyone, share our stories, and begin to explore all of the ideas surrounding the piece. It will be an amazing and inspirational weekend.
The Tempest Reviews 29th July 2014
Over the past week we've had some more great reviews for The Tempest come in, including 4*s from WhatsOnStage, Everything Theatre and Remote Goat (detailed below). Most importantly audiences seem to love it too, and we've been getting fantastic responses from those who come to see it.
There have been quite a few independent theatre reviewers/bloggers writing about the show as well, with some very kind words to say about my performance:
"Isabel Sharman (Miranda) was consistently adorable and naive, bringing a more innocent and elfin quality to the role. She and Ferdinand...play a more central role in this production and their chemistry was lovely to watch." (westendwilma.com)
"In another surprising revelation, Miranda is one of the best characters. This isn't usually one of the standout parts, but Sharman's portrayal of her innocence, optimism and inherently kind nature makes for a well-developed character we can't help but like. She also brings humour with her discovery of the opposite sex - there's a naivety and warmth which makes this Miranda so very special." (viewsfromthegods.co.uk)
REMOTE GOAT REVIEW 18th July 2014
We received a fantastic 4* review from Remote Goat today for The Tempest, who seemed to love our crazy, eclectic take on the play. I even got a lovely mention, described as: "particularly likeable as Miranda, lending naivety and cutesiness in just the right measure".
Huge thanks to Venetia from Remote Goat for coming along to see us! I'm so glad she enjoyed herself.
The Tempest 2nd July 2014
I'm extremely excited to be playing Miranda in Tree Folk Theatre's summer production of The Tempest at The Cockpit Theatre, showing from the 15th July to the 3rd August (no Monday performance, Sunday matinees).
Rehearsals started at the beginning of June, and I'm already entirely absorbed into Prospero's magical island, together with the rest of the cast. In particular, I'm looking forward to the prospect and potential of working with puppets again, under the watchful eye of director Alice Sillett.
FILMING 1st July 2014
Since the beginning of this year, I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic filmmakers, including graduates from UAL and Met Film School, and it's been a really rewarding experience.
Last week I finished pick-ups on short film, "Indefinite Leave", with the talented guys at BlurredRed. It was a professional (and hilarious!) shoot, and I absolutely loved working with the other actors Michael Amariah, and Johnny Vivash, as well as the brilliant crew. I managed to sneak a peak at a rough edit before I finished for the night, and I'm looking forward to seeing the polished result in a few months time.
GRADUATION 20th June 2014
Today my official transcript finally arrived in the post from the University of Greenwich, and I'm very happy to say that I graduated from the MA course at ALRA, with a Distinction.
PORNOGRAPHY - UPDATE 10th October 2013
Tickets for all nights of Pornography at Waterloo East have now sold out! To check availability on the day call the theatre directly, or just show up to take advantage of any returns.
PORNOGRAPHY 29th September 2013
Tickets for the ALRA Postgraduate student's public show, Pornography by Simon Stephens, have now gone on sale! The performance will be at Waterloo East from the 23rd - 26th October at 7.30pm
I'll be playing Lisa in Scene 6 and "Karen" (or "chicken lady" as we affectionately call her), and will also be part of the ensemble.
Pornography is directed by Elisa Amesbury
GUILT - SHORT FILM 29th August 2013
I'm excited to announce that I've been cast as Annie in Guilt, a short film written and directed by Edward Way, a fellow Postgraduate at ALRA.
The film surrounds, Will, a young man struggling not only with the end of his relationship, but also with mental health issues which begin to isolate him from the outside world. The producers are hoping to enter the film into the international short-film circuit, and the final film will be donated to beat, a charity that aims to support young people and adults in their fight against eating disorders.
At the moment I'ms spending my time in rehearsals with some of the actors and facilitators from Emergency Exit Arts in preparation for my involvement, along with the rest of the Postgraduate year from ALRA, with Spin Cycle.
Spin Cycle is unlike any other show that you've seen - part physical theatre, part musical, part street theatre extravaganza, Spin Cycle is a show for the people, and it's bringing the fun to you! Making it's way through the outer boroughs of London throughout Autumn, the "Spinners" of Spin Cycle, and the "Extreme Fans" of the show, want to carry you away to the amazing, incredible world of Phil Fullman and his topsy-turvy Gameshow.
And the best part is - it's free!
7th September - The Albany, Giffin Square, Deptford, SE8 - 3pm
14th September - Tara Arts, Earlsfield, SW18 - 7pm
21st September - Trinity Square, Hounslow High Street/ Montague Road TW3 -3pm
28th September - St Ann's Street Junction with Station Road, Harrow HA1 - 4pm
26th October - Millfield Arts Centre, Enfield - 4pm