All posts by Jo Marriott

Jo with Simon Pegg

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So sorry in the delay in posting a new report, things picked up pretty quickly and l got swept up in it all.

Ok so lets start where I left off last post. The HSBC photo shoot seemed to have gone well as apparently one of my images was a featured one but can I for the life of me find it on the web! I will keep looking but its a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Again another trip up to Hull for more filming on Humber City, this time working with the lovely Sophie Aldred who played the doctors assistant Ace from Dr Who. She was very sweet and a pleasure to work with. Also got to help out with the lovely Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues )scenes and looked after him for a couple of days before he headed to Memorabilia where we was a guest signer. Very sweet and was fun taking him to Cadbury World and he re-enactors market.

Jo and Sophie AldredJo and Sophie

Still a couple more scenes to film and then done!

Easter saw me performing at Dover Castle for the combined St Georges and Easter weekend. Lots of fun with storytelling and children activities. Then following weekend on the actual St Georges day I was at Woburn Centre Parcs alongside St George for a lovely relaxed walkabout appearance reminding people what day it was!

A great appearance as a Stormtrooper at the London Guildhall to help welcome over 700 guests to a large evening event. To top it all the guest of honour was the Lord Major of London!

jo with Lord Major of LondonLord Major of London!

I then had a surprise weekend in Paris with Sean whilst he is working over there on a film, I was lucky to get permission to join him on set for a day and hang out with him. Watching the car stunts was awesome and exciting and getting the opportunity to meet the director Chris McQuarrie and also Simon Pegg at an evening event. The next day was Seans day off so we did some sight seeing and hung out with new friends which was great fun. Exciting weekend of adventures!

TC and Chris McQuarrieTC and Chris McQuarrie

Straight after Paris I got the opportunity to get Annabelle my Alien out of Quarantine for an Alien Covenant themed evening which was great fun to do. Great to use the costume again and see her in action! :)

Annabelle Alien

Filming wise for me has been a little quiet but I did do a commercial for Virgin Media, not sure when its out but will post more news as soon as I find anything out. Also just done another historical documentary with the same company I did the Elizabeth I job, I was playing a lady for 2 different scenes for the series The Private Lives of the Monarchs. More details to follow. Mid June sees the return of the TV show Forbidden Histories on the Yesterday channel, you will see me in the episode about Mary Magdalene as one of her followers.

Had some great leather commissions for more Labyrinth characters which has kept me busy inbetween other jobs, really enjoyed making these new items, with more to come! Let me know if anyone wants one making!

Jo's Labyrinth Characters

The same company that made the Ben Hur film I did are doing a new family adventure film which I am auditioning for in a couple of weeks, fingers crossed I get the role as she sounds great fun! More info as and when it comes in.

Sean and I will be setting sail for the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival this coming May Bank Holiday, if you can make it I can highly recommend it, lots of fun for the whole family and we will be there swordfighting alongside other characters!

Ok thats it for now, thanks for bearing with my slow posts I will try to post up sooner than later for the next one.

Jo :) x

Jo Zombie doctor

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Hey,

As ever the first couple of months are generally fairly quiet, particulary on the filming front with only a days filming on a advert.  Fingers crossed the constant roles I am putting myself forward will bring something good soon.

In the meantime a much welcomed role came in playing a zombie on a trade stand for a gaming company helping to promote the new Walking Dead slot machine. It was hard work constantly being in character for many hours but it was also fun scaring the public. :)

Thankfully my costume and leather commissions have helped see me through the quiet time with 2 Iron Age Childrens costumes for Jersey Heritage, look forward to see the children having fun in them.

Girls Iron Age Dress
Girls Iron Age Dress

I also received a commission for a costume piece from a character from the popular TV Show Wynona Earp. Officer Haught wears a police gun rig which my client requested which consisited of a leather notepad pouch, handcuff pouch, radio holder and gun holster.  After a fair bit of research and working out,  the holster in particular had a strange configuration in the way the strap wrapped around the back of the gun and came over and fastened at the front. I purchased the correct belt to finish it off and I after dying and waxing the pieces was very happy with the finished look.

Officer Haught Gun Rig
Officer Haught Gun Rig

I have some more potential commissions coming up so look forward to see what will be next!

Going back upto Hull for another couple of days filming on Humber City and then it should be the last one after that. Actually looking forward to the next one as I shall be filming with Sophie Aldred which will be fun. Will keep you posted on that, in the meantime check out the productions FB page for all the upto date news. https://www.facebook.com/Humber.City/?fref=ts

Just a reminder that the Tales of Albion DVD is on sale and can be purchased here: http://www.talesofalbion.com/ and a very cool book is due for release soon as well which is a very well done behind the scenes book. Full of never seen before photos, storyboard images, costume designs and what went into making each episode. It really is a quality book so keep checking the webiste of FB page for further details :) https://www.facebook.com/TalesofAlbion/?fref=ts

I am pleased to say Colchester Roman Circus Visitor Centre, the only site of Britain’s only known Roman chariot racing track have invited me back as Queen Boudica for an event day in June alongside the Ermine Street Guard Roman group. Very much looking forward to go back as they made me so welcome last time when I was the guest of honour at their official opening back in 2015.

Well thats if for now and thanks again for stopping by and will post again very soon. x

Jo

 

 

 

Jo Marriott as the Morrigan from the film The Tales of Albion

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Happy Christmas to you all and thanks again for checking in on my adventures!

Going in reverse since I last posted, back in November Sean and I attended the Memorabilia Show at the NEC, this time for a change not as Xena and Jack Sparrow but as Dark Phoenix and Wolverine from the Xmen. Really nice change and it was less hectic which gave us more of a relaxed event which we could enjoy more. The one time I don’t dress as Xena and a Xena guest is signing! The lovely Manu Bennett was one of the headliners so thanks to Sean treating me I had a photo op with him. I asked to borrow one of Seans Wolverine claws for Manu to wear, I must say he would make an awesome Wolverine! :)

Jo as Dark Phoenix with Manu Bennet
Jo as Dark Phoenix with Manu Bennet

Had a great Stormtrooper job for a corporate event at Greenwich Planetarium which saw us being involved with a Mannequin Challenge which was a real laugh. Not sure if I will get a copy but will let you know if I do.

We then whisked off upto Hull for some more filming on Humber City, filming a fight scene in very challenging conditions and a test on ones patience but we managed to get it done! Only one more shoot to go and I shall be wrapped! :)

Jo Marriott in Humber City TV Show
Jo Marriott in Humber City TV Show

11th December saw the premiere of the long awaited film The Tales of Albion! 4 years in the making and the wait was worth it. Very pleased how my story came out and my performance and the other stories look great too. Photo on the top of this posting is a screengrab from one of the scenes set in Afganistan. If you love Myths and Legends and Celtic folklore then head over to their FB page under the Spirit if Albion name (from the first film) or the website at: http://www.talesofalbion.com  where you can purchase a copy of the film.  Here is an awesome photo from the premiere of myself with my two lovely on screen sisters Lisa and Kris :)

Photo from the premiere of the film The Tales of Albion
Photo from the premiere of the film The Tales of Albion

With the build up to Christmas I also took part in a few corporate events, a Western action show where I played the Madam of the Saloon which was loads of fun and a chance to shine in a new costume and role. Sean and I had the pleasure of working alongside Cineworld Cineworld escorting VIP competion winners for Rogue One film goers. Alongside Darth Vader we went to 2 different cinemas over 2 nights which was really fun!

Jo Cineworld

My little Esty shop Xenajo Creations had a nice little flurry of orders come in, I have added some new lines to it but I also do private commissions so if you would like something made, let me know!

Xenajo Creations Keyring designs
Xenajo Creations Keyring designs

https://www.etsy.com/shop/XenaJoCreations

Well thats it for the mo, Happy Christmas! :)

Jo

 

Jo on set of Tales of Albion Film

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Ok back tracking to September I attended the starbase 24 annual banquet as a guest with Sean along side my lovely friend John Carrigan and his wife Annie. The lovely Virginia Hey and J G Hertzler were also guest at an awesome event and all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. This was a lovely well planned event and I had the opportunity to appear as a special guest to talk about my filming experiences as well as dressing as Xena for the photo ops with proceeds going toward the charity pot. I managed to sell a couple of my leather hair barrettes as well which was great. It was a lovely event which I look forward to support again next year.

jo marriott starbase 24 banquet

I have also had the pleasure of working a few days on the popular childrens TV Show Horrible Histories. Such a laugh and a lot of fun to work on this series, I have been dressed in lots of different costumes and covering an array of time periods. Lovely crew and production, will find out when its due to air.

jo HH

Then the best part of this year, going on holiday to Los Angeles with Sean, staying with friends and experiencing new adventures and making new friends. Love visiting LA, it always presents new and exciting times, even more special when other friends are over at the same time. John Carrigan and Annie where there too and we spent sometime together having such a great time. We went to Universal Studios which is always a must when in LA, weather was great and company even better. We were also introduced to Anthony De Longis and his lovely wife Mary thanks to John and also to Ben Alpi and his lovely wife Jyotika, all lovely people and a pleasure to know. What was very exciting was getting a bullwhip lesson off the master himself Anthony, he trained Michelle Pfeiffer for her role as Catwoman and Harrison Ford as Indy! Flippin amazing!!! What an experience and I will follow it up with more lessons when over next in LA.

Sean Jo Anthony and Mary
Sean Jo Anthony and Mary

We also visited my friends in Yucca Valley to spend time with them and visit Pioneer Town for good drinks and food. First day there we ended up on a 4 hour trail ride in the desert! Lots of fun times!

Whilst in LA I did a bit of filming for a little shoot which saw a fight ensue with Xena and Red Sonia! The actress who plays her contacted me before I flew over about the idea of the 2 amazons crossing swords. I took my Xena costume over with me and ended up shooting for a day in a glade. Not sure as and when it will be completed but of course will post on here any news or links.

jo marriott as Xena
jo marriott as Xena and Tatiana Dekhtyar as Red Sonja

After all the excitement of Los Angeles and back in the UK Sean and I were heading down to Dover Castle for the Halloween holidays helping children make masks and spooky spiders! Great working with Griffin Historical again and thankfully the weather was kind and we had some beautiful sunsets most evenings.

And finally some great news about the Tales of Albion film I did a while back. The film is now available for pre-order and will be available from the 12th December. Please follow this link for further details http://www.talesofalbion.com/ where you can order your copy. The premiere is being held on the 11th December which I will be at and will post some photo too. Very excited to see it completed and see all the hard work that has gone into this project. Please support the film by purchasing a copy! :) The photo at the top of this post is a shot from one of the days I was filming.

Well thats it for the mo, I’m sure there will be plenty to post over the next couple of months so keep checking back.

All the best

Jo :)

Dover Castle by Jo Marriott

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Just a bit of an update since the last post. The DVD of In the Name of Ben Hur is now available in the shops too but the cover is a little misleading as it doesn’t have the full name on the cover and also the picture doesn’t really relate to the story of the film? Bit strange but there you go! This is what the cover looks like if your interested in checking it out.

In the Name of Ben Hur dvd

Done a few days of appearances and filming over the last month or so, with a couple of Stormtrooper gigs inbetween. Catwoman and Elizabeth Swann also made appearances at a couple of events recently which was fun especially when you get to sit in an awesome batmobile! (as catwoman ;))

Filming wise I did a days work on an episode of Forbidden History about Mary Magdalene at Chislehurst Caves, awesome location which has seen the several TV shows film there including Merlin. Have also done several days on Liam Neesons new film The Commuter as well as a commercial which has a massive Disney tie in, can’t say anymore on that but it was an awesome days filming. Have also done a few days stand in work on a big superhero film which was pretty cool, shame it wasn’t more days. Enjoying immensely working on the popular childrens show Horrible Histories and hopefully will have a few more days as the production is brilliant to work on and funny too. Filmed another day on Humber City in Hull, thankfully its nearing the end and hopefully will all be done in a couple more days of shoots and be wrapped by end of November.

Sean and Jo Bosworth 2016Battle of Bosworth Reenactment

August saw the return of Boswoth Battle which I do love going to, mainly as its  full of memories from years back and seeing old friends again. It would have been fun to say I played the King but Henry Tudor didn’t want the crown so he gave it to me after the battle! :)

The school holidays saw me travelling down the the amazing Dover Castle twice over the month of August, first doing the craft activites helping kids make roman mosaics and the Bank Holiday running Gladiator School which was loads of fun. The weather was great and was a nice change to get out of doing the craft stuff and having fun with the kids.

This weekend (23/24th Sept) I am attending the 10th Starbase 24 Anniversary Charity Banquet in Peterborough as a guest of the event. I am very much looking forward to it and I shall post a report in the next posting. I shall be appearing as Xena but also as myself and talking about filming, should be fun :)

Well thats it for the mo and thanks for dropping by!

Jo :)

 

Braga being fierce!

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Ok ok sorry its been so long but I will make up for it with the things to post!

Ok lets rewind back to May! The online game Clash of Kings had a massive promotion in London which involved 3 armies, lava monsters, barbarians all in the centre of London in the shadow of Tower Bridge. It was quite a spectacle and something you don’t see everyday especially in central London! Armies marching over Tower Bridge with banners flying and cheering warriors going into battle. I played the Queen in charge of the Blue Army who teamed up with the King of the Red Army to defeat the evil King of the Black Army. It was loads of fun and loads of media coverage on the day. Check out this video that was streamed online the day after the event.

jo marriott clash of kings london

Filming Sean and I did on the daytime soap Doctors was aired early June on BBC1, the episode called Slings and Arrows saw 2 rival darts teams going head to head in the final of a competition. I played one of the darts players in the ladies team, a small featured role which was really fun to do.

Jo Doctors

I then popped over to the lovely Isle of Wight to the awesome Carisbrooke Castle to help out with the Roundheads and Cavaliers event. Myself and 2 other performers did pike and musket drill, kids battles, story telling and canon drill which was really well received by all that watched and took part.

A couple of years ago Sean and I attended an event for RAF Brize Norton for their family fun day.  Alongside a couple of our UK Garrison friends who were dressed as Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, Sean and I went as Xena and Jack Sparrow. We filmed some of the highlights and Sean has eventually got around to editing it together. Here is the link and check it out! :)

July saw me return to the city of Hull to film another installment of the saga Humber City. This particular shoot was really nice to do as we had most of the main cast in the scene. Such a pleasure to work alongside these guys, other than being lovely people,  the dynamics of the characters everyone brought to the scene and everyones professionalism made it a really great scene. I shall be heading back up to do some more filming next month, and hopefully it is now coming to an end and all filming should be all done by September!

cast of Humber City

More filming, this time a documentry called The Private Lives of the Tudors which was aired on the Yesterday Channel. Filmed this a while ago earlier this year I ended up playing Queen Elizabeth I showing her not so good side. The Queen used many things to try and make herself look youthful like lead based makeup and used honey to clean her teeth! I think it goes without saying they may not have been the best things to have used! So I went through a couple of hours in make up having a bald cap put on, blackened teeth and  scaring to show what the Queen actually looked like underneath all her makeup and wigs! Mmmm sexy!

jo Marriott as Queen Elizabeth I

The lovely annual Open Day at the ABC Animal Sanctuary was upon us again. Only one day this year not the usual 2 but it was still a great day, more so as this year we were joined by a couple of old costuming friends we hadn’t seen for a while so it was great to catch up with them and spend a lovely relaxing day helping raise much needed funds for the charity. Weather was lovely and I helped with parading one of the lovely Shetland Ponies called Jack.

jo marriott ABC Open Day

For those of you who do follow this page you may remember me landing a role in a film back in September last year for a film called Chariot. A film about Ben Hur following his life after the chariot race. I played a celtic warrior mercenary that was part of a group of mercancaries hired to capture Ben Hur. The photo at the top of the post is a screengrab from the trailer and here is the link to the trailer, will find out when it is due to be released and let you know. :)

Well during the month of June and July I have been very busy making my new costume Captain Phasma from the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. I was aiming to get it done for the huge event at the Excel in London – Star Wars Celebration Europe, the biggest Star Wars event that is held all over the world and on this occassion it was the turn of London, the last one here was in 2007. After much blood, sweat and tears I managed to get her done just in time. I was still doing minor alterations up until lunchtime on the first day (Friday) but I got to the point of its now or never and without having a chance to try it on beforehand. Well I can thankfully say she held together with just a few minor repairs along the way! The response from other 501st members and the public was overwhelming she came she saw and she conquered! She went down an absolute storm and as I was the only Captain Phasma there that made it even more special. She will be on patrol again in the near future! :)

Jo as Captain Phasma
Jo as Captain Phasma

Well thats it for now I promse I won’t leave it as long as last time for the next one!

Jo :)

 

 

taken at MCM Memorabilia NEC

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Back again! So where to start, ok back in March I joined Sean on his sponsored walk in aid of Moorfields Eye Hospital as a thank you for all the amazing treatment he has received since his serious eye injury. He raised over £550 pounds which was an awesome achievement and he did it dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow! The weather was beautiful and the walk was a lot of fun. Sean has still a little way to go with his recovery but h is doing great and the surgeons are very happy with his progress.

Jack Sparrow Lookalike Sean George charity walk
Jack Sparrow Lookalike Sean George charity walk

The MCM Memorabilia event at the NEC happened in March in which Sean and I attended as we regulary do as Xena and Jack Sparrow.  Alongside the UKG it was the usual exhausting but fun event and meeting up with good friends. Here Xena is dealing with a dodgy looking character, aka the awesome Heisenburg lookalike Jamie Pagett.

Xena meets Breaking Bad!
Xena meets Breaking Bad!

Easter holidays came about and that saw me heading down to Dover Castle for their Childrens Festival event helping the children with the craft activities making roman mosaics. Here is one of my creations! :)

Mosaic Making at Dover Castle
Mosaic Making at Dover Castle

Beginning of April saw Sean and I heading back to Hull for some more filming on the drama Humber City, I have another few days coming up in June so will keep you posted.

St Georges Day saw a few events kick off, first was at Wentworth Golf Club for a large charity event for British Airways. For this myself and Mark Griffin were dressed as Medieval Knights in full armour greeting people as they entered the building.

None Shall Pass!
None Shall Pass!

Then Mark and I went onto Woburn Centre Parcs and we were helping celebrate St Georges Day walking around as St George and his Lady. I helped Mark, arming him up in the displays and talks we did to the public.

This month saw a couple of Stormtrooper events, one at a store opening in the Midlands and one at a Star Wars themed Wedding in Dorset. Both events went down realy well and the Wedding was a lovely relaxed event in beautiful surroundings. Here little baby Benji wearing his stormtrooper baby grow and chilling with the stormtroopers! :)

Start them when they're young!
Start them when they’re young!

Early May Bank Holiday there was an event, ‘Roman Rampage’ at the English Heritage site Old Sarum in Wiltshire. I was there making an appearance as Queen Boudica and riding around on a chariot! It was a great event even though the weather wasn’t the best it was still a realy enjoyable event to do. I performed in the main arena talking about the story of Boudica and we used the chariot in the display as well. Even though the chariot I was on wasn’t an Iron age one it still looked amazing with the 2 beautiful black horses Flo and Nimbus. It really gave the audience a feel to what it must have been like to come face to face with on the battlefield. Photo to follow! :)

I just had 2 days on a new big action adventure movie as a supporting artist. Was a really fun couple of days, the film isn’t due out until this time next year but I think you will get a glimpse of me next to the star! :) Can’t say much else about it but will mention it again nearer the time as a reminder.

Well thats it for now, keeping busy with 2 new costumes for myself which I have a deadline for. Got a fun event next week which I will report on next time.  Thank you for your interest :)

Jo

Jo and Sean on corporate inhouse film

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As always this time of year things go a little quiet work wise, though I have been making a few things and have a few things in the pipeline.

First off since the last posting Sean and I have done 3 stormtrooper jobs, one which was filming for an internal film for a tobacco company so unfortunately it won’t be seen publicly. Only thing to show is the photo above of Sean and I just after filming. It was funny filming in a newsagent in London with unsuspecting customers walking in!

TheTales of Albion film project is almost complete, I was asked back to record some voice over work and a bit of dubbing. Was great to see some of the edited footage on screen as its a couple of years ago when they were filmed. Fingers crossed it will be finished and available in a couple of months. Will update with further details.

February half term saw Sean and I return to Jersey to the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week! A group of us from Griffin Historical where there for the week entertaining the families with sword fights, story telling and games and displays of gun powder. Was a lot of fun and one of the highlights for me was to visit the Jersey Celtic Coin Hoarde to see how the conservation was going. The hoarde of coins, gold Torcs and jewellery is so big it is taking several years for them to seperate and record every item! Each time I have seen it is slowly being getting smaller and smaller but there is still a long way to go.

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Filming, I did a day on a new Hollywood film with the special effects dept. They have not started filming yet but they were testing out the sand storm effects machine, there was about a dozen of us running around being blown about with big wind machines and different types of fake sand. It was purely for the effects dept to see what worked best so they footage will not be seen anywhere but it was fun to do. Not something you get to do every day! :)

Still plugging away at the auditions, fingers crossed a cracking role will come my way! Memorabilia in a few weeks in Birmingham so will have a report about that too so please keep checking up on the page.

Jo :)

Yucca Valley holiday jo

Posting from Jo and A Happy New Year!

Big apologies for the lack of posts, just been so busy and limited access to the internet plays a big part in the slow posting of new reports. I will endevour to make sure I post up more regulary.

Ok so lots to catch up on. Since I last posted the Chariot film was the latest thing, hopefully will know soon when that will be complete and available to watch. Other filming projects include doing some sound recording for a new computer game called Total War. They needed the sound of horses hooves at different speeds and on different surfaces. We went along to help out a friend of ours to ride a couple of their horses, it ended up being really fun and a nice day out.

Jo sound recording horses hooves

Then we flew off to California for a busmans holiday, part was a break but we were also attending a friends wedding and Sean was taking part in the Tournament of the Phoenix. The first part of the holiday started off at our friends ranch in Yucca Valley where we were horse riding in the desert. Always great to stay with our dear friends and enjoy their hospitality. See photo at the top of the posting.

We then moved on to LA to attend a friends wedding which was lovely and we had a few days in LA to ourselves. Then we went onto San Diego to the Tournament of the Phoenix. It was lovely to go back to see old friends and make new ones which we will cherish. Sean did brilliantly at the tournament which also refects on his awesome team he had helping him, thanks to Kathy his groom and Dave his Valet.

seanPhoto byJavy Camacho

No sooner had we got back home it was Halloween, Sean and I had several days work at Dover Castle helping children make Halloween masks which was fun but a little chilly. On the evening of the 31st we had an appearance at the Octopvs Bar in Crawley for their Walking Dead evening. Looking beautiful as ever! :)

jo zombie

Then another filming session for the TV pilot Humber City, this one involved a fight scene with my co star the lovely John Carrigan. Amazing martial artist who choreographed the fight scene and help me train up for it too. Looking at the raw footage it looks like its going to be really good. More filming planned in a couple of months, wil keep you posted.

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Then another filming project came along, a documentary about the secret lives of the Tudors, filmed at the lovely Hever Castle. I played a Tudor lady in waiting for one episode and then I was suddenly asked to play Queen Elizabeth for a seen which required lots of make up and a bald cap to recreate Elizabeth when she was not looking so good when she had no make up on and no wig. I looked pretty rough I have to say, the makeup girls did a great job. Will keep you posted when it airs on Yesterday Channel. Here is a photo of me looking a lot nicer when I was the lady in waiting. :)

Jo filming Hever Castle

Then the usual journey to the NEC in Birmingham for the Memorabila show. This time was spent with the lovely Paris Jefferson from the TV show Xena.  She was so sweet and was fun to hang around.

Jo and Paris

Finally December saw me off to the Isle of Wight for the Victorian Christmas Weekend at Osborne House, such a lovely event spent with lovely folks.

After that was the big build up of a certain film called The Force Awakens. This brought several appearances as Stormtroopers through December which was great and also gave me the opportunity to showcase my new Force Awakens Stormtrooper costume. Looks great but takes a bit getting used to, look forward to jo FA TrooperI’m on the right

wearing it again and also leads me into making a Captain Phasma Costume which I will post updates on here.

Well thats it for now, thanks so much for your valued support and interest. Happy New Year and hears to an adventure filled 2016!

Jo :)