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Oops missed out last months report! Ok carrying on from the last one, Sean and I travelled to Bristol to attend a wedding as Stormtroopers at the Bristol space centre (@Bristol).  The couple were fans of Star Wars but unknown to them the brides father had arranged for 2 Stromtroopers and Darth Vader to make a surprise appearance. A nice event at a great venue and a lovely couple.

Next gig saw us heading up the the Space Centre in Leicester for a corporate as Stormtroopers again which went well. We then headed down to Gloucester for the Tall Ships Festival to appear as Elizabeth Swann, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa for the May Bank Holiday weekend. The first day we sailed in on one of the Tall Ships which was brillaint with all the crowds lining the river banks. Then we were swordfighting for the rest of the weekend which was well received and was loads of fun. Great time was also had hanging around with the lovely Victorian characters :)

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Then straight on from Gloucester, down to Southampton for the Ferry to the Isle of White to Osborne House as Victorian Carneys for 3 days. Good weather and crowds with a beautiful setting. If your 11297921_1030873556930390_157532607_n

wondering what the paper character is its called a flat Stella, my friend from Canada asked if I could show pictures of me with her at different places I visit. Its part of her sons school project to learn about new places in different countries.

Then we attended a charity event in Redhill for Autisum Allstars to help raise money and awareness. Many costumed characters were there to help attract the public to the stand. Sean and I decided to dust off our Judges costumes and wear them for a change. Happy to report the charity raise over £1200 on the day!

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Then the annual Open Weekend for the ABC Animal Sanctuary was upon us and as usual Sean and I were there as Jack Sparrow and Xena. Was lovely to see some friends who came along to supprt the event. Always a pleasure to support this lovely charity.

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Been working on Tim Burtons latest film for a few days which was great, always good to get a run of days on a film, as ever can’t really say much on public sites but will post more when able.

I was recently over in Poland with Sean at the Tournament of King John III. Sean with team mate Steve won the Team joust last year and was invited back this years as guests and marshals for this years tournament. So glad I went as it was a great trip and the hospitality was second to none. The polish guys could not have been more lovely with looking after us and entertaining us. Got drunk on Polish moonshine! we went on a brilliant ride in the countryside and went on a flat out gallop several times, visited an awesome castle and I ordered my new jousting helmet with an armourer! Awesome times, oh yeah and I got to fire a cannon! lol.11665542_10206158228491400_2013163137302569035_n

Very much looking forward to going back next year!

Just did an awesome action show for a private birthday party with a Mission Impossible theme. First time with a new team and it went down brilliantly with the client, so hopefully more gigs like that to come in he future!

Well thats it for the mo, thanks for popping by and I will report again soon :)

Jo

 

 

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Well lots to report since my last posting.

Over the Easter weekend I was working at Dover Castle, very imposing and dramatic especially with the changing weather.  A little chilly but the crowds came out in force and the Childrens Festival went very well with multi period performers entertaining the crowds. I was doing the Roman mosaic activity which was fun but as ever busy, chucked in a story telling session too which was fun.

On a sadder note my lovely Xena horse lookalike Lori had to be put to sleep due to complications recently. She will be sorely missed by myself and her owner Marianne. A lovely sweet natured horse and the best Argo lookalike. Will miss doing  photo shoots with her :(

Xena and Argo

On a happier note the Anne Bonny film had its premiere at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square. Really happy how this short film turned out, check it out here and use the password ‘snugbar‘ to view it. https://vimeo.com/123885163

A meeting will be arranged very soon to start discussing the feature length version of the film. Will keep you posted how it goes.

Popped along to the new Birmingham Comic Festival  at Edgbaston Cricket ground. It was a great event seeing it was the first one and look forward to next years event. Sean and I went as Dark Phoenix and Wolverine which was a nice change from Xena and Jack.

Jo as Dark Phoenix Taken by Dan W

May Bank Holiday saw me at Tatton Park as part of the Tudors on Tour event. I was on the leathercraft stall showing folks how to stamp leather which was a have a go activity. Was very pleased when the three days were up as the constant hammering noise level was pretty intense when everyone was working at the same time!

Inbetween all these activities I have been busy working on costume commissions and hair barrettes. Here is the Game of Thrones costume I did, which I am quite pleased how it turned out! :) Jo's GOT costume

Right events coming up! Will be heading off to Bristol this coming weekend as a Stormtrooper for a wedding and then the next weekend (Bank Hols) will see me at Gloucester Tall Ship Festival with Sean and Jeff. We will be performing 2 sword fight shows a day plus other performances. Come along and enjoy the weekend its packed full of great entertainment!

Then straight after off to Osborne House on the Isle of White being Victorian characters for the big event there! Busy busy :)

May see you at an event?

Jo :)

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Oops, I missed out last months update, apologies for that I have been locked away working on costume/prop commissions with deadlines inbetween everything else thats going on!

Well whats been going on since January, lots! First off Sean and I went to the Sky Atlantic Game of Thrones Exhibition which was great fun and also useful for costume detail as one of my commissions is a GOT costume. Of course the trip would not have been complete without a photo on the Iron Throne! :)

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Next was flying off to Jersey for the school half term to perform at the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week. Great fun working with Sean and the other pirates for the week sword fighting, story telling and other activities. Was lucky to visit the massive Jersey Celtic Coin hoard again to see how the progress was going on seperating the thousands of coins and gold torcs, truly amazing!

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No sooner getting back from Jersey I was off to Devon to play the main character in the short film about Anne Bonny. Four days down filming in the lovely village of Clovelly with a great cast and crew. We were blessed with the weather and I really enjoyed my time working on this project. It will be premiered in April and off to do the rounds in some film festivals. The film makers will then look into making a full feature length film in which the short will be used as a promotional tool to gain funding and interest. I will post more on this as and when news comes in.

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Working on two big costume commissions filled up several weeks and I will post photos of them when I have completed the third. As always other smaller jobs come in to hinder the other projects but hopefully now will get some more work done on my Maleficent costume!

Sean and I were also lucky to have just worked on a new Channel 4 show called Time Crashers, at this stage I can’t say much more but I know its due to air around June. Will keep you posted.

We had a great time at the recent Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham as Xena and Jack, only managing the Sunday this time due to commitments.

Then we popped over to Leicester to visit King Richard III, we queued to see the coffin and then went to the new visitor centre which was great. It was an experience worth queuing for and something that will never happen again so glad we could be a part of it and say ‘we were there’.

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And finally have just made another appearance in Colchester as Queen Boudica where I was the guest of honour to open the Roman Circus (where they held the roman chariot races). The site has been updated and made visitor friendly with brilliant reconstructions, displays, new media to show how it looked and historical finds on show. Worth a visit if your ever in Colchester as well as the castle museum where you will see yours truly staring in the museum video as Queen Boudica! A highlight of the day was making my entrance on the chariot that was used in the TV film about Boudica staring Alex Kingston. Pulled very ably by my Iceni horses from the Colchester Archaeological group!

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Well thats it for now, keep an eye out for the new Avengers film this April, fingers crossed my scenes will be in the final cut! fingers crossed! :)

Thank you and I promise it won’t be so long for the next posting!

Jo :)

 

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Happy New Year! Thanks for following me into 2015, lets hope this year is bigger and better and full of great things.

Ok not far into January but am very busy with costume commissions at the moment which will keep me busy for a while. I will post up photos of what I am working on when they are done, currently the items are from The Avengers (Thors Armour), Nights Watch Costume from Game of Thrones and Legolas’s Quiver from Lord of the Rings.

Some great news is I have landed the title role in a short film called Bonnys Revenge, playing the famous piratess Anne Bonny. Will be off to Devon in February to film it which I am very much looking forward to it. Please check out their FB page and website, they have an crowd funding page too, please show some love and donate, even if its just a pound, every penny counts. Here are the links:

Crowd funding page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bonny-s-revenge#home

Website:

www.annebonnythefilm.com

Facebook:

http://facebook.com/Bonny.Revenge

I will also be off to Jersey in February just before filming to the Maritime Museum to do a week of pirating with Jack Sparrow for the school holidays! Starting off very piratical this year :)

Well thats it for now, looking forward to what this year has to offer, bring it on I say! :)

Jo

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Well I managed to get a moment to post again, thanks so much for checking up on me! :)

Crickey where to start, ok I was on another Alien Isolation promo, this time for the TV show Video Game Nation. I spent the day with the makers of the show filming several scenes with the presenters in an underground vault in London! It was a tough days filming but still enjoyable and the final show looked great thanks to my Alien Annabelle!

Jo Alien with presenter

Memorabila came around soon enough and alongside the UKG Sean and I attended the weekend which as always was a lot of fun. As you can see from the posting below I had the chance to meet the lovely Cary Elwes from The Princess Bride, he was very lovely and complimentary. Also met the charming R J Mitte from Breaking Bad, so sweet and made time to chat to everyone which was great. Met lots of other people during the day and had a great time as ever at Mem, one of my favourite events.

Took part in an awesome Batman stunt show as Catwoman for the Army’s Christmas do, great gig really fun to do.

Been working several night shoots on the new film Now You See Me 2. It was brilliant to see such great actors on set but the cold long nights made it a hard job to endure and was pleased when I finished the run as its tough work. The film won’t be out for a while as they have just started filming but will keep you updated nearer its release.

Next it was off to Osborne House again, this time for the Victorian Christmas weekend helping children making Christmas cards and decorations. Again cold days but the setting and company was lovely and working with Sean is always nice and the public had a great time.

Just come back from the second out of two weekends at Wrest Park, helping with the audience with Father Christmas days. It was great fun and brilliant to see all the excited children as they listened to Father Christmas and asked him questions. Here is a photo of me after we had finished, standing what is believed to be the oldest Christmas Tree in the country, planted in 1856! Its over 100ft tall wow!

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Inbetween the 2 weekends I was lucky to be on the second row from the front for the final arena tour of Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds live show in Brighton. It was absolutely brilliant and well acted/sung by all the cast. Have to say Jason Donnovan threw himself into the role of Parson Nathaniel and gave a cracking performance! Lets hope there will be more shows in the future.

Martian Fighting Machine in action!

My last couple of days before Christmas I am working with a team of people bringing a life sized Polar Bear to life at Father Christmas world. The Bear is amazing but very difficult to operate due to the painful position you have to be in inside it but it looks amazing!

Well thats it for now, thanks so much for your support and I will post again around New Year, I have a pirate swordfight show to do over Christmas and I will post some photos up from that.

Thanks again and have a wonderful Christmas xx

Jo

 

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So sorry for such a gap in posts its been pretty busy the last few weeks.

Been to the beautiful island of Jersey being a pirate at the Maritime museum which was great fun telling stories of pirates and swordfighting. The highlight of the whole trip was staying in an 18th Century fort for our stay, Fort Elizabeth was beautiful!

The filming I did for New Tricks and Chasing Shadows has aired and you saw me for a few moments which was cool, I have posted photos on my FB page.

The last month has seen me appear as a Crusader knight promoting a new computer game Crusader Stronghold. Three of us were travelling around central London on public transport meeting with DJ’s and other media types for photos and promo drops.

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Then I was involved with another game launch for Alien Isolation, a midnight launch in Game store in Horsham with the designers of the game.

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Then off to Celtic Manor Hotel for a corporate exhibition working on a stand for two days, first day as Dark Phoenix with Sean as Wolverine and the second day as Catwoman opposite his Batman!

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The other day I was back in Colchester as Boudica for some filming for a media company, hopefully will have some footage from it some point soon to show you.

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The other filming project Humber City I am involved with has launched its crowdfunding project to help get the series made. Please check out the project and support it with a donation as this project is too good to not happen. There are actors attached to the project from Torchwood, Dr Who and Star Trek. Please check it out and here is my teaser trailer for it. Humber City Trailer

Here is also the link to the Indiegogo page with more info and how to donate.  Humber City Indie GoGo page

Well more things coming up and I promise I will post much sooner so thank you for checking in :)

 

Jo

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Well another full month running all over the place but now the holidays are over things will calm down a little but hopefully not too much.

Since the last posting I joined Sean down in Cornwall for his joust at Pendennis Castle which was great thanks to good weather and good company. Spent an extra couple of days staying down with friends which was nice and a great little break.

Straight back and onto Bosworth Battle weekend with Destrier which was a good as I love catching up with old friends as well as taking part. I think Bosworth will always hold a special place in my heart as its such a great place and have been there so many times over the years. Really enjoy the battle as I get to take part in the charge with King Richard which is always an exhilerating ride!

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A great photo taken by Christine Pearn

The straight onto Battle Abbey for a week of kids activities for English Heritage which was tiring but fun. Some good crowds for the stort telling which was really fun to do, full of laughs and jokes.

A day off thankfully and a chance to help Sean get ready to fly off to Canada for a joust and then myself off to the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent. Five days of jousting, skill at Arms and Melee for Destrier, unfortunatley no riding for me this time just working as ground crew. Hard work but enjoyable all the same.

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Destrier at Leeds Castle

News on the TV project Humber City will see some short promo’s going online on the Facebook page soon with one of them being for my episode. Keep checking their page for updates.

Well my next adventure see’s me off to Jersey in a couple of weeks for a pirate show which should be fun will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for checking up on me :)

Jo

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Again apologies for the slowness of posts and briefness!

I have been working all over the place since I last posted, Hadrians Wall twice, Bodiam Castle with Destrier, Eltham Palace, Old Sarum Castle and off now to Cornwall! Will be going to Bosworth Battle this coming weekend 16/17th August and then off to Battle Abbey again. The rest of August is taken up with Destrier at Herstmonceux Castle and Leeds. Only in September things calm down a little.

I have been working on a big film for a few days and have had the best time ever, as ever I can’t say much on public sites but I will say it involves a few superheroes! :) Can’t wait to update you guys on this but will have to wait until next year when the film is released!

In the meantime I have just started on my Xena short film which is happening at last, very excited to see how it turns out but its looking good so far! Above is a photo taken on set, will keep you posted as to how its coming along :)

I will add some photos and a more indepth posting at the end of the month, just wanted something posting in the meantime.

Jo at Bodiam Castle Here is a lovely shot taken by ARW Photography of me at Bodiam Castle last weekend

 

Jo :)