Just a couple of days before I head up to Edinburgh for the fringe, to perform my bearded lady show. The trailer is out now! People on the streets often ask me where my beard comes from, so I hope this answers that question. Inspired by Beyonce’s ‘All Night’ from her album Lemonade.
So, this is what I was doing yesterday. It’s surprisingly naughty…
A last minute collaboration with Studio Yes/Yes it’s Funny… I don’t want to give the game away, but I’m the Prime Minister.
At the Edinburgh fringe this year I was enchanted to meet performance artist Ethereal Andy. Together we conceived of Roads - an improvised performance that takes inspiration from the noise of the everyday and asks people to retune to their surroundings. Born on a bench on Edinburgh's Grassmarket, we have since performed the piece at Mystika Glamoor's Kweer Kabaret, and Our Night at Arch 504 in Brixton. Now in development, we plan to take Roads back to public spaces and see where it leads us.
One of the best and worst things about making your own work, is that you end up having to do everything and be everybody, I mean, until you're Beyonce. While I am sometimes able to outsource some of the more expert jobs, for the most part I am my own costume designer, sound designer, set designer, make up artist, producer and videographer, to name just a few. Last week I added another string to my bow, and bought a remote for my camera, which means I can now take photos of myself. *I FEEL SO ALONE*
Here are some of the best shots, promoting my show The Adventures of the Bearded Lady which was at Camden People's Theatre last week. Click on them to scroll through.
It's always a pleasure to work with Studio Yes (who run the Yes It's Funny Youtube channel). This time was especially great because as well as researching and throwing around ideas for the script, I helped with the shoot - whipping up this delicious recipe.
A while ago I got asked to help a mate out with some dog walking, and I thought it was a bit odd but I agreed. Little did I know he was filming the whole thing!
What a great result, thanks Kyle Shephard for capturing the entire baffling encounter...
I few weeks ago I had the pleasure of performing in the incredible music video for Strong Asian Mothers. Not only that, but I fulfilled a lifetime dream of flying a space ship. Sadly I wasn't very good and I got shot down.
A while back Adam Morley, Dulcimer Cowling and I concocted the brand Ham Paradiso. Adam and I then filmed this episode which we hoped to be the first of many. Despite not having made a second episode yet, 3 years later, we still believe Ham Paradiso has the potential to go global. Please enjoy.
Episode 1 - Deborah interviews Stephen: just another day at the office for the staff of Ham Paradiso.
Created by & Starring Adam Morley and Theodora van der Beek
Directed by Adam Morley
Music by Strong Asian Mothers
Hands and Arty Eye by Dulcimer Cowling
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be an egg on legs.
I've got a couple more Egg dates in March (3rd and 4th) at Camden People's Theatre. Here is a trailer for the show, I hope you like it...
Bless the creative whirlwind that is Amer Chadha Patel, who rounded up some of his friends, gave us party hats and beer and then tried to direct us in his band's new music video, a cover of the En Vogue classic: Don't Let Go.
The lads at Shut Up & Sit Down are at it again with their review of an expansion pack for their favourite game of 2015: Mysterium. Set in the 1920s, a band of mystics gather together to try and solve several murders. Summoning up a ghost, who can only communicate to them through mysterious dream symbols, they must uncover the truth...
This time I was tasked with setting a chilling scene in my authentically accurate living room: I gathered together all the most appropriate artefacts, and painted Matt's hair with flour to transform him into the ghost...
I was incredibly honoured to have been asked by Raphael Panayi, who is studying Drama & Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, whether he could write an essay on my performance of Egg at Camden People's Theatre. Here is the final piece, which I'm pleased to say he got a first for. Thank you Raphael!
One hazy hungover Sunday I made my way over to a large warehouse in East London and had my face painted blue and joined a 50 strong choir for my favourite band Strong Asian Mothers.
We spent a very cold day in an almost uninhabited tower block in Stratford to make this video for Shelter. It would be a lot funnier if it weren't based on the experiences of real Londoners.
Telegraph Review of Erotic Cake Making Workshop presented by John Vagabond & me