Watch out – its the watch !

She’s new in town and she watches everyone ………..

watch 1


Name ?Debbie Le Gallienne.. new to Water Lane.. working through my bucket list!

Character ? Watchman 1 … means well but a bit simple  !

Favourite line in the play ? ‘And in her bosom I’ll unclasp my heart’ …   I like the idea of someone unclasping their heart and bravely revealing love and vulnerability ( Ed ahhhhh)

Fave Western?  Blazing Saddles .. Pure silliness and really funny spoof western

Come and watch our watch watch you ( enough with the watch jokes- ed)

Tickets here 


He mad, he’s bad , he’s …well he’s just bad really …

Here’s the villain of the piece , that low down, dirty son of a gun – Don John

Don John

Your name, you nasty piece of work?  Paul Winspear

Your character? Don Johnson ( noooo that’s Miami Vice – you mean Don John – ed)
Best line? “If I had my mouth I would bite, if I had my liberty I would do my liking; in the meantime, let me be that I am and seek not to alter me” (ed – you really are horrible arn’t you)

Favourite Western ? Paint Your Wagon

Why’s that ?

Lee Marvin off his trolley, Clint Eastwood talks to trees, Jean Seberg is somehow confused about choosing between Clint and Lee, brilliant soundtrack by Lerner & Loewe plus Andre Previn

He really is a man of few words – come and hear him say a few more at Much Ado 18-20 th July – Monastery Gardens – tickets here

Its Ant but no sign of Dec ….

He might be getting on but dont get him started – or he’ll have ya



Who are you ?
I am playing Antonio, brother to Leonato, Governor of Messina
What’s your favourite Western and why? 
Am I allowed to say Poldark? Well, it is the Wild West of our green and pleasant land. Or perhaps the version of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral I saw every day when I used to walk my dog. Whenever another dog was encountered coming towards him, both would freeze waiting for the other to be the first to “draw their weapon”. I could hear the wonderful music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly playing in the background!!!
Who is your character and what are they like ?
Yet again I have been cast as a man. When I ask the powers that be at Water Lane if this is a direct reflection on my femininity, the only answer I get is that it shows my versatility as an actor. Fair enough, I love a challenge. “So what is he like” I ask. He’s  an old man. “So should I play him old? What sort of physicality should I adopt during the dance scene?” The answer comes back that I should play him at my own level, in other words I am to play myself. Oh well, at least I qualify as one of the lads. Yeeeeehah!!!
What’s your favourite line in the play ( yours or anyone else’s) 
My favourite line in my scenes is when Ursula says to me during our masked dance, “I know you by the waggling of your head”. Is that a great chat-up line or what? I apologise to my scene partner if she thinks I am flirting with her, but I do believe in a bit of method acting to get into character.
Come and see Toni and a collection of cowboys at Much Ado 18-20 July – tickets here

Evening ‘all – its the rozzers

Our resident police force is on the case at our Wild West version of Much Ado ….


Name: Juliet Richards aka mummy aka Miss Richards. Naturally the best way to regain a sense of identity is to pretend to be someone else.
Character: Sheriff Dogberry. He runs the city watch and thinks he’s the most important person in town. Dogberry means well but his contradictory orders are somewhat confusing for all concerned.
Favourite Line: It’s not mine but my favourite has to be “Kill Claudio”.
Favourite Western: It’s a tad tenuous but Joss Whedon categorised his show Firefly and it’s subsequent movie spin off Serenity as Sci-Fi Western, so I’m going with those. Interestingly (if you find these things interesting) one of it’s lead actors played Dogberry in Whedon’s film version of MAAN.
Come and see her call the crims to account at Much Ado 18-20 July here

His name’s Leo and he’s a pussy cat – but don’t make him angry

The white bearded fellow speaketh  – show some respect leo

Your name : Doug Sheppard
Your part : Leonato-The governor of the inn and high in the towns gentry level, also an old person portrayed in the play. I’m daddy to Hero and and uncle to Beatrice.
Your favourite line- ‘But mine, and mine I loved, and mine I praised, and mine I was proud on, mine so much that I myself was to myself not mine valuing her’
Favourite film : The Unforgiven
(Ed –  good choice – notable for exchange
‘You shot an unarmed man’
‘Well he should have armed himself’
Come and see Leo at Much Ado on 18-20 July – tickets here  

Dearly beloved ……its our resident and reverend reverend

She’s the Friar in any other version of Much Ado – in ours its fastest vicar in the West


Your Name : Sally Fenton
Your Character: Reverend Francis
Your Favourite Line: ‘Patience and endure….’ – a line I shall be using at home if anyone complains about my cooking!
What’s your Favourite Western: Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Western all the way through! Does Thelma & Louise count…..? (Ed. no it really doesn’t except for Brad Pitt’s Stetson !)

The Preacher is available to hear your confession at Much Ado on 18-20 July – tickets here  

Heeeeeerrrrrreee’s Benny !

It’s Benedick himself – ‘he’s not in love …so dont forget it ‘ yeah right !

The man from Much Ado speaketh


What’s your name ?

Richard Pink

Who are you playing ?

Benedick – generally he’s a bit of a prat but his heart’s in the right place ( typecasting again ! Ed .) He’s in denial about being in love with Beatrice (strangely last part I played I was literally in De Nile) he rails against love and marriage but eventually can’t resist her charms – all that via a complete set up by his so called mates !

Favourite Line ?

‘ If her breath were as bad as her terminations, there would be no living near her; she’d infect to the North Star’

Favourite Western?

Other than the mighty Blazing Saddles – it has to be Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – the ultimate buddy movie – so quotable and the main men are brilliant from start to bloody finish ‘who are those guys ?’

Come and see him in our Wild West Much Ado – tickets here