Literatours: Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2013

If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Isle of Wight, make sure you attend the 2013 Isle of Wight Literary Festival. This year,  there will be an inaugural Isle of Wight Bus Tour, featuring the voices of Celia Imrie, Hugh Bonneville, Richard E Grant and many other fabulous actorly types. A literary festival is the stuff of our DREAMS here at BCM. Swoon! Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to go one day. In the meantime, we’ll just have to live vicariously through those of you that are lucky enough to be there.

This post is short and sweet (that hardly ever happens around here), but BCM is off to a major socialite do this evening (stay tuned!). Ta-ta for now.



Actress and Playwright Fidelis Morgan Holds Master Class

The marvelous actress & author Fidelis Morgan will hold a Master Class at The Actors Centre called Develop Your Flair and Style. It sounds absolutely amazing, so make sure you register before time runs out!

Personally, I could really use a class like this. Because, you know, sometimes when you’re playing Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, you have a tendency to go out on stage and TOTALLY end up playing Romeo instead. Not because you wanted to upstage anyone; NEVER that, but because you were so terribly nervous & unable to come out of yourself. Because it’s such a classic text and you didn’t want to mess up. Because clearly, you hadn’t taken a class with Fidelis Morgan. If we could hop over the pond right now we would. Front row, center, soaking it all up. But, alas, we’re tied up stateside at the moment. So go, and stop back here and let us know how it went.




Class Details

When confronted with a classical role is your instinct to run & hide? Perhaps you choose to lose yourself in the sound of your own voice speaking fruity language. We’ll delve into the text, using scenes from famous writers & work on exercises to bring you out of your shell. The classics of the theatre are that for a reason – but only the actor can keep them up to date. To be a stylish actor in the classics you must find your own personal flair.

Tutor Information

Fidelis Morgan

Actress, writer and director, Fidelis Morgan’s TV appearances include Jeeves and Wooster, Mr Majeika and As Time Goes By. In theatre she has worked with many companies including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, The Old Vic, Paines Plough and the Glasgow Citizens where her work won her a best actress nomination in The Observer. Fidelis wrote The Female Wits, which rediscovered the long lost women playwrights of the Restoration. She is also a successful novelist and playwright. For further information visit

(Via the Actors Centre website)

Because we love supporting women in the arts


Tue 17th – Sat 21st September

Celia Imrie

The very accomplished film, theatre and TV actress, comedienne, Celia Imrie makes her debut as a cabaret artist at The Crazy Coqs with her show LAUGHING MATTERS… .  Because in these tough times, Celia really believes that… laughing matters.  She will be performing songs and sketches by popular writers such as Jerry Herman, Lynda La Plante, Neil Sedaka, Dorothy Parker, Carole King, Arabella Weir, Noel Coward, Charles Strouse and Mozart.

On stage with Celia will be her musical director and pianist Nick Finlow, currently the Musical Director of The Book of Mormons and associate musical supervisor for Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia.  On drums will be Mike Porter.

Celia has recently been filming What We Did On Our Holidays with Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Ben Miller and will have two new films out later in the year – Love Punch with Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan and Amber Entertainment’s Molly Moon with Emily Watson, Sadie Frost and Anne-Marie Duff.  Celia is also working on a novel set in the South of France, due for publication in 2014.

Celia is an Olivier Award-winning English actress. In a career starting in the early 1970s, Imrie has played Marianne Bellshade in Bergerac, Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques, Diana Neal in After You’ve Gone and Gloria Millington in Kingdom. She has been described as “one of the greatest British actresses of recent decades”, and was recently seen in the award winning film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and in Noises Off in the West End.

Director – Fidelis Morgan
Designer – Gregor Donnelly
Choreographer – Steven Harris