Heartbreak and the stage

This will be a different entry into this, my professional blog. A personal tale that became entwined into my professional life as an actor.

Recently, the woman that I had every intention of marrying severed our ties by text. This was a confusing and upsetting  move that seemed to come from nowhere. We had just spent an evening together, I had spent a small fortune on a long promised, indulgent takeaway pizza order that she so persistently asked me for. We went to bed that night, I kissed her goodbye the following morning, hopped on the bus to work, and received the heartbreak by text. Three years undone in a few cold words on a screen. 

I am comfortable in the knowledge that I was always the most generous and loving of partners, however, I must admit that my decaying mental health proved problematic in the end, which is the reason she gave me for leaving. 

We, both being thespians, had both been cast in a play prior to the break-up, and so a professional approach proved hard to maintain when I found I was fighting back tears the entire performance. 

Upon the closure of that play, I found that she had began telling the people closest to her that I had been abusive and manipulative. I regret to have to admit that I had in fact been the victim of the things she had accused me of. To her credit, she apologised in private for the times she’d hit me or manipulated me, but refused to tell others the truth- deciding that she’d rather damage my reputation with a lie than her own with the truth. 

I hope, to all those that have seen me in performance, that my work was not affected by these events. Rest assured, I have made things as right as can be by passing on the truth and supporting evidence to mutual friends in order to stop the damage before it goes any further. It goes without saying that those who know the whole truth are utterly disgusted and disappointed in the person in question.  

I feel, despite the heartbreak, that I am in a better place now. I am able to enjoy my work and smile again. I would like to think I am now a better version of myself. 

Thank you for sticking by me. 

-Luke

2018: My Year?

As the end of 2017 neared, I promised myself at least the first quarter of 2018 as a break from acting so I could finish my writing. Well, life has a funny way of not going the way you planned.

The local drama festival is approaching and, for the first time, I can’t keep up with demand. I’m turning down roles that I would love to take simply because I’m already busy with other plays. It doesn’t look like that will change as the year goes on since I’m already being approached for auditions in April.

With my new film, “About Chris”, premiering in March and directors asking me to fill roles further in advance than ever before, this looks to be my year as an actor.

If “About Chris” is a success, I may even be able to afford more time to spend on my writing projects in between rehearsals. A week or so away from my full-time job could even be enough to finish off the script for my musical all together. 

We will see. 

 

Officially fully booked

My schedule this year has been nothing short of manic. Since the beginning of the year, I have been working on the wonderful musical, "All Shook Up" which we performed in June. I juggled that with a February run of "The Importance of Being Earnest" and rehearsals for an April run of "Visiting Hour".

Since then, I have been straight back to the front line, juggling rehearsals of "Year of the Hiker" and "Outside edge"- the latter to be performed in August and the former to be toured in September.

I can announce that, today, I was cast in "Dead Guilty" to be performed in October and I am attached to a pantomime (still to be cast) which opens in November into December.

 

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Quite the busy year. Time for a break? No, probably not. 

I have a Patreon now

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I have launched a Patreon to (hopefully) help me keep eating.  

I have a perpetually empty wallet. Work has been scarce recently which means I've had some spare time opened up to me. In that spare time, I have been drawing adorable characters in a style I quickly fell in love with. I'd like to take these drawings further. They'd look great on t-shirts, stickers, as figurines- the possibilities are plentiful!
I'm hoping Patreon will help me afford food, rent on the (singular) room I'm living in, and even to take my ideas further.
An added bonus- if I'm earning enough from these drawings alone, I can give up working for other people and focus all of my time on my own business ideas. That would be wonderful!

'Worry Doll' Released

'Worry Doll', my new app, has been released on Android! The artistic style will be familiar to those of you acquainted with my Instagram. The app is designed for people who need someone to talk to but feel they can't talk to anyone. 'Worry Doll' listens to you, never interrupts, and cannot share anything you tell it.

The idea came to me based on my own experiences with depression and anxiety, and the methods I once used to overcome those problems.

The app is free! Please give it a try, share your ideas for features with me on social media, and leave a rating. If you can, please donate to the iOS version fund so that I can offer the app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod in the future.

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