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February 2011

Hi Guys

Another month and another diary/blog entry!

It has been an absolutely manic month in February but sadly no work and only one commercial casting for Sharwoods.

It was quite ironic really, as a lot of you will already know, I am a fully qualified chef and cook regularly when I am “in between jobs” or “resting” (which has been a lot over the past few years!), so I thought when they advertised for actors with advanced culinary skills, I would be in with a great shout.

Guess what………nothing, not even a recall!!

I have a bit of history with this type of thing and have been seen over the years for at least 3 or 4 jobs, which needed “real” chefs and have never got the job, as I said, quite ironic, really.

The football is a bit “hit and miss” at the moment, I truly thought a couple of weeks ago that ITFC would be pushing for a play off place (especially after the 6-0 win over Doncaster) but 2 disappointing draws against Barnsley and Hull and losses against QPR and most recently Portsmouth, have not helped in our quest for the holy grail, keep the faith, some of my mates have said – I will, but it is waning!

I spent a really nice weekend in Yorkshire visiting the family, an afternoon at Betty's tearooms and a gorgeous meal at Vivido made for something really memorable. I don't get to see the folks as often as I would like but I will be up there twice more in the coming weeks for the Leeds United game and a family wedding respectively, so they will be seeing rather more of me than usual.

I have just received the Coronation Street 50th anniversary DVD which covers the whole week of the tram crash episodes plus loads of behind the scenes footage and how we created the live episode.

Yours truly can be seen in 3 of the 5 episodes along with bits and bobs of me behind the scenes which includes the read through of the live episode with all the cast.

I am told it's available in most shops and on line, if you're interested it's called “Tram Crash” (well, it would be wouldn't it!!).

My thanks to all the people who have sent me emails over the past month, I don't know why, but there have been loads and I WILL get round to answering them as soon as I can, I PROMISE.

Oh, one other thing. The release date for ‘Blitz’ (the Jason Statham movie I worked on over 2 years ago!) has now been confirmed for May 6th 2011. It is a ‘blink and you’ll miss me’ role (which may well be on the cutting room floor anyway!!). For those of you interested I have put the link below for the films trailer, it actually looks pretty damn good!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8quOsfmFto

As always, if there's anything of note before the next diary entry in early April, I will add it to this month's entry with a STOP PRESS.

Take care

John x

January 2011

Happy New Year!!

It's always difficult to decide at what point in the year you stop saying this.

Do you say it to people when you see them again for the first time?

That doesn't really work if you only see someone in August and say “happy new year”, you'd look daft.

I think I can just about get it away with it for this entry though.

January has come and gone so here's a little bit about the latter part of December and the month in question….

Gutted is an understatement when it came to the dreadful weather at the back end of December – it disrupted everything, including my beloved horse racing on Boxing Day!

We even had problems getting away to the Red Sea with some lengthy delays and unusually wet and stormy weather whilst we were there – the world is going mad. Still at least we didn't see any white tipped or maco sharks!!

As always, I tend to talk about my love of ITFC and I was gutted when we went out of the league cup against Arsenal at the Emirates, we had taken a 1-0 lead to the London venue and lasted into the early part of the second half, (30 minutes from a dream final at Wembley and a huge payout!) but it wasn't to be.

I am off to Pride Park tonight and hopefully we can get ourselves a win and start to climb the table. I have some great games coming up including a home tie with the enemy in April and an away tie against Leeds in March, both of which will involve making a weekend of it, in the respective locations.

I was seen for a nice part on Law and Order UK but despite doing my very best and it going down to the wire, I lost out to another actor (it boiled down to just me and him, in the end), I am sure he will enjoy working on what is one of my favourite shows currently on the TV.

I think my stats on the website have either corrupted or gone insane, last time I looked there were 24 people who had spent 1 hour plus on the site (and they were unique visitors!), that's surely got to be wrong.

One last thing, if you're in Birmingham on the 26th March, come along and support Equity (the actors union) in their quest to stop huge arts cuts being enforced by government and local councils, by marching peacefully around the city – the more voices, the better – you don't have to be an actor to protest! More details on this event in next month's entry.

Well, until next month, all the very best and take special care

John x

December 2011

Hi Guys

Many thanks to all of you for logging in over 2011 to look at the various areas of the site, I hope you have enjoyed the additional uploads.

Christmas was fabulous and thoroughly enjoyable, I hope yours was too.

It's now onto 2012, hopefully it will be a great year for us all.

Take care and speak to you next month

John xxx

November 2011

Hi Guys

Well, it's only a few more sleeps till Santa and I can't wait… I love Christmas and everything about it.

For me, it's quality time with the family, great food, great wine and great company. Link that with horse racing, carol concerts, pantomimes, football matches, holidays and a great deal more – and you've got a winning combination!

I tend to do the cooking at Christmas and this year is no different. I've decided on a starter of baby gems filled with smoked salmon and crayfish, topped with Tabasco mayo, toasted garlic & chives and a drizzle of my finest lemon oil. I'll follow this with the usual Christmas day main course but serve it with honey-roasted roots and oven-baked greens.

I expect I'll be my usual competitive self when we play trivial pursuit in the evenings but I'm doing some lovely open sandwiches and a classic turkey Caesar, so I may be more distracted than usual and give someone else the chance to win.

I know it's swearing (and my accountant will laugh) but I'm doing some presenting work for HMRC next week. It's ironic but I thought I may as well do it, taking money off the taxman, rather than the other way round, is as good as it gets really!!

Apart from that, there's some changes to the site, including glee club photos and (finally!) the Corrie clip, I hope you like them. I can't believe it's a year ago to the day, that I was freezing cold, stood on the cobbles waiting for 7.30 pm and someone to say – “action”. Great times!!!!!!

All that's left for me to say, is have a wonderful Christmas and may I wish you all the very best for 2012.

I will post my next diary entry in the New Year.

Take care

John xx

October 2011

Hi Guys

Well as I write this entry we are now into the first week of November. I cannot believe how the time seems to have flown by. Another six weeks and it will be Christmas again.

I've had a lot of people asking me what I've been up to of late, so as my current role draws to a natural close, I am happy to share some moments, of some of the happiest times in the business I've ever had, with a bunch of lads that no other job will ever replicate.

The Glee Club started out for me many months ago when my agent rang to offer me the role of Walt Hemmings. I didn't know anything about the show so I did some digging, obtained a script and sat down to read it.

It became apparent very quickly that this was a beautifully written piece and I decided there and then that I wanted to do it. There were a few sticking points around some time off, holidays, money, commuting etc but to be fair, Hull Truck & Tessa Walker our director, bent over backwards to accommodate these.

Rehearsals started in August for a 4 week period, split between London and Hull and these proved not only insightful and exciting, but shaped the way the show looks and sounds to this day.

I spent a fabulous 4 week run in Hull prior to going on tour to some of the most mismatched venues I've ever played in. It would be wrong and unethical for me to say which ones were sensational, great, average, bad and downright bloody awful – but they were!

Touring can be a lonely existence, but with some of the venues we visited, the lads we have in the cast, some lovely audiences and some fine weather, it was made very special, and I will be really sad to leave, when the show ends its run in Darlington, County Durham.

I can honestly say, we've had so many laughs, lots of fun and real enjoyment as a company, part of me will miss this show terribly – but life moves on and something (fingers crossed) will come in to take my mind of the hole that The Glee Club leaves behind.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful cast mates (Paul Clarkson, Marc Pickering, Sean McKenzie, Tony Clegg and Michael Chance) Tessa Walker, Phil Bateman, Richard Cameron, Andrew Smaje, Eleanor Dixon, Lesley Chenery, all the crew and backroom staff at Hull Truck Theatre, all the venues (and people associated with them) we have visited, and finally to all the people who have watched this show, took it to their heart, and made it what it is. Thank you all!

Well, I'm going to have to go now, I should have ideally handed my tax return in to my accountant (Kate – it's being done this week – I promise!!) by now, so I need to crack on with it ASAP.

Don't forget you can always get in touch with me via the site or follow me on twitter and get in touch with me that way (@johnburtonactor).

Take special care and I'll post November's entry – in early December!

Until next time, take special care.

John xxx

September 2011

Hi Guys

A little later than I would have liked this month but I have been so busy with “The Glee Club” that I haven't had time to think!!

It's been a mad 6 weeks with rehearsals starting in London in mid August and moving to Hull in early September.

Because a lot has happened in September such as previews and press nights etc, it is probably best that I put all the gossip into the September entry (so you'll just have to wait for that)

I can say however that when I met up with the boys in the cast and all the technical team – it was an absolute joy.

As time has gone on, we have bonded more and more and (although it's a bit clichéd) we all get on so well.

Our director Tessa and the team have worked so hard with long days and weekends to create a fabulous show.

I have been asked on a number of occasions (as has everyone else!) if it's anything to do with Glee (the trashy USA television import!!) and the answer is still, and always will be, NO!

This show is about 6 hard working, hard drinking, Yorkshire miners who live and work in a mining village, all of whom sing in a GLEE CLUB (and they're not bad either!)

I would highly recommend coming to see it, you will be laughing out loud and have tears in your eyes intermittently throughout the show, and the final act pay off, makes for a very moving ending.

If we get any positive newspaper reviews then I will publish them next month, I am sure we will. The Independent and The Guardian have already been, so their reviews will be imminent I guess.

We are now into the run proper, so PLEASE try to come and see it, it will be worth the ticket price!

I hope you all managed to watch my appearance on ‘Catch me if you can', I didn't have loads to say, but there were some very well known actors from mainstream TV in it also who looked like extras/supporting artistes as they didn't say a word. I had 2 small decent scenes, so I came off rather well.

Have to go now, loads on as always, until next time …..

John xx

August 2011

Hi Guys

Well it's early in August and I am now able to publish the July entry.

I'm delighted to announce that after successful dialogue I will be playing the role of Walt Hemmings for Hull Truck theatre's production of – The Glee Club, in Hull, prior to a national tour.

If you liked the full Monty, brassed off and the pitmen painters you'll love this.

It's 1962 and in the heart of the south Yorkshire coalfields, the Edlington Colliery's glee club are preparing for their annual gala performance, but Philip, the musical director, has got a problem, and so have all the others.

Bant's wife has run off with the tea deliveryman, Walt is trying to get over losing his, Scobie is having problems at home, Colin wants to be a rock star and Jack has romantic ideas above his station.

With the gala only a few weeks away, music seems to be the last thing on anyone's mind and that's before a revelation that will change everything.

Combining raucous wit and close-harmony songs, the glee club features a six strong cast of male character actors recognisable from stage and screen in a show that contains nudity and coarse/strong language.

Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged!

I am really excited to start working with the lads and the fabulously talented Tessa Walker (our director), when rehearsals start in earnest shortly.

The show runs at Hull Truck from 8th Sep – 8th Oct before embarking on tour to – Doncaster, Croydon, Eastbourne, Perth, Lowestoft, Barnsley, Crewe, Kendal and Darlington.

If you can get along to see the show, I would love to see you, please contact the theatres directly for dates and ticketing information. If you Google “Hull Truck Glee Club”, all the details will be there.

Away from work, I'm going to be a busy boy over the next couple of weeks with a trip to Windsor races (I hope I did better than last year!), a trip to Dublin and an open air proms concert – complete with fireworks!

Football is about to start again (yippee!!), so I am off to Bristol this weekend for the very first match of the season – up the tractor boys!!!

Well, got to go, I have a HUGE script to look at.

Speak soon

John xxx

July 2011

Hi Guys

Well it's early in August and I am now able to publish the July entry.

I'm delighted to announce that after successful dialogue I will be playing the role of Walt Hemmings for Hull Truck theatre's production of – The Glee Club, in Hull, prior to a national tour.

If you liked the full Monty, brassed off and the pitmen painters you'll love this.

It's 1962 and in the heart of the south Yorkshire coalfields, the Edlington Colliery's glee club are preparing for their annual gala performance, but Philip, the musical director, has got a problem, and so have all the others.

Bant's wife has run off with the tea deliveryman, Walt is trying to get over losing his, Scobie is having problems at home, Colin wants to be a rock star and Jack has romantic ideas above his station.

With the gala only a few weeks away, music seems to be the last thing on anyone's mind and that's before a revelation that will change everything.

Combining raucous wit and close-harmony songs, the glee club features a six strong cast of male character actors recognisable from stage and screen in a show that contains nudity and coarse/strong language.

Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged!

I am really excited to start working with the lads and the fabulously talented Tessa Walker (our director), when rehearsals start in earnest shortly.

The show runs at Hull Truck from 8th Sep – 8th Oct before embarking on tour to – Doncaster, Croydon, Eastbourne, Perth, Lowestoft, Barnsley, Crewe, Kendal and Darlington.

If you can get along to see the show, I would love to see you, please contact the theatres directly for dates and ticketing information. If you Google “Hull Truck Glee Club”, all the details will be there.

Away from work, I'm going to be a busy boy over the next couple of weeks with a trip to Windsor races (I hope I do better than last year!), a trip to Dublin and an open air proms concert – complete with fireworks!

Football is about to start again (yippee!!), so I am off to Bristol this weekend for the very first match of the season – up the tractor boys!!!

Well, got to go, I have a HUGE script to look at.

Speak soon

John xxx

June 2011

Hi Guys

My sincere apologies for the lack of dialogue on here recently. As I explained in the May entry, we have had real issues with the site which resulted in numerous corrupted files.

Because the site is so popular and gets a lot of traffic, we needed to move it to a bigger server, and this caused the issues.

For some reason, photographs disappeared, the diary section was wiped and unavailable to view, and the website reverted back to how it looked in 2002!!

All in all, it was a complete disaster but thankfully the techies that look after my site, eventually got on top of things, and (fingers crossed) we are now back to normality.

So, what's been happening…. well

Where do I start?

I suppose I have to go back to early in May when the site crashed and rumours started to swirl regarding a job offer. I still can't say a lot about it, as we are still trying to sort out personal terms (it's a long slow process that still puts me at 50/50 whether I will do it).

There are a couple of sticking points which may upset the apple cart (hence why I can't say a great deal) but what I am prepared to say is that it will involve me going back to do some theatre. This will involve a residency in a big city before heading off on a short UK tour.

I will be playing one of the lead characters in a show that's described as “Brassed Off” meets “The Full Monty”, and yes, before you ask, the show does involve nudity and coarse/strong language!!

Once my representatives (and the theatre group) have agreed terms, I will publish a stop press on here, with all the details of the theatres we will be visiting, along with telephone numbers, should you want to book tickets.

How exciting if it all happens.

Aside from this, I spent a lovely day in Maidstone filming a new series for the BBC called “Catch Me If You Can”. I play a true life character called DS Andy Nicoll and the 1 hour episode is a reconstruction of the 53 million pounds Securitas raid that happened a few years ago – Google it, and you'll get an idea of what actually happened with the robbery.

Training has been going well, and I am losing the odd pound or so per week to get to my goal weight in late August. In fact as I write this, I have just done a cheeky six mile run.

It was a great honour also, to do a 13 mile walk for charity which raised loads of money and was much harder than I thought (I think people just thought they could fall out of bad and walk 13 miles ….no, it's not that easy!!)

I have a real busy 6-8 weeks coming up with LOADS of things happening, so, if next months entry is a little late, apologies in advance!

Got to go, keep checking back for any updated information.

Take care

John xx

May 2011

Due to unforeseen technical issues the May 2011 entry is currently unavailable to view.

This may be a short term problem but we hope to have the fault rectified in time for the June 2011 entry.

Many thanks.