IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!
*GULP* This is my last year of my 20’s.
After a long hard year of being injured and out of work I decided to throw a few celebrations. I had a small, intimate birthday gathering at home with close friends and family, which I shared with one of my best friends Chevonne (who also happens to be my aunt-in-law and is also born on the 4th August).
After aiming all year to be well enough to wear heels for, my birthday night out, the actual party at Rise Night club, I set about looking for a party dress. As luck would have it, my good friend Annona posted some modelling photos on Facebook for a website her friend has just set up called The Drunk Blonde’s Closet. That was it I fell in love and bought the ‘Essex’ two piece in nude. Based around the clothes she would love to have in her closet, Tea has a decided to merge contemporary and vintage pieces from varying designers and also showroom pieces. The prices are fantastic and really affordable . Items range from marijuana crops to Disney printed high-waisted shorts, maxi dresses, playsuits to 90’s bags, tie-dye jumpsuits and beaded dresses. The service I received was brilliant, with Tea even changing my order last moment and shipping it next-day delivery at no extra cost! (I picked the wrong colour)
To top it off, your order arrives with a sweet treat and illustrated business card. Of course I took a selfie for the ‘gram, to my surprise TDBC had featured me on their Instagram page and given me 10% off my next purchase. I can’t wait to use it, the trouble is I like so much and can’t pick only one thing to choose. If you like your fashion with a twist and like supporting new businesses check out their website www.thedrunkblondescloset.com
Thanks to everyone for making it a brilliant and unforgettable birthday ♥
P.S. My feet are killing!
Oh my goodness, one of my favourite plays (A Streetcar named Desire) by Tennessee Williams is showing at one of my favourite theatres, (The Young Vic) and I’ve just been offered a ticket!! My birthday definitely came early and what a gift it was!
Having played the lead role of Blanche Dubois in my GCSE exam and then later, Stella in college, this play has a special place in my heart. (Despite the fact the film version stars the legendary Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh!).
Mesmerising, gritty, funny, sad and beautiful.
I must say Gillian Anderson was absolutely spot on as Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and totally mesmerising. From the moment she walked on, Gillian swallowed up the audience’s attention. Feminine, girly, aging and living in a dream-like world of her own. Blanche is a fragile creature. Her high-pitched descent in madness kept you at the edge of your seat, whilst the chemistry between Stella and Stanley was red-hot! Their volatile- passionate relationship physically irked Blanche and it was her small idiosyncrasies that eventually bubbled over to a tense and emotional finale. I could say the same for Blanche and Stanley. The tension between them created a heat in the room, which made you want to look away whilst at the same time watch their every move. Stella played by Vanessa Kirby was young, fresh in her high-waisted jeans, vulnerable yet happy. Her energy uplifted the piece. In contrast Ben Foster was the ideal loud, brutal, unforgiving, primal yet sensual Stanley. Swaggering around the place, slamming things, hitting his wife and then feeling the despair he felt afterwards of being apart from his baby and causing her pain was as raw as it gets. Ben’s performance made me grit my teeth a few times (a good thing) as his cruel behaviour towards Blanche rocked the atmosphere. I just wanted to jump in and save her. The ever-loving Mitch played by Corey Johnson brought the sweet and lonely man; who lives for his mum to life. The entire ensemble were brilliant and kept the piece at a high pace, whilst encapsulating the laid-back Southern life of New Orleans. Director Benedict Andrews’ love for piece really shines through as every element feels carefully thought-out and there is real dedication to the smallest of details, which does the original justice. Saying that it is refreshing remake, which has it’s own identity and I would have enjoyed it regardless of knowing the original play. Andrews give it modern feel in a way that we can relate to in the year 2014, just as he did previously with Chekov’s Three Sisters by placing them on a stage of tables which were removed throughout the play until all was left was an earth mound, reminiscent of Beckett. (Which I had the pleasure to go and see at the Young Vic again in 2012).
The set was genius, a simple streamlined white frame and design with its own working electricity, which allowed the characters to use the lights, radio, lamps and other household items inside the apartment. The sheer curtain separating the rooms gave it a sense of elegance and poverty which clashed just as the characters did. The simplicity of the set allowed the scene and characters to move a fluidly at a natural pace. Set in the round, it rotated to accompany the scenes and character, meanwhile distorting your view and vision. The best part was the lighting! The lighting changed colour throughout the play relating to the scene and mainly Blanche’s mental state, with purples, pinks and reds suddenly becoming apparent when Blanche was nearing mental breakdown. The set really made you feel inclusive, almost like you were inside her mind, spiralling into madness. Again Benedict Andrews genius shines through. I was happy to see a friend of mine in the cast and nearly shouted out “Troy!” when I saw the lovely and highly talented Troy Glasgow on stage as Pedro, one of Mitch’s friends. He has been working steadily and building up a great CV for himself over the last 10+ years. Hopefully this role will get him more stand-out roles. I was also pleased to see some multi-cultural casting in the piece considering it was written in 1947!
I actually want to see it again it was that good! There are £5 standing tickets available and A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live to over 1,000 cinemas around the world on Tuesday 16 September by National Theatre Live so go on their site and get a ticket! http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/a-streetcar-named-desire
I was so excited when I read about Housed online, a community production by the Old Vic and couldn’t wait to click and get my tickets, so I was devastated to see that the FREE tickets to the Old Vic’s Community Company production Housed by David Watson had ‘sold’ out! I was really hoping to support my fellow actor Michael Salami who had a role in the piece and of course any excuse to see some quality theatre, especially for free. Luckily a couple of weeks later Michael alerted me to a new batch and I snapped up four tickets.
Three of my friends Chukwudi Onwere, Daniel Bailey and Claudius Peters (who are also brilliant actors/creatives that I’ve worked with previously) accompanied me, which turned it into a mini-reunion too!
It was performed in the round and a brilliant depiction of London living. Housed was as honest as you can get, a great representation of the City and times we live in. From the women in the housing office acting as therapists to the estate agents and their selling skills and banter, to the heartbreaking story of a young teenage girl with undiagnosed mental issues living at home with her mum, falling pregnant and eventually committing suicide. The ‘Empty nester’ with the huge family home and no young family left to live in it, complaining about the lack of families and neighbourhood spirit on her road, wanting to move but fighting nostalgia and the housing market. The renters, the city workers, the bankers and those with no where to live. A big topic was the bedroom tax and how it affected people, the scenes alternated between light and funny to sad and disturbing yet kept you upbeat. I really enjoyed the underlying musical theme which made the scene changeovers slick and smooth and the topics at hand easier to digest. Michael was fantastic and Thea Gajic was mesmerising as the dreamy teenage girl who ended her own life. The whole play I wondered why I recognised her and then realised the next day that we worked together on a short film! On reading the program I discovered my Uncle Ken’s company Scott Fleary had made the set. I couldn’t believe it, funnily I had tried to invite him earlier I really related to this play and I guess I was bound to this show by the powers that be lol.
The Old Vic will be doing more community productions so if you’re interested in theatre or a budding actor/actress and interested in topics that affect the community. Click the link and check out their website: http://www.oldvictheatre.com
I haven’t been very well recently, so I was really excited when I heard from Trevor Blackman (APE Media) and Chris Samuels inviting me to the Bad Kids pilot episode screening! Here I was excited to just leave the house, little did know until I get there that it was held in a very swish private screening room in Canary Wharf. Trevor treated the team to Prosecco (although not me due to being ill) and the leather reclining seats in the cinema were so comfortable, ah it was pure luxury! It was great to see everyone. The pilot had been edited to such a high standard it actually felt like we were watching a drama series on Channel 4 or E4. The hard work really paid off. The opening credits scene for the actual series was filmed on the Stratford flyover, which took so long to film (after the footage got wiped and we had to go back and re-film it). It was great to see. Standing there in character, no words, barely any movement, conveying emotions through our faces and body language, with the sun shining in our eyes and the wind blowing so ferociously, trying not to blink was so difficult! The scene is amazing and I can’t wait for you all to see it.
The pilot episode received positive feedback from the London Live channel, they’ve shown some interest and want to see more so fingers crossed everyone! We’ll start filming in the Spring, none of the cast have even read the script yet and will have a table read in a couple of months. I’m looking forward to indulging myself with the script and getting started.
So last week I shot the first of many photo shoots for a new female, fitness wear brand called Afrika Wild (Instagram @afrikawild). I was asked to be the face and body of the brand and I couldn’t be more excited to work with them and endorse something I feel strongly about I love to keep fit, eat healthily and look after my body, plus the shorts I modelled were so cute! The brand owner is Talitha (Tia) Lindo, a brilliant actress I worked with last year in the mockumentary ‘Love Freely But Pay For Sex’. It’s always great when you get on with the people you work with and can support each other in future endeavours. So if you support me, rally round and show her some love! The shorts make great stocking fillers (early I know) or a treat for yourself!
Be sure to follow @afrikawild on Twitter and Instagram, any discount codes or special offers will be shown there. Also check out www.afrikawild.co.uk to buy you ‘I LOVE SQUATS’ shorts and plenty more fitness wear in the near future.
Here’s a sneak peek below, I will post the photos in my gallery when I get them 😉
Photographer Pierre Marku
So I decided I wanted to be an Avatar for the day!
Tia, a family friend of mine asked to be the model in her end of year college show. You may remember I modelled the special effects burns make-up previously for Tia and we had loads of fun. This time however it was Body Painting… yes people… butt naked! (Aside from bikini bottoms of course). The theme Tia had in mind was an underwater creature but after sharing a preview on my Instagram (@sophia_sinclair), there was one word which kept cropping up.
I had such a fun day, it was a long one. It took Tia roughly 6 hours to apply, who knew body painting was so intricate? Tia also used silver leaf to cover my modesty and each piece had to be applied individually with tweezers. The paint was slicked onto my skin using water and then we had to wait for it to dry before she applied more coats or any detailing. It was FREEZING!!! Imagine being naked and then coated in wet paint! I had the essentials though (snacks, hot tea, magazines and my phone) so can’t complain. Tia really looked after me. My make-up looked so extra-terrestrial, with silver-leaf forehead detail and the turquoise colours really suited my skin tone. (Did I mention Tia is a qualified make-up artist now). Follow her Instagram: @tiannadelight_x.
I would definitely do it again! Check below for photos of the finished job.
Instagram: @sophia_sinclair (above)
With some of the other models (below)
I loved the look so much I went home with my face make-up on. Managed to get a nice seat on the train too 😉
I had so much fun at the fashion show, thank you for those that came along to support me! My favourite items were a wool tweed pink jacket from Jaegar, an Emerald coloured jacket from Reiss called Rosalie (how cute) and an orange bowler hat from Jigsaw. Make-up was done by Bobbi Brown and my hair was gelled into submission by Nicholson & Griffin. (Bless them). I’m looking forward to modelling again soon, I always forget how fun it is, after all the stress of quick changes, remembering the catwalk routine and focussing on not doing a Naomi and catapulting onto the floor. All of our dressers were fabulous, thank you to Rudo especially who practically dressed everyone in record time yet again (@dour_bunny) from Jaegar and also the lovely Paula MJ Carney from Barbour…. she also created a backstage photoshoot with her iPhone
All the models were great fun, sometimes it can be a bit…. -_- but they were lovely! Look out for the photos in my modelling section but for now you get a sneak peek!
It’s that time again in the fashion world where everyone wants you to look at their new collections and I’ve been chosen to model for an exciting fashion show! Lucky me! Come down and catch me modelling brands such as Jaegar, Barbour, Reiss and Jigsaw at the ‘Best of British Autumn Fashion Show’ on 20th September 2012 at Leadenhall Market, London. The shows will be 1pm and 5pm, oh and you get a FREE glass of bubbly too (for the first 100 people) as well as giveaways and a makeover by Bobbi Brown.
GOOGLE MAPS: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=leadenhallmarket&aq=f&ie=UTF-8&hl=en
I have always been told growing up, that I would make a great teacher, so low and behold my delight when I received a job offer earlier this year to teach drama at my old college (Lambeth College, Clapham). After the initial excitement, fear set in. My class, Drama Enrichment was to be a weekly 2-hour class for any students wanting an introduction to drama or extra improvement. Lesson plans, drama exercises and workshop games were the main hurdles, as I had never taught teenagers or put together an actual class before, only short workshops. The classes ranged from, improvisation, tongue twisters to HipHop beats, Shakespeare and Script work. Many of the students had never acted before so this was a real introduction for them and they loved it!