Robin Hood Sparkles in Dunstable.
The Magic Beans Pantomimes production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood opens it’s season on December 12 at the wonderful Grove Theatre in Dunstable.
A few days before opening the cast took to the streets of the town on a flat bed truck to spread the Christmas Sparkle message.
We travelled all over Dunstable visiting sponsors like Specsavers, Costa, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The response from the citizens of Dunstable was warm and appreciative with much hilarity when Steve Hewlett’s “dummy” Arthur Lager chatted up the lady folk!
A huge highlight for me was meeting a gentleman who had a copy of the programme from my 2002 panto season in St Albans.
It was a hugely successful day culminating in a special Christmas Sparkle concert in Grove Park.
Here’s some pics of the day.
Serving the coffee at Costa
Clowning around at Costa
Trying the samples at Specsavers
Christmas Sparkle concert
The whole team
meeting the good folk of Dunstable
Arriving at Church fete
A White Christmas?
My bags are packed, passport is in the pocket. UK here I come for pantomime in Dunstable. Question is …. Will it Snow, Will it Snow , Will it SNOW?”
I am really looking forward to another Festive Season in the UK working with great mates on a fun show. If you are anywhere near Bedfordshire I would love to see you at the show. I will be posting regular panto diaries. All the deets on my panto HERE.
Now, last Christmas I made this video of the Xmas song I wrote and performed with The Pacific Belles ” If You Want a Happy Christmas”
This year the song remains available on iTunes BUT I am including a CD copy in every personalised Christmas Card I am sending out.
My Christmas Package of card and CD for only ￡10:00 (Only ￡8.50 for my subscribers) is proving a big hit. If you are looking for a cute, reasonably priced gift for friends or family look no further!
You can purchase HERE.
Merry (Panto) Christmas!
My Big Month
The last four weeks have been a wonderful creatively. The crowning event has been the 20th Anniversary episode of the Kennedy family arrival on Ramsay Street. The episode ran on Australian TV on October 3rd and on UK TV on October 17. I hope you managed to catch it. If not it is worth a look if only for all the fun and saucy flashbacks covering 20 years of the family’s involvement with the fabulous Neighbours. My time on the show has been the highlight of my career and every day I count my blessings for the opportunities and professional satisfaction the programme has brought me.
I have created a Dr Karl Kennedy page on this website to celebrate our 20 years with lots of fun photos and interesting links.
You can view that here: http://wp.me/P4xVQG-9h
20 Happy On-screen years
Musically things have been as fun as they have been varied.
I joined with the Pacific Belles and the U.F.O. (Ukelele Family Orchestra) to record a version of the old Bing Crosby/ Andrews Sisters classic “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” This project was to support fundraising for Creativity Australia’s support of community singing.
Here’s our work for your enjoyment:
Lastly I stepped into the Fox FM Studios in Melbourne to record a cover version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” for the Fifi and Dave Breakfast show.
Here’s how that came out.
I hope you are enjoying Neighbours and my website news.
Coming up…. I’m am off to gig in Iceland!
Neighbours Cast get wet for ALS.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the world raising much needed funding for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In the UK participants donate funds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
For the uninitiated the challenge involves dumping a bucket of icy water over the participant’s head. The participant, ideally, also makes a donation toward research.
Saskia Hampele (Georgia Brooks in Neighbours) nominated me to Thanks Rebekah Elmaloglou, Harley Bonner and Tim Phillipps for the help. (If you look closely you can see Tim’s reflected wave in the Grease Monkey’s window as he films.)be involved and this is the result.
If you are nominated for the challenge join in and have some fun – but don’t forget that the object is to raise money!
Check out Stefan Dennis and Rebekah Elmalogolou’s combined challenge.
Here’s some more from
Saskia Hampele http://instagram.com/p/sB2L9BTXx6/
Ariel Kaplan http://instagram.com/p/sCG616rbvV/
and Scott Major.
Inside Soap Award nominations honour for Neighbours.
Nominations for the Inside Soap Awards 2014 have just been announced and Neighbours has been recognised in two categories. The show has been nominated for best Daytime Soap and Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Chris Milligan and Jenna Rosenow for best Daytime Star.
We would love you to vote for us!
Best Daytime Star
Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy)
Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy)
Chris Milligan (Kylie Canning)
Jenna Rosenow (Amber Turner)
and Best Daytime soap for Neighbours
I have just been working on a short film for my best Buddy Stig Wemyss of Mezzanine Productions. Stig is making a film for Tropfest 2014 and asked me to do a cameo for him.
Brilliant day filming some madness with a brilliant cast and crew including a talented goat.
(BTW Stig shot and edited the Xmas song video clip I released with The Pacific Belles last year. IF YOU WANT A HAPPY CHRISTMAS – See Below)
So I was inspired to head down to St Kilda and make my own short film promoting the advantages of subscribing to alanfletcher.net.
My little film is an homage to Bob Dylan’s famous clip for his song Subterranean Homesick Blues.
What I loved was that a random passerby unwittingly appearing in the film with me so I had a cast – just like Bob.
Enjoy and if you would like to explore the benefits of subscribing click here.
Speaking of the wonderful Pacific Belles, they have been selected to be part of Team Australia in The World Championships of Performing Arts in LA in July!!! However they need to raise $15000 to fund the cost of the trip. You can help the gals get to LA through Pozible.
The recent revamp of alanfletcher.net had one key goal in mind.
To improve and personalise my communication with friends, followers and supporters.
So far everything is running to plan beautifully.
Since updating alanfletcher.net and inviting people to subscribe to my website I have had over 150 people sign on. All these new subscribers received my first music blog featuring UK muso Denny Lloyd and including a free download of his song “Shadow.
12 subscribers have also received emailed birthday messages from me and I have mailed as autographed card as promised.
All my subscribers will shortly begin to receive my exclusive blog about life on and around Ramsay Street.
And, of course, all my subscribers get a hefty 20% of all non-digital product in the af.net store.
Thanks for the support and if you would like to subscribe just click here.