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1click2fame Internet Talent Show Competition

 

See Louise’s Family of the Grotesque as they seek their way to fame and fortune!

See the videos and place votes.

The Order of Disorder….

 

Louise’s newest work, a trilogy published by Chipmunka Publishing due out in paperback soon, dates to be announced

 

Visit Chipmunka Publishing

Fit & Funky Dance Show

 

Working with Community Vibe CIC in collaboration with Rosie Kay Dance Company. As assistant project co-ordinator, I am involved  in working with service users and members of the public in devising a dance piece which addresses the stigma often surrounding  mental health issues.

 

We will be performing this unique dance piece on July 23rd at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome.

 

Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, Advantage West Midlands, this is a People Dancing project, part of West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012

 

Click here  to view the flyer.

Tel: 07815 426 606

Email: [email protected]

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COMEDY

October 2nd

Cafe Laffacino, Comedy Fest

Margarett Rose Abri Cafe

Cheapside, Digbeth

 

October 6th

Twitchen's Topical Roundup, Comedy Fest

Red Lion, Hockley

 

October 8th

Funbags, Comedy Fest

Crescent Theatre

 

November 26th

LouDeemY Productions presents Laughter Lines Variety Night

Prince of Wales, Cambridge Street, Birmingham

 

Below are all of my current publications. I’ve always got a couple in the pipeline so keep checking back. There are links to purchase the books if you would like to. Go to the bottom left of this page to read some excerpts from my books.

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In addition to her serious acting and writing, Louise is passionate about humour and comedy both as forms of entertainment and as powerful tools to keep us mentally, physically and spiritually healthy.

 

As a character comedian, she  prefers to deliver her humour hidden behind tons of bizarre make up, costume and characterisation. She performs a whole family of larger than life, but unnervingly recognisable characters, including Kimmy Sue Ann, her street comedy poet who performs regularly (some would say constantly) in Birmingham and the Midlands, as well as making forays further out to London, Glastonbury, the Forest of Dean, Hereford, Derby, Liverpool, and the Edinburgh Fringe.

 

Other popular family members include Nicola Goff-the-Goth, Great Uncle Dirk o’t’dea, Nan Roz Coalstead, Aunt Pamela Mary Crabfish, , and little sister Lucietta Lollipop,  with many others constantly threatening to cruel out of the wood work. (Or is it the wood worm?).  

 

Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Hull, Leamington, Shropshire have all been treated to visits from various family members.

 

Her personal experience of being bullied to within an inch of her life by in her former existence as a nurse  left her with loads of comedy material but no sense of humour whatsoever. Her subsequent vow to remain serious, pessimistic and depressed about the world and those within it for the rest of her life, came to a premature close when her sense of humour unexpectedly returned and she decided to turn tragedy into comedy and live off the proceeds.

A journey through bullying using poetry as the guide. marooned is the compelling story of one woman’s survival.

 

Cost: £3.00

ISBN: 978 1 904552 19 2

 

Available from Kateshill Press

Marooned

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Kimmy Sue Anne, from the rough, tough streets of Dudley’s Kates Hill, overlooked as it is by the town’s ancient castle, waxes lyrical about her love of ancient military edifices.

 

Cost: £3.00

ISBN: 978 1 904552 22 2

 

Available from Kateshill Press

The Forts of Kimmy Sue Anne

This a powerful novel of self discovery which explores the pressure to comply and the spirit of individuality, and culminates dramatically as the two clash and only one can prevail.

 

Cost: £8.00

ISBN: 978 1 904552 30 7

 

Available from Kateshill Press

Faerie Dust

Meet the whole family... Kimmy Sue Anne, Nan, Great Uncle Dirk, Nicola Goff, Pamela Mary Crabfish, Celestine, Arthur Striner Turner and Jean-Stefan de le Broadbean d’Urse au Mange Tout.  

 

Cost: £3.00

ISBN: 978 1 904552 27 7

 

Available from Kateshill Press

Conversations with the Family of the Grotesque

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by Kimmy-Sue Anne

 

I was watching a programme

Bout Astrophysics

I think it was interesting

 

It was bout science and religion

And power and politics

And things

 

Galileo…he was innit, innit

I thought he played with Queen

 

But apparently he lived long time ago

’Fore T.V, even, know what I mean?

 

It brought up lots of questions

That I really wanted to aks

 

But I couldn’t think of any

Perhaps there were too many

 

But I enjoyed it anyway

Cos I learned a new one of me words

 

It’s fine and wicked and phat and sick…

It’s BioNuclearConspiracyAstrophysic

Aks Me

by Louise Stokes

 

The most important part of the Faerie Day

Includes laughter, party, fun and play

Dwelling on tears and dark dismay

Is really not in the spirit of Fey

 

Quick and nimble, bursts of Light

Shining in the day, glowing in the night

Elf or Gnome, Faerie or Sprite

Life is one round of sheer delight

 

If you glimpse them, hold this thought...

You have been honoured by the sight you sought

Since a Faerie sighting can never be bought

Nor can a Faerie ever be caught

 

But seeing them will set you free

And freedom gives you the sight to see

That you can be who you want to be

I know this is true...it happened to me!

Faerie Joy

by Kimmy Sue Anne

 

What’s all the fuss bout food then? You is hungry, you does eat somat, innit? Why is you only supposed to eat stuff wot don’t taste nice,

cos if it does then it must be rubbish…who thought that one up then, ya get me?

You See

by Louise Stokes

 

If hadn’t been There

Then I wouldn’t be Here

And if I wasn’t Here

Then Where would I be?

Feeling Better

Dear Stephen,

 

I've written to Mum, as you suggested - after all, I've had enough time this week. I never would have imagined that a conference about dealing with "Bullying in the Workplace" could be so totally lacking in content about how to deal with bullying in the workplace.

 

I think I may just give up my job altogether when I get back. You know how you're always saying I'm not entirely suited to a career in the health service? I'm beginning to think you may be right, so I might try and get a job in one of the caring professions instead. As you know, I've always had this strong belief, call it an intuition, ever since I was very young, that healing people was to be part of my purpose in life….after I'd decided that I didn't really want to become a princess, a show jumper, or a pop singer. Which you probably didn't know, because I don't think I've ever told you about that before. And you also won't know, because I never told you this either, that I did of course harbour a longer-held desire to be an actress. I'm sure that won't surprise you, though, you're always telling me that I'm over-dramatic about everything, and that I don't live in the real world…so I have the key qualities really, don't I? But then, of course I was told by Mrs Stanton that 'nice girls don't become actresses.' And I so wanted to be a nice girl, didn't I?

 

A nice girl who brought some good to the world. Which is why I thought that working in the health service was a good idea, although I did enrol in a night school drama course for a brief while, guiltily attending whilst constantly keeping a lookout for anyone who might report my misdemeanour back to Mrs Stanton, even though I was no longer at school. Well anyone can make a mistake can't they…perhaps I need to search elsewhere for an outlet which will allow me to try and heal the world and the people who make it such a sad place on account of their own despair. Anyway, I'm doing that digression thing again that my Mother's always telling me - and you - about. So, like I say, I 've done what you asked and written to her, and, since I'm away for the rest of the week, I want to ask you to do something for me in return. I do appreciate how you took my side during that argument with Mum, especially since you don't really believe in any of my "stuff" as you call it.

The Faerie Dust Letters

by Kimmy Sue Anne

 

Innit is it innit that

The conversation of the young

When dey does chew de fat

 

Innit is it innit that

The adolescent words of choice

To hang and have some chat

Innit

Innit is it innit that

Whatever, I aint bovvered, man

Cos nutting ever never riles dem

An’ sick is fine and good is fat

 

Innit is it innit that

A whole new language in our midst

Know wha’ I mean, ya get me chap?

 

So is it innit is it so

That innit is it innit that

Dote make no sense, tho’

does it tho’?

 

Innit?

But then I’ll have a memory

A flash of something past

A smile, a phrase, a feeling

That passes by too fast

 

So I believe that person

I grew up knowing well

Has just gone into hiding

To escape a personal hell

 

And when the time is right again

If that should ever be

The someone I grew up with

Will start looking back at me

by Louise Stokes

 

Long ago, I was someone

And now I’m someone new

A re-invention of myself

The old me, out of view

 

Sometimes I think the someone

Who used to be that me

Is no longer in existence

Has simply ceased to be

Inside Out

Louise Stokes Bio

Louise writes and performs all her own work as well  running  drama and creative workshops for both children and adults of all ages and backgrounds .  

 

As a freelance artist, most of her work is issue-based and awareness raising, using both humour and serious social comment through the mediums of literature and drama to try and challenge perceptions which are discriminatory, prejudiced, ignorant, or just plain unhelpful.

 

Her previous background has given her the opportunity to use her drama and writing training and skills to work creatively with people experiencing mental health issues, as well as with a variety of other people from many different backgrounds.

As Company Secretary with Award winning Theatre and Arts In Health Company Community Vibe CIC, Louise’s roles also include writer, actor, project co-ordinator and sessional worker. The creative work with Community Vibe is varied and innovative, including theatre, dance and arts projects which aim to help change people’s lives for the better.  

 

As a member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers Louise is a  practicing Spiritual Healer, and has completed her second Degree Reiki Healer training. She believes that Faeries, Angels and all of her Guardians have guided her through the dark tunnels of life and led her out into the Light of a better world.

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Both Reiki and the National Federation of Spiritual Healing(NFSH) are forms of Natural Healing. They are Natural therapies whereby healing energy is channelled by the healer through to the healee.

 

Everyone is made of energy and when that energy is unbalanced in some way, it can result in illness or stress. The healer, calling in the energy from its 'source' simply channels it through and each individual's own inner wisdom then ensures the energy is sent where it is most needed. Since the energy knows where it needs to go, the healer does not need to know what may be troubling a healee, although if it helps to talk, then the healer is there to listen.

 

I work as a volunteer for the NFSH at Rushall Community Centre, which is free of charge, but welcomes donations to help cover overheads..for details access or call Sandy Edwards on 01922 627346.

 

I also offer private healing sessions, either NFSH, or Reiki, and again, I do not charge for this service, instead I suggest that healees may like to give a donation to something or somewhere that is meaningful to them, only if they wish to of course!

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The following podcasts are available at Black Country Podcasting for download.

Click the quick links to listen...

 

Hear some of Louise's poetry including:

Epilogue, Inside Out, The Wrong Path, Dilemma, Feeling Better, Pictures and Celestine's Beans.

 

 

A feature on the theme of bullying with extracts from her book, Marooned, published by Kateshill Press.

 

 

Louise reads a short story, The Faery Dust Letters. A story about Lilac Rainbow.

 

 

Two poems by Louise; Epilogue and Bread.

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Unworkable, Theatre in Health Performance

 

Working with Community Vibe CIC, funded by  the Arts Council,  I will be writing and performing in this exciting new play; research consultations take place March 31st, contact me for further details, performances in September, venue tbc and October, World Mental Health Day at The Chamber of Commerce

 

Click here to view the flyer.

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Community Vibe is a one stop arts company catering for all needs, providing positive arts projects that can make an impact on social change and promote diversity.A main aim is inclusion into arts for those groups who can often be excluded for whatever reason; age, disability, social background, health etc. Community Vibe is run by Rachel Green. Check out the site for clips, blogs and lots of other stuff.

 

www.communityvibe.co.uk

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I have written and perfomed many plays with various groups, as well as my own one-woman plays. As with everything that I do the theatre work always has a key underlying message for health, education or community and aims to raise awareness of a variety of issues.

 

As well as working freelance I work with other theatre companies. You can see us in costume in the photos to the right.

The Lilac Rainbow concept began in the Faerie Dust Letters, which have been transformed into a novel, Faerie Dust (see the bookshelf on the right of the page).

 

The Lilac Rainbow Faerie Oracle is a deck of faery oracle cards for divination that have been created from watercolour paintings that I have done over the last few years.

 

I am working on the project with Russell Goffe. Together we are ascertaining the meanings within the cards and writing readings and poetry to depict them.

 

As with 'Faerie Dust', the oracle cards deal with  understanding the relationship between the psychological and spiritual sides of life, which can become confusing and cause much suffering.

 

We all deal with this side of our Self at some point and tools like symbolism can bring understanding and guidance.  

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COMPETITIONS 

  • Semi-finalist So You Think You’re Funny? 2008

  • Short-listed for Semi-finals, Nivea Funny Women Awards, 2008

  • Finalist Gong Show Heat, Fun House Comedy Club, Derby

  • Amused Moose Contestant 2008

  • Quarter Finalist Laughing Horse New Comedy Act 2009

  • Regular weekly winner of variety category, twice quarter finalist 1click2fame talent show

  • Jongleurs FMH newcomer  

COMEDY CLUBS

  • Laughing Cows

  • Laughing Calves

  • Laughing Lasses

  • Laughing Horse

  • Funny Women

  • Journey Central

  • Pear Shaped

  • Mirth on Mondays

  • Mirth Control

  • Kitchen Garden Café

  • Cheeky Monkey

  • Half Moon Comedy

  • The Glee Club

  • Jongluers

 

FESTIVALS

  • Edinburgh Fringe

  • Birmingham Comedy Festival

  • Leicester Comedy Festival

  • Bath Comedy Festival

  • ArtsFest

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Please use the following form to send Louise a message:

Enquiry Form

If you would like to contact Louise please use the details below or the form to the right.

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TEL:

07815 426 606

 

EMAIL:

[email protected]

Please use the following form to send Louise a message:

 

Community Vibe:

Rachel Green: 07772 572 060

 

Kateshill Press:

Visit the Kateshill Press website for details.

Other Contacts

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Left: Image taken from Measure to Measure with Rogue Play Theatre Company. Visit their site at www.rogueplay.co.uk.

Kimmy Sue Anne

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Roz Coalstead (Nan)

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Nicola Goff (the goth)

Great Uncle Dirk o't'Dea

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Nine is a collection of nine short stories, each one looking at a different aspect of the human condition, from the depths of despair to the heights of  ecstasy, from the very best to the very worst in human behavior.

 

Cost: £7.00

ISBN: 978-1-906357-35-1

 

Available from Poetry Montly

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The Many Faces of Louise Stokes

THEATRE

September 24th

Rhymes

Old Fire station, Highgate

 

October 14th

Pilot Light, Scratch Night

The Victoria, John Bright Street

 

October 16th

HOPE Charity Event

The Public, West Brom.

 

November 6th

National Poetry Slam, hosted by Mark Niel

Newhampton Theatre, Wolverhampton

 

November17th

Monologueslam UK - The Ultimate Actors Showcase Event

Yardbird, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

DANCE

July 23rd Fit & Funky

The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

 

For tickets or further details please contact  Louise on 07815 426 606