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This page is dedicated to all the people I have
appeared in a videotape or on stage with. It is my hope that
I will continue adding to this section throughout my life as
I really love acting and performing. I haven't appeared on TV
yet, but it is only a matter of time!
Since starting up in business
as a professional juggler on 16 July 2001, I have taken
part in performances all over Scotland, England and even
Germany! To view many of my more recent performances,
10/12/96: Juggling and Keyboard video
for Gran and Grandad's Christmas
I made a videotape of me performing several juggling
routines, and also playing 20+ songs on the keyboard.
Grandad had bought me the keyboard a couple of years previous,
so it was a way of thanking him. The video shows some
of my most early recorded juggling and music performing.
Filmed by Graeme Jackson, who also helped create the slide
titles in Powerpoint. Special guest appearances by Rocky
the cat and my sister Ann.
19/7/97: North Leith Talent Night
The idea behind this video was dreamed up between Douglas
Gilmour and myself. We decided to make a video of the
end of mission talent night, and present the event, then
we could send the team copies of the video once Douglas
had edited it together. Acts include comedy, jokes and
magic. Video lasts 58 minutes.
Easter 1998: Broughty Ferry Goes Banana's
Broughty Ferry is a place in Dundee where I took part
in an Easter Mission. One of the locals brought along
a videocamera to the Children's events and made a short
video of the events that we could show after Church on
the Sunday. Video lasts 10 minutes.
Summer 1998: Bonnybridge GNTV (Good News
This video was taken by a local, filming some of the
youth and children's events throughout the mission week.
Video lasts 80 minutes.
Summer 1998: The Truth About Dundee
This video was made by Beth Smith, Erica Davidson, Kirsti
Thomson and myself. We were all members of the University
of Abertay Dundee Christian Union, and the video was to
be shown at an evangelistic event for students at Alloway
Halls (where I lived the year before). The video was to
act as an introduction to life in Dundee for the new first
year students. Features footage throughout Dundee, inside
the University, and at the CU Bar-B-Q. Video lasts 21
26/11/99: Children 1st Fundraising Juggling
Video at SEPA
It was my last day at work for SEPA (before they called
me back several times)! I decided to raise some money
for Children's 1st, by telling the staff that I would
put on a 20 minute juggling show for them in the meeting
room, if they all donated some money! £22.04 was
raised. Filmed by Ian Buchanan. Video lasts 21 minutes.
17/9/99: Gran & Grandad's 50th Wedding
To see the photo's of this surprise party, please visit
the ADD LINK page in the family section. This video was
filmed by Ellen Reid, and edited by Billy Fleming. Video
lasts 36 minutes.
6/5/01 - My Baptism Video
5 of us got baptised during the evening service. It was
a very moving ceremony, and I have two different video's
of the ceremony.
02/09/03 - Performance at Sisters Wedding Ceilidh
15 minute juggling performance at Tolbooth Theatre where
my sisters wedding Ceilidh was held. The whole day (from
wedding to Ceilidh) is captured on film and edited.
Jump Juggle Jest
As well as the above videotapes, I have performed
in the following Jump Juggle Productions:
||This was JJJ's second show (summer - 1995).
It was a two week workshop. The first week was spent teaching
20+ children to juggle, and the second week was spent devising
a 40 minute circus/drama/comedy show and touring round the
local community centres. In this first show, I played the
part of a caveman who meets the time travelling crew when
they fly back to the stone age. I also play a circus performer
later on, which gave me a chance to do some advanced juggling.
||In 1996, it was good to take part in this event
again. I had became the first secretary of this organisation,
and we were seeking a Charitable status. I played a slightly
larger part this time.
||In 1997, JJJ had became a Charity. I was involved
with fundraising, and grant applications, but nothing would
beat the feeling of being on stage. I started off with quite
a small acting role this time, but as the second week commenced,
other people dropped out, missed rehearsals, or missed their
lines, so my role grew quite large in the end. I played
the part of a crew member of a space shuttle involved in
a race back home with an antidote to save the Universe.
||1999 arrived, and it was good to be back. I
had missed the previous years activities due to working
for the Church of Scotland for the whole summer. This was
to be my year, as I played one of the main characters, and
was on in every scene (even playing the keyboard in one
scene). I played a mad professor (Bill Geeks) who had accidentally
sent a virus e-mail to every computer in the world, and
had to find the antidote in the next 24 hours before the
world would end!
To find out more about Jump Juggle Jest, please
visit my juggling
Let's all go to the Hanging
"Let's all go to the Hanging"
took place at the Albert Hall in Stirling for 2 consecutive
nights in 1996. This was an interactive play written by
a local which told the story of the last ever public hanging
to take place in Scotland.
The Albert Hall was turned into an Edinburgh street complete
with the hangman's noose and gallows The play was interactive,
as the audience could walk around and experience what
life must have been like, while mingling with the cast.
The public could talk to the cast during the play, so
the cast had to ad-lib and stay in character the whole
There was an open audition with the writer/director a
few months previous to the show, where he simply wanted
people to say who they would like to be in the show. I
asked if I could be a street entertainer, and the writer
agreed. He asked me to go home and write some lines of
dialogue along the lines of busking for money to support
"my wife and 7 children". I wrote a note asking
for money, and smothered the note with a teabag to give
it a more authentic look. I even made some money busking,
so I earned more than all the other actors!
Worst Ever Performance
Just to show that things do not always go according
to plan, I thought I would include this story of my worst ever
I was in a band at University which was made up
of people in the Christian Union. We played at some evangelistic
events. Our band - NYS (Nothing You Suggest), consisted of 3
- Fraser Brooks Electric Guitar
- Douglas McCabe Guitar
- Me Keyboard and Lead Singer
Fraser had a friend who had asked if our band would
do a concert in a Church just outside Anstruther, on the day
that Fraser and I finished a mission in Ayrshire. This did not
give the band any time to practice, but because Fraser had agreed
to it, we decided to go ahead. We had to go via Dundee to pick
Douglas up, and by the time we were ready to leave, Fraser forgot
where the Church was.
"It's okay" he said. "I wrote it
down on a piece of paper in my house" which was in Anstruther.
It was on the way anyway, so we stopped off, and he realised
that he didn't have his house-keys on him, and his parents were
out! We had to drive about a small town looking at several churches,
and eventually found the correct church 10 minutes into the
If you thought this was bad, then you should read
on! It gets a lot worse...
On setting up our musical equipment as quickly as
possible, we realised that the Church was full of senior citizens,
whereas we had been told that we would be performing in front
of youth. We had adapted the praise songs to make them more
upbeat. As if to make the matters worse, Alec (the guy who had
invited us), had brought his keyboard along with him and wanted
to join in, along with his wife who was all miked up ready to
We would start a song at a fairly fast tempo, then
Alec would join in on his keyboard at a much slower gentle speed,
his wife would sing at the pace her husband set, and as such,
the congregation would sing at their speed!! This meant that
we had to slow down our songs during our performances, just
as Alec would try speeding up! This left the audience wondering
what was going on!
This went on for the full hour. Somewhere there
exists a recording of this concert, as it was taped by the Church
to distribute to people who couldn't make it. If you know of
anyone who has the tape, I would dearly love a copy!!