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Library, Monkey, Jail, R, Donate

21st March 2018

A couple of days ago I performed in Bristol Central Library, and flipping heck tucker, it went spiffingly. We had a great turn out and such a lovely audience. The staff at the library were so facilitating and up for the show. They helped up move the furniture around (which I would of assumed we were not going to be allowed to do!), so that we could create a generous and luxurious performance area under a magnificently high ceiling. 

I Video, N is for, L tickets, Doante, Q options, Monkey part 2, Tactile

11th March 2018

Whoa. Just whoa there. Cool your jets people. It’s ok. I am still alive. I know i’ve dropped off blog-dar for a while but now I am coming directly at you with a massive punnet of information. 

Firstly, I had a cracking show last night at Light House Theatre in Poole. Thank-you to everyone that came along. I had a blast! That is all. 

Donations welcome!

13th February 2018

So many people have been asking if they can give money to the ABC Tour. Well ok, not that many. Actually, no one has said that, and maybe that’s the problem! 

We are almost at the half way point of the ABC Tour, and so far I have been completely funding this project myself. Most of the shows have been free entry, unless they take money for the venue, or the venue wants donations for a particular charity. I do not make a penny on the ABC Tour shows. If anything, I make minus pennies! But to be honest, I’m ok with that. 

Knitting Club

2nd February 2018

For this blog post I wanted to try and give you more of an idea of my situation whilst writing the blog. So, this week, I am going to be listening to music, and whenever the track changes, I’ll write the track I’m listen to in red writing like this. Just for a bit of fun!

(Hole in the Bucket by Michael Franti) I am currently sat at home, have poured a generous glass of malbec, and have given myself the task of writing this week’s blog. Here we go…

NATYS, Monkey Trick

31st January 2018

I am currently sat on a train heading to Bristol from London after a very nerve rattling evening last night. Yesterday I entered my first comedy competition. This particular competition was called the NATYS (New Act of The Year 2018). I was very nervous about this for the entire day, and my wph (wee’s per hour) was at an all time high, almost to the point that I thought I might need medical attention. Giving the nature of what I do, I always tend to feel like the odd one out in the comedy club environment.

I is for...

27th January 2018

Unfortunately, I have had no luck with booking an ice rink for me to do a show on. Despite taking ice skating lessons (Thanks Linda!). However, I have found that it is always good to try and turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. So the next thing to do was to find another date for I in the alphabet. I didn’t want to have to change other dates on the tour to try and fit around my new “I” date. And I wanted something that would be different to the other letters. So here it is, and I hope you’re ready for it. Are you? Well ok then. The show for I is…….Internet!

J is for Jail

12th January 2018

Despite waking up with a nose packed tightly full of snot and a gravely smokers voice (I’ve never smoked), yesterday was still a fantastic day. I started the day by running through the plan for the show that was to happen that night. It was J is for Jail on the ABC Tour. Routines practiced. Lists checked. Everything packed. Loaded into the car. Done. 

Happy New Year

3rd January 2018

Flipping heck, where the hell did 2017 go? Seriously, where is it? I was only just getting used to the year, and then BAM, another year comes along! Anyways, happy new year to you.

Last year I managed 30-something blogs when I was aiming for 52 (an average of 1 per week). I'm really going to try a lot harder this year to reach my aim. Also, I am going to try and post something on social media EVERY day for the entire year. This year I am going for quantity over quality. 

Thursford

26th October 2017

I have now, for the next couple of months, moved my life to Norfolk. I have started rehearsals for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular (www.thursford.com) where I am the speciality act. It really is a huge show with a cast of over 100 performers. Rehearsals start properly tomorrow and I am very excited. The passed few days I have been hanging out and practicing at Thursford, and it is truly is a phenomenal place.

Merchandise

3rd October 2017

Merchandise! Merchandise? Really? Merchandise? What? You? You have merchandise? Yes! That’s right you lovely reader, sitting there with your cup of tea/coffee/beer/wine/advocaat in your favourite shirt/onesie/kimono. I have merchandise. It is available on the merchandise section of this website. Perhaps I didn’t need to tell you that bit. 

G

17th September 2017

Recently I have been trying my best to push the promotional side of the ABC Tour. I am not very good at this. There seem to be too many variables. I could promote one show a little bit and get a big audience, and then conversely, I promote a show a lot, and get not many people turn up. This is what happened last night. 

E, F and H

15th September 2017

Eden Project! Wow, what a venue. Now, before I talk about how it went, I have a little confession. When organising shows for this tour, I had very strict rules on venues.

1. It can’t be a place name. For example, Norway, Cornwall, or Bristol.

2. It can't be a brand name. For example Ikea, Primark or Tesco. 

3. It can't be a type of place. For example an Indian restaurant is R for restaurant and not I for Indian restaurant. 

F and G

7th September 2017

I have officially booked 7 out of 26 shows of the ABC Tour. To be honest, there was a part of me that thought that it really wouldn't get this far. But there’s no going back now! 

I am now very pleased to announce that show 6 is now well and truly confirmed. F is for Forest!

This one is going to be really exciting for a few reasons; it is going to be there first show that is going to be lit by fire, and it is in a stunning location. There are no toilets, so be prepared. 

Door World Summary. And E....

22nd August 2017

I have just finished unpacking the car from my gig tonight at Door World in Bristol. That’s right, tonight was D is for Door Shop on the ABC Tour, and it went a lot better than I was expecting. I have to be honest, as I was setting up, I had a funny feeling that this would be the show that no one would show up to. I felt anxious. The show was due to start at 6pm.

ABCD

9th August 2017

The ABC Tour is off to a flying start. The first stop was Bristol aquarium. I have to be honest, I did feel like King of the Blags by getting to perform here. It just so happened that the stars aligned; the aquarium staff were having a staff do and they needed some entertainment. I was joined by my good friend Sam Veale who was helping out with filming and setting up the sound. 

A-C info.

1st August 2017

Ok, the ABC is well on the way with the first show happening tomorrow. This is the place to find all of the up and coming info about it. If you don't want to check here, then you can always like my facebook page www.facebook.com/jonudry where I will be posting updates and events regularly. 

Here are the upcoming dates from A-C:

Aquarium!

ABC Tour

1st August 2017

The ABC Tour starts tomorrow. On this page you'll be able to find all of the latest information on the ABC inluding upcoming dates, behind the scenes photos, summaries of shows, and videos as and when they are released. For now, here is the new logo for the ABC Tour designed by desine.net. More information coming soon.

 

 

Back in the game, ABC, Dudes.

19th July 2017

Since my last blog post, I have been gigging quite a lot, so I can officially say, I’m back in the game. I started gigging last Sunday at a private party. I am always a little cautious about talking about private parties publicly, because to me, that kind of defeats the purpose of making the party private. But all I am going to say is that it was great and there was ice cream!

Onwards and Upwards

29th June 2017

After re-watching most of the Rocky films, and almost completing Seinfeld, I am happy to say that I am well and truly on the mend. However, I have found the period of recovery to be mind numbingly mundane. I am not one for sitting down and resting. I find this to be a remarkably over rated pastime. Nevertheless, on the greener hue of grass, I have had a lot of time to read, write, and plan future projects. More to come about future projects soon!

Appendicitis Party

15th June 2017

I’ve been a little off radar recently as I have been in hospital and in recovery. One of the worst things (not really) about having an operation is having to go through the rigmarole of telling the story to everybody over and over again. So I thought I’d write a blog about it! Here we go…

Changes. Bounce. 8 Rings. Mr Cornell

23rd May 2017

Ok ok ok, I admit it, I have missed a couple of weeks of blog posts. I said I would do 52 blog posts for an entire year, and at the moment I think I’ve missed two weeks this year. However, I’m going to try my hardest to play catch up! Anyways, I’m sorry. I know you are all (hello?) just dying to know what I’ve been up to (get the tumbleweed out of here!). I also apologies for the ramshackle smorgasbord of a blog that I’ve done today. I’ve just got a lot of things to chat about! So, what have I been up to I hear you cry (hello?!).

In A Row System

26th April 2017

The passed few months I have been practicing with a new system that I have created which focuses on solidifying juggling patterns and tricks. I call this system the “In a row system”, the reason why will become apparent. I have a few systems that I use, and they are like mini games that I play in order to make juggling drills a little more fun and interesting to execute. I will post other systems/games soon.

Magnets?

21st April 2017

I’ve had a couple of really fun shows this week. I thought I’d just write a little about one today. I have performed at a couple of weddings this year, and I have learnt something about myself that I didn’t know: I love performing at weddings! The type of people that would want to book a comedy and juggling show at their wedding, are the type of people that I want to hang out with. Their weddings are always so much fun, always such a lovely group of people, and always so friendly.

Happy Accidents. Kiln Park

31st March 2017

This week I drove 2.5 hours to do a 45 minute show at Kiln Park in Tenby, to then drive 2.5 hours home. In theory, except for the show, this doesn't sound like a good evening at all. A Wednesday evening in March at a holiday park, in all honesty, seems like it would be quite bleak. The show room was approximately 20% full. Oh, and outside, it was raining a lot. Audiences members, in their dozens, sheltering from the rain, on their holiday. The situation was destined to be a failure. HOWEVER, it went surprisingly well!

10 Questions

25th March 2017

A student on the BTEC at Circomedia contacted me the other day asking if I would answering 10 questions for an interview. I thought I'd release them and my answers as this weeks blog post. Yes I know, it's a bit of a cop out, but hey, it's my blog post, my rules. 

1. How long have you been juggling and how did you get into it?

Cornish Magical Society Annual Dinner

22nd March 2017

18 years ago, when I was 10 years old, I was a member of the Cornish Magical Society (hold yourself back ladies, I’m already taken). Once a week my parents would taken my along to the club where I would meet with hobbiest and professional magicians, and I’d get the chance to talk shop. I was by far the youngest in the group and totally in awe of these wizards.

Ruth Baldry Home Shoot

10th March 2017

A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from a photography student saying that she is looking for performers to do a photoshoot in their own homes. My girlfriend Pippa needed some new photos, we don’t have any photos of us together in performing “get-up”, and the idea of a photoshoot where we didn’t even have to leave the house seemed very appealing indeed.

Circomedia Week

5th March 2017

This week I have been teaching the intensive juggling week at Circomedia to the first years; 10 students, 1 week, many hours, enthusiasm overflow from the students, and my nonsensical notepad. I will try and upload the video soon, but I need to get permission from all of the students first. But in a nutshell, they killed it. They were all super attentive despite their juggling levels being very different and some of the classes being rather intense.

ABC Celeb Memes

29th January 2017

The ABC Tour is still going. We have 9 days left to reach the target. Who knows? We might reach it! If we do, amazing. If we don’t, that is sad, but don’t worry mate, everything will be ok. This project might not happen due to lack of funds, but that doesn’t mean that no projects will ever happen ever again, ever (one too many evers perhaps?). I have a few other things up my sleeve for the year to come, but let’s just go one step at a time shall we? 

Kickstarter and New Logo

22nd January 2017

So the ABC Tour Kickstarter Project is going ok. It’s not going amazing! But it is going ok. Thank-you big time to everybody that has pledged so far. You are all incredibly generous and I love you all. I have had a lot of people come up to me or message me saying “Oh I really love the project. I’m definitely going to pledge some money soon!”, but then they never pledge. This project will not happen unless the money is raised.

ABC Tour and Smashed

12th January 2017

This week me and my friend Void have launched a new project on Kickstarter. The ABC Tour: 26 comedy-juggling shows in 26 different venues - chosen by YOU - each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. So far pledges for the project have been slow but steady. I am still hopeful we will reach the target, but it’s still very early days yet.

Happy New Year

5th January 2017

It’s 2017. Happy New Year you lovely lot. 2016 was a very productive year work wise for me. I made this little video to summarise my 2016. Check it out here:

Carnival Vista Day Breakdown

20th July 2016

I’ve recently finished a cruise contract on the tremendously wonderful ship, Carnival Vista. This ship is a grand ol’ floating chunk of fancy technology. Beautiful ship and crew. A true delight and I’m super looking forward to going back in a couple of days. But, day one was a pretty tough day. I thought I’d give a run down of it here:

Glastonbury, Ulicznicy, V, Club Silly.

8th July 2016

So it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last Wednesday I drove my brothers camper van to Glastonbury festival. In writing, this sounds simple. In reality, this was one of the most hard core trips of my life. I left Cornwall at 7:30am on the Wednesday, I arrived at the gates of Glastonbury at 10:30pm. The gates were closed so the organisers put me and the van in a holding pen for the night. At the crack of dawn, I started to make my way onto the site. It took 4 hours.

Clowns and Queens, Strasbourg

30th May 2016

I have been incredibly relaxed with this blog and have definiately not used it to it's fullest! However, I'm going to try my hardest to keep it as up to date as possible, starting...... from....... NOW! I've just come back from a week of shows in Strasbourg, France. This time, instead of the usual solo comedy juggling nonsense that I do, I was working with Gandini Juggling on an avant-garde juggling show called Clowns and Queens. It really was a lot of fun. 

Beta Testing Tour + Circomedia teaching (brief)

1st March 2015

This week we have performed Beta Testing in Salisbury and in Reading. I also did workshops in Lincoln to promote the shows in Lincoln next week. It has been a very productive week and the tour is going very well. I feel like the show gets better and better each time (as it should really). This following week we are performing in Lincoln on Wednesday and Bristol on Friday and Sunday.

Rehearsals, tour, coffee.

21st February 2015

I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I?! What am I like (there’s no need to answer that)? I’ve only gone and not done a blog post for over 10 days because I’ve been so busy, and now I have to do a really long one to fill in what on earth I have been doing with my time. I’m a nut. So I apologise for the long blog post.

Busy Bee

10th February 2015
I am still very new to blogging, and once again I have done a very classic thing which myself as an amateur blogger will call “a classic school boy blogger error”. I haven’t blogged for the past week because I have been too busy, and now I have too much to blog about! In reality, blogging doesn't take long, and I could've found the time in my busy schedule. But I didn’t. That’s my fault and I’m facing the consequences! 
 

Work In Progress

29th January 2015
Dry mouth. Sweaty palms. Pacing up and down like a lion trapped in a cage at feeding time. I do tend to get very nervous for any kind of performance, however today I did my first work in progress at Jackson’s Lane for my new solo show: “Jon Udry Punches Gravity in the Face”.
 
The audience consisted of the VERY VERY supportive staff of Jackson’s Lane (really, they are fantastic) and some OAP’s.
 

Studio day 1 of 2015

21st January 2015
I am currently sat at Jackson’s Lane theatre about to start my second day in the studio working on my new show. I thought what better way to start my day than to do a brief summary of my previous days’ events.
 

Meeting, Shows, Shows and Ageing

18th January 2015
I am still in the very early stages of my blogging life, and this week I have learnt a very valuable lesson: don’t wait until the end of the week to try and do a summary of the weeks’ events because it will be too overwhelming. Instead do shorter updates throughout the week. As a result of this, this week I have indeed left the blog for the week until today in an effort to try and summarise the weeks’ events, and I am hit with an overwhelming sense of regret for my lack of action. So I apologise that this weeks’ blog will be scatty.
 
Monday
 

Pie chart week 2, Bibi and Bichu, Gandini

11th January 2015
I have been a bit off of the radar this week with blogs etc as my laptop has been in the laptop hospital. But it’s all fixed now and ready for work.
 
My pie chart is coming along nicely. For those of you who didn’t understand my pie chart, there are details for it in last weeks post entitled “Life of a Juggler”. I had a few complaints about the pie chart donning the same colours which was a mistake on my part, but you’ll be pleased to know that this has been amended.
 

Life of a Juggler

4th January 2015
As I am sure you are aware, I am a juggler. If you didn’t know this, to be honest, I don’t know how you would’ve found this blog and I’d be very interested in knowing how you did, so message me as I may have just missed out on a possible promotional tool! Anyways, I am a juggler, and to the uninformed person this can mean that I spend my days juggling. Juggling all the time. In fact, sometimes they seem so surprised to noticed that I am not juggling when they see me.

Happy New Year

1st January 2015
Well that’s it. No more 2014. 2014 is now history. The seal has been broken for a brand spanking new year, fresh out of the packet, and I wish you all a very eventful and happy one.
 

Pathetic

6th November 2014
I am currently on a cruise ship in Livorno, Italy, wrapped up in bed at 11am. It isn’t that unusual to be in bed on a cruise ship at 11am, but as today is my show day, it is somewhat irregular. My head is aching, my brain is full of snot, and I’ve got the body tingles. That’s right, I’m dying. Ok perhaps a tiny exaggeration, one might say I have a very mild cold.
 

Day 2. R+D

5th September 2014
Today was a day of prop experimentation with the unconventional props (not a ball, a ring or a club) that I have chosen to use for the show. 
 

Day 1. R+D.

3rd September 2014
For my first day of research and development for my new show at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, I was joined by comedian and director, André Vincent. I felt like before I even started with any of the juggling side of things, I would take advantage of André’s writing skills and spend the day brain storming ideas.
 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

20th August 2014
I came up to Edinburgh with the intention of sussing out the festival, seeing a few venues and maybe seeing a few shows. I wanted to do this purely because I have thought about taking my show to Edinburgh Festival 2015, and it would be somewhat foolish to do so without ever actually visiting the festival. I’m glad I did.
 

First blog post. Brief summary of the past few weeks.

7th May 2014
This is the first time I have ever had my own blog in my life. I am not 100% sure on the “correct” things to write here, but I know for sure that some of you will find it interesting and some of you will not. I have started writing this blog for three main reasons:
 
  1. So that people like yourselves can read about what I have been up to with my work and you will be able to follow the process of the creation of any new projects that I have coming up.

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