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Autumn Haiku

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012

A short Haiku poem by Gaynor

We all left lights on,
Autumn votes, like leaves settled,
Welcome back Barack.




Post-production underway

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012

Finishing the research and development phase for CineCity Love which included watching Cleopatra with my Nan last week up in the Lake District.

The filming has finished now and post production underway. Here are a few of the stills taken on set by Gerry Maguire.

Also really happy to be collaborating with Karen Hutt on this project who will be writing with me and is currently liasing with the Fames Orchestra in Macedonia where we will visit in the New Year and record the orchestral score.



The sheer power of a live band…

Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

“The band, saucily clad in suspenders and bustiers (the females I hasten to add!) really add to the live and spontaneous enjoyment factor – superb music with a hint of burlesque!”

Debi Evans – Audience Member after seeing Giffords’ Circus’ latest show, The Saturday Book

Nothing beats live music. The sheer vibrancy and life that live musicians convey is unbeatable. Sarah’s work with Giffords Circus over the last four seasons has never ceased to confirm this as this is an element which is at the core of Tonal’s drive to constantly achieve and provide the highest musical quality.

The Saturday Book is only on for 2 more weeks, catch Giffords’ latest pearl in Cirencester until the 16th September!


Pool of Blood: Royal Mile, Saturday

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Pool of Blood team ventured out to the Royal Mile to promote the show  at the Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh. Roll up roll up!

Pool of Blood – Get In & Tech In

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Video blog of the team getting into the Surgeon’s Hall and teching the show, when my old hard-grafting circus skills come in handy and getting a barrel through a door proves trickier than imagined…!

Pool of Blood: Day Twenty-One

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Video blog of day twenty one of rehearsals at Joe H. Makin Drama Centre, Liverpool.

Pool of Blood: Day Eight

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Video blog of the eight day of rehearsals at the Joe H. Makin. Pool of Blood, LJMU’s show will run from 3-11 August at Edinburgh festival.

First Day of Rehearsals…

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

First day on the LiverPool Of Blood with a fantastic cast.

It’s great to start working with them all and hearing the songs come to life!

Lovely to be working with director David John Llewellyn and Ros Merkin and writer Andrew Sherlock, performances at Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Watch the first rehearsals:

LiverPool of Blood – Sarah’s Edinburgh Show

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012


@ The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival – 3-11th August at 10.30pm

Directed by David Llewellyn & Andrew Sherlock
Music by Sarah Llewellyn
Produced by Mad World Theatre

Music Hall is dying in Liverpool 1911. Outside rioters take to the streets as an over-reached Empire spirals towards a war to end all wars. Inside, the latest French fad, Grand Guignol, a graphic Theatre of Blood, attempts to assuage a craving port’s audience. But will those dancing on the edge of the abyss be satisfied with the illusion of death? The murderous cabaret of no return sings its swan songs, while backstage washed bodies are readied for shipping. It’s anyone’s guess what to believe, as these intrigues of bloodlust unfold in a strangely familiar story.

Sarah’s circus music hits the Cotswolds’ village greens again

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Giffords Circus’ 2012 show The Saturday Book is now well on its way into its summer tour around South West England, brilliantly brought to life by Sarah’s music 2 to 3 times a day 5 days a week.






Sarah began writing the music for this show in January which culminated in a gruelling 1 month and a half rehearsal period, where she worked against the clock, composing the core of the music in the sawdust alongside the circus artists and this year’s director, Cal Mc Crystal.

She is once again supported by the very talented and hard working Giffords Circus band made up of 8 musicians, who carry the soul and spirit of her music, which apparently is “the highlight of the show”.

This year’s show sees sidesplitting comedy return to Giffords after Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace, starring the mischievous Tweedy, a dare-devil quatuor of Ukrainian acrobats, a delightfully uplifting dog act by …, the still so ravishing jugglers Bibi & Bichu, the elegant wire walker Francois Marietta and a rather amusing comedy vaulting act byGiffords horse team, The Victorians.

Do go and see it as its a circus show you’ll never forget. It’s touring until September 15th. Visit Giffords Circus’ website to book your tickets NOW!