14 April 2019

BD9D0381-9B85-4D6A-B2C4-57E9B95F3B07Good news. Titchfield Festival Theatre to stage ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Freehold’ January 2020.

Submitted ‘Freehold’ to the White Bear Theatre for their August Festival. Hope it comes off and we can produce the play there. Terry Iland Emily Swain and Anthony Keetch are keen to perform it. If not successful I will produce it somewhere.

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13th March 2019

A very successful first staging of ‘Exhume’ at Titchfield Festival Theatre, played largely to a ‘new’ audience who have not seen my stuff before. My thanks to Kevin Fraser the Artistic Director, who  says he wants to put more of my work on. Encouraging all round.

A joy to witness Emily Swain and Anthony Keetch undertake a rehearsed reading of  my play ‘Freehold’ at the So & So Arts Club, directed by an award winning TV Director Terry Iland.  Looking for a London theatre to stage the play properly.

In February wrote a first draft of a play entitled ‘Ticking’ . Told over 75 minutes and in 25 scenes Margaret Newman seeks to find the answer as to why her son Mark shot eight innocent people dead in a pub.

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3rd January 2019

The So And So arts Club rehearsed reading of ‘Freehold’ date set for the 28th February at the London Bridge headquarters.

Reviewing a number of old film scripts written, and since the last posting have revised ‘Resume from Hibernation’ and ‘ Holly’ both not looked at for more than five years.

‘Exhume’ at Titchfield Festival Theatre kicks off on the 25th Feb to the 2nd March 2019. Look forward to the production immensely. My thanks to Kevin Fraser the Artistic Director for wanting to stage the play.

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18th November 2018

A successful three night run of RUNAWAY. Olivia Noyce and Jem Rycraft did a great job in a very short rehearsal time. Proud of them both. Thanks to Jane Athron and Mike Reed for their support.

FREEHOLD reached the long list stage of the Traverse Theatre’s open submissions.  I hope it goes further, but will take some credit from reaching the long list stage, given the  theatre’s reputation and standing.  Given that the Titchfield Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director wants to stage it, without giving any dates yet, and the So And So Arts Club want to do a rehearsed reading,  I feel very pleased with the responses generally so far to one of my favourite little plays.

The plan is to stage something at the White Bear Theatre in the first quarter of next year. Awaiting the Artistic Director’s response to my communication regarding this.

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20 October 2018

Dress rehearsal of ‘Runaway’ tomorrow. Been tough rehearsing a play over less than four weeks. Ridiculous really. But we’ll get there and offer up a good production. My thanks to the combined talents of Oliva Noyce Jem Rycraft Jane Athron Mike Reed.

Delighted that Sarah Berger founder member of the So And So Arts Club wants to present a rehearsed reading of my little play ‘Freehold’ in 2019. One of if not the most enjoyable play I have ever written. Not sure why. It just came out like an easy birth. Maybe that’s the reason. Not sure.

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14 August 2018

An early version of ‘Exhume’ long listed for the Papatango Prize. Some nice comments by the readers.

Kevin Fraser Artistic Director of Titchfield Festival Theatre to direct ‘Exhume’ in the first quarter of 2019 as part of a new writing season. First staging of the play.

Issued ‘Freehold’ to a number of producing Theatre companies.

 

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30 June 2018

Despite the structure and storyline ‘Benches’  went down well and received a couple of pretty good reviews. Credit to all the actors and to Sam Sampson for directing it.

Plan to stage ‘Runaway’ at Rosie’s Vineyard in October. Alex Howat to play Cathy’s uncle Mike, but yet to find a Cathy. It will be the first staging of  the play in the U.K. following a production by Small but Mighty Theatre in Toronto last August.

Wrote the first draft of an oddball two hander play entitled ‘Freehold’ in the U.K. and Portugal about an eccentric middle aged woman called Beverley who knocks on the door of a quiet introspective man called John Baxter who owns the ground floor flat of a Victorian house split into two flats on two levels to ask if the people who live upstairs who are selling the flat  are with him as they arranged to meet her. They are not, and are otherwise engaged and cannot show her around. Beverley and John share some time together. And other things besides.

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