Saw a screening live from the National Theatre of Oliver Goldsmith’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, which was brilliant, and ‘ The Venetian Twins’ staged by Southsea Shakespeare Actors at the Groundlings Theatre ,during the week, which included Patric Howe who was so outstanding in my play ‘It Started With A Touch’ last year. Both productions were wonderful.
David Kline wants to Produce and Direct my short screenplay ‘Presents’. Plan to have a meeting shortly to discuss.
Went to Theatre 503, in Battersea on Sunday, my old area of London where I lived, and saw ‘The Girl in the Yellow Dress’ by Craig Higginson, a South African writer. First time I have seen his work. A lovely two-hander. A great 90 minutes of theatre. Both Fiona Button and Clifford Samuel gave outstanding performances.
Revised ‘Blackout’ some during the week, and issued it to various people and outlets. A creepie tale of a young boy who brings a girl home, and introduces her to his blind Grandad who talks to himself and says strange things. Where did that come from?
Saw Philip Ridley’s ‘Shivered’ at the Southwark Playhouse last night. Still trying to make up my mind as to how much I liked it, which I certainly did. Great acting. And a really great atmospheric space, under London Bridge station, all exposed bricks and dust flying around.
Been a good and productive week. Went to a BAFTA short film screening courtesy of the Rob Groves Theatrical agency on Thursday. Met some interesting people.
Wrote a one-act play entitled ‘Blackout’ during the course of the week. May issue it to people looking for short plays, ie Pieces of Gold, to name but one.
Contact with David Kline today who I was in contact with five or so years ago when he script-mentored a number of screenplays of mine. David contacted me out of the blue recently, and I sent him some scripts to read. Aside from writing screenplays and making films, David is also a Producer. Good to have made contact with him again.
Two weeks now on ‘Ships in the Night’ and it’s going okay really. Found it difficult to break the play up into time periods in an order where ‘action happens’ to allow the play to go forward. But I am getting there.
Wrote this short screenplay entitled ‘Presents’ telling the story of man estranged from his wife who takes presents for his teenage daughter, only to find out that his wife(or ex-wife) has a lover in the house he has moved out of. The man sees this teenage girl on the platform of a railway station begging for money, and he gives the presents to her, and gets his reward by seeing how she reacts to him, how over the moon and grateful she is. I like it. Should not say that, but I do.
Really believe in ‘Keeping Secrets’ as a comedy film script. Revising the synopsis based on Carol’s comments of the one I produced, which was flabby and not reflective of the comedy elements as much as it should have been, and plan to issue the script to a US script competition.
Continue to work on ‘Ships in the Night’ and feel better about it with every day that passes. Feels more compact, and the characters better defined as I get to know them more.