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.
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.
Rehearsals for ‘Benches’ start next week. A bit scary but we’ll do it. Look forward to Sam Sampson directing. Increasingly think the play should be given a London run.
Finished various versions of ‘Exhume’. It’s been a killer. Really hope someone produces it on my behalf. It will work as fringe but does need a ‘proper’ set to maximise the drama I think. We will see.
The film of ‘The Brother’ close to being completed. For sure by the end of January.
Cuckoo Bang theatre are staging an extract from my play ‘Benches’ developed post the Royal Court Writers’ group of 2016, at the White Bear Theatre on the 12th February. Look forward to seeing it.
Staging ‘Benches’ in Southsea over four nights in Spring. Two cast members to find. A production at the White Bear Theatre is planned for the autumn, no dates set yet.
Katie Watson and Aaron Holdaway did a great job in ‘Mirrors’ for the two nights at the Wedgewood Rooms 22nd and 23rd November. Really good interpretation.
‘Payback’ accepted for the Stockwell Theatre Five Minute Festival. Colin Burden to Direct. Kamal Simpson and Anna Ray to perform the roles in another two-hander on the 14th December.
A co-production with WALDIS Productions at the wonderful Wedgewood Rooms on the 22nd and 23rd November with DAMAGES by Steve Thompson and MIRRORS a short piece by me as an appetiser. Should be fun.
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Feedback that ‘Runaway’ in Toronto went well. Which is encouraging. A film of the play will be made by the theatre company, which is exciting. Look forward to seeing the outcome.
Further developments on the proposed filming of ‘The Tackle’ continue. The Producers are looking for so called ‘named actors’ to appear in it. Await further news.
My short play ‘Payback’ was selected for the annual Pint Sized Play Festival, to be held in Wales later this month. The play tells the story of a man who breaks into a house where he stole money from a woman’s bedroom 10 years earlier, to pay the money back. A fun comedy.
‘Grace’ has now been cast and a Director found. Rehearsal schedule set, and first meeting with the cast and crew on Monday the 4th September.
‘Exhume’ continues to consume me. Three drafts from the end of March when I started the play. To work on the play further post the ‘Grace’ production.
In talks with a London theatre management for a three week run of ‘Benches’ for 2018 which I look forward to immensely. Developed the play some since the meeting with the Royal Court theatre in May, and feel excited by it.