An invitation from the Royal Court Theatre to meet their Literary people on the 18th April following my submission of ‘Benches’ issued to them at the end of November last year. Quite delighted. Going to that Stage Door again and signing in is something to behold. Loved it when I was part of the Writers’ Group last year . It is a good feeling to tread if not the boards of such an established theatre, at least go up the stairs.!!!
Writing like crazy this past couple of months. A monologue entitled ‘Stalking’ written following my visit to Hull at the end of February, and a full-length play entitled ‘Exhume’ which I have been ‘into’ more than anything I have ever written. The word ‘obsession’ does not tell half the story. I have just about, almost, nearly, completed a first draft, the end of April being my target.
‘Birth and Other Plays’ a successful two night run at the Wedgewood Rooms 14th and 15th December. A great turnout for both nights, and some kindly encouraging comments by people who saw the show. Delighted that we managed to film all four plays. The Wedgewood Rooms were really supportive and have invited us back for 2017 if we want to produce something else. A consideration.
Worked on ‘Runaway’ and ‘Benches’ during December and January. Developed and improved both scripts.
Issued a new play entitled ‘Benches’ to the Royal Court. Hit the deadline of 28th November for issue. Just. Loosely based on an idea I had years back relating to commemorative plaques on benches. In parks. On the beach. Enjoyed the discipline of having to hit a deadline date.
Two weeks to ‘Birth And Other Plays’ at the Wedgewood Rooms. A recent meeting and read of two of the plays. My thanks to Andy Ripley and Andrew Barber for coming on board with ‘The Application’. Blown away by their performance at Groundlings Theatre. Be great to show the play to another audience.
‘I Don’t Talk Like This’ got a commendation at the Lost Theatre 5 Minute Festival for ‘concept’ but did not win . My thanks to Zoe Teverson and Alexandra Brynn for their performances. It was a pleasure working with two fine actresses.
‘It Started With A Touch’ had a successful three night run in October, at Rosie’s Vineyard, the last night resulting in more people attending than the availability of seats. I had to stand up. What a pleasure that was. One of the best nights in theatre I’ve experienced. Certainly re:
my productions. Images of Angie Lily, Patric Howe, Katie Watson, Faye Williams, Matt Johnston from the play.
Completion of the Royal Court Writers’ Group. A wonderful experience which I gained a lot from. Charged with writing a play by the 28th November for their review.
My short play ‘I Don’t Talk Like This’ accepted for the Lost Theatre Five Minute Festival. Looking to cast the play within a week. The Festival from the 31st October to 5th November. The play tells the story of a stammering schoolgirl who gets bulled. The first bit of writing accepted about stammering. And I’ve written a few!
‘Birth and Other Play’s including ‘Biding Time’ and ‘Montgomery’ to be staged at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea, 14th and 15th December.
First reading of ‘It Started With A Touch’ in Southsea, with Steve Pitt Directing. Rehearsals kick off proper mid September, post my trip to the US to see the North American premiere of the play by Talking Horse Productions.
Three sessions at the Royal Court to date. Great fun. Lovely to meet these talented and wildly enthusiastic young writers. Luke Barnes UK writer leads the group. A wonderful feeling to enter the Royal Court by the Stage Door, with all that history abounding.
Decided to give Angie Lily and ‘Birth’ another audience, by staging the play at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea in December. Together with ‘Montgomery’ and ‘Biding Time’. Patric Howe and Leigh Cunningham will play in ‘Montgomery’ and Kirsty Terry in ‘Biding Time’. First time at the iconic Wedgewood Rooms.
The Royal Court Theatre have invited me to join a writers’ group at the theatre, starting 1st August through to mid October.
I have no idea what will be involved. But I am sure the experience will be an interesting and creatively inspiring one. Feel chuffed to bits.
Wonderful that ‘Birth’ was nominated joint winner of the 2016 Lost Theatre One Act Festival. My heartfelt thanks to Angie Lily for her outstanding performance, described by Paul Vale of The Stage, as ‘thoroughly inhabiting the role’ of Cybil, a Vicar’s daughter who is raped and has the child of her attacker. And of course to Steve Pitt for Directing it so superbly.