Young Britain

September 30, 2009

First session starts tomorrow. No idea how many kids will show, how long they’ll stay, how much they’ll say. Fantastically unknown just as I like this. I have a plan but I love the flexibility that is required with sessions like these. Trying to sort out an audio recorder so I can keep the words. I usually like to go with ‘the flavour of my reminisences’ when writing based on rehearsals or workshops or improvisations rather than go for a verbatim approach but as this project is more verbatim I am trying the recording to see what that brings and what it might detract.

Fela’s Wives- Antagonist script pass

September 30, 2009

Completed the Antagonist’s script pass last jnight. Now for structuring. I think the first half is too long so will look to restructure and also make the fisrt twenty minutes funnier

fela’s wives-protagonist script pass

September 29, 2009

Completed a pass of the script last night. Was looking at the main character’s journey so did a pass of the script with that in mind. Will now concentrate on the antagonist next with the other three characters following before emailing draft on Monday. Hoping for a ‘line-by-line’ meeting the following week allowing one final pass before emailing script to the actors to read before the rehearsals.

Will be starting to bang the publicity drum louder and more frequently soon.

radio interview

September 22, 2009

Link to my recent radio interview is here or here.

It is via the BBC iPlayer so only up until Saturday 26th. My interview is at 2hr 19m 44s. Enjoy

Radio interview

September 20, 2009

Took part in a radio interview on BBC Radio Nottingham earlier today. It was to talk about my participation in Decibel09 as an east midlands/nottingham practitioner. The phone call to set it up came out of the blue but agreed as happy to bang the publicity drum for momentum, twp decibel09 (which has now finished) and for other nottm practitioners. I mentioned hetain patel’s show ‘Ten’. David ‘stickman’ Higgins is also in the show. I caught the extract at decibel09 and it’s a good show.
Trying to get those tickets sold for 26th and 27th October.

Decibel09 Pitch thoughts

September 18, 2009

Delivered the pitch for my comedy 57 Images Of My Father at Decibel09 performing arts showcase yesterday. It went well, enjoyed it and had some immediate interest from  a venue, a director and an Art Council employee advised me on funding strategy to get the project rolling so that was good. I also overheard people afterwards discussing approaching me for more info so I’ll let next week shake out and then start following up on some of the delegates who attended the sold out session. The pitch training in July was really useful in helping me structure the presentation and take it seriously.

Here’s the rough structure I had in my head. I improvised around it a little rather than try to memorise it.


– My name, project title, current project history


Imagine a photo task. Malachi’s task. Limbo. Comedy. Stuck. Last chance. Describe Images. Successful creation of a narrative makes interview candidate a suitable fit to be born. playing with the ‘you can choose your friends but not family adage’



*why I am writing this

* imagine you can invent your family, what characteristics would you choose for your parents?

* a show about family, memory, nature vs nurture

*to commit to the development process I enjoy


*whether the absurdist form is the best for the story

* Who and how many characters. There are currently four in my head.

*How the story ends


Want to collaborate to discover an unusual, innovative comedy for your audience

Momentum shows in October

57 Images is a comedy about family, photography and consistently forgetting to flush the toliet after a poo.

I actually forgot to do the curent projects bit as I had moved it in my head at the last moment but luckily someone from the Birminhgam rep asked me about my writing background so I got to do that bit.

Lots of good feedback occurred throughout the day with people coming up to me to make a point of saying they enjoyed the pitch and to suggest endings. Cheers for that.

fela’s wives-script feedback

September 15, 2009

Had a good meeting yesterday. Lots of good ‘general shaping’notes. Notes about enhancing what is already there to strengthen characterisations. Aiming to get a rewrite done over the next two weeks so we can then have a ‘line-by-line’ script meeting next. Script will be going out to the actors soon so we all need to be suitably clued up in order to reflect, enhance, deliver during rehearsal and performance on 27th October.

I love ‘line-by-lines’ as talking about it usually clarifies it for me. The specific attention to detail that looking at every line brings I find really useful and enjoyable.

I am where I usually am at this point in the process and can see it being good once Director Kate Chapman and Actors (as yet not cast)  bring their stuff to it. Now I need to tweak, restructure bits, switch lines, tiny detailed stuff mainly.

Young Britain Project

September 10, 2009

This is on and happening. two meetings with group of young men. ten minute piece to deliver by Oct 19th. I get more details next week. Looking forward to the project. I liked working in this way and is one of the reasons I like workshopping with actors. Although this is a very different thing some of the improvisational nature, attennae tuned in attitude is the same for me.

Working with TWP and Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Cool

decibel09 Pitch

September 9, 2009

The pitching sessions for decibel09 have sold out so assuming the booked individuals still have the energy to attend after two days of seeing shows and late-night drinking it should be a good turn out.

My rural touring project, Boat Gypsies will also be represented at the Rural Touring Forum AGM through the Writers’ lab09 Theatre Writing Partnership but as this clashes with my pitch I won’t be able to attend. It won’t be presented on this occassion but two of the five projects will. The Writers’ Lab09 participants are Richard Rai O’Neill (Today’s Lessons), Segun Lee French (Palm Wine and Stout), Leah Chillery (The Cliffs) and Tyrone Huggins (The HoneyMan) and myself.

The extract showing (Thursday 17th September) will be followed by a q&a about the development process. Extracts from All five plays will be presented at the Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 26th October.

Rehearsed reading streamed event

September 9, 2009

Talawa theatre company had the first of a proposed monthly live streaming event of a rehearsed reading of a play. Flipping the script it is called. I watched it in the theatre writing partnership offices. There were a number of technical issues (the connection, the camera position and the poor audio) but the potential was immediate also.
An opportunity to connect with an audience for very little extra overhead. The nature and aesthetic of rehearsed readings mean that a very simple streaming set-up opens up the engagement and interaction with a geographically diverse audience.
Really excited by the potential of this. How long before NTlive initiative is being streamed into homes and not cinemas? Not long.

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