57 Images Of My Father

October 17, 2010

Despite starting another rewrite of The Five Wives of Fela Kuti I’ve decided to switch my attention to completing another draft of a different project in development, 57 Images of My Father. I was going through old emails and saw one from someone who saw the pitch of I did of this project at Decibel 09 in Manchester. Realised I needed to get on with this and get a draft out and follow up this interest. The Five Wives of Fela Kuti project has taken along time, much longer than envisaged and I need to get more work written so I switched. Watching A Might Heart,  Michael Winterbottom’s film about the Daniel Pearl kidnapping I was struck by the line ‘how can you love someone you’ve never met’ . This is a key idea for my piece.

A video of me pitching the project can be found here.


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


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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.

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.

Decibel09 Pitch

September 7, 2009

I’ve got my pitch sorted now for Decibel09. Trying to keep it structured but loose and semi-improvised. We are only allowed five minutes so need to be on it. received two days training in London back in July. My task it to try and get the commissioners, artistic directors interested in the idea enough to chat afterwards with the idea of a commission and a commitment to produce the play.

The project is 57 Images of My Father, a comedy set in Limbo where my lead is on his last chance to escape.

decibel09 takes place in Manchester next week


May 11, 2009

The publicity events for Decibel are swinging along now. This is my profile page on the Decibel09 website.

Have purchased some books that will help me create the pitch. Very busy at the moment with other projects so no time to even look at them yet. The two books are Apple Motion and Apple Color books from the Apple training series of books. I have an elaborate, complicated pitch idea planned so trying to learn how to use those two pieces of software so I can pull it off. It is very representative of the idea for the play I have in kind so not just me jolly-ing off.

There is a Decibel Artists briefing meeting taking place on 25th June that I am hoping to get to. I just need to get the other two projects off and then I can concentrate more attention on the pitch. Very busy juggling all various commitments so having to be super organised

the hounding of david oluwale

April 3, 2009

Just saw The Hounding of David Oluwale at Nottm Playhouse. Adapted for the stage by Oladipo Agboluaje the play is based on a book by Kester Aspden.
Really dynamic show, lots of excellent staging, doubling and tripling by the eight cast members. Lots of lighting changes. The show is an eclipse theatre production directed by Dawn Walton. The main character starts off dead and the show brings him to life as he comes to life to reclaim his story. Has parallels with a stageplay I am currently developing and will be pitching at the Decibel performing arts showcase in manchester, september.
Its treatment of time, space and character had similaraties but sufficiently different from the way I envisage mine to but feel like we are covering the same territory.
A good show. Unfortunately it comes to the end of its run after Nottingham but the play text is published by Oberon Modern Plays so you can track it down if you so wish.
A good show. Having a good run with shows with this and empty bed blues by stephen lowe recently.

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