My 2011 creative year in Review

December 31, 2011

As 2012 looms a quick look back at my creative year. Many projects started with none come to production fruition. Some good collaborations this year though that will hopefully remain ongoing: Poonam Brah, Kate Chapman and Bianca Winter, Oval House, EMTAC, Vinta Morgan to name but a few individuals who I hope to be working with, in some capacity, over the next 12 months and beyond.

2012 will bring the closing of Theatre Writing Partnership which will be a loss but I’m confident that out of the political, cultural, financial shenanigans occurring, will come good, interesting, challenging, useful opportunity for those of who who strive to make that happen. I believe that change is the natural state and some of us embrace this natural order to grow and learn.

Here’s to a productive 2012 for all those who wish one. Cheers

Palm Wine and Stout

October 7, 2010

Segun Lee French rural touring play Palm Wine and Stout, a Eastern Angles show opens tonight. Catch Segun’s BBC Radio4 interview with Libby Purves here while it’s still on the iPlayer this week.

Tour dates for the show are here.

The show came out of a Theatre Writing Partnership initiative with the Eastern Angles and New Perspectives theatre companies. it tours for the next three weeks.

New perspectives will also be touring The Honey Man show. Written by tyrone huggins this is also a project developed through the rural touring initiative of a couple of years ago.

Five Wives Of Fela Kuti Draft3 Done

February 8, 2010

Completed draft 3 minutes ago and have now emailed it to Kate Chapman and Bianca Winter of Theatre Writing Partnership (TWP)

It is much changed in plot and some characterisation. Think it’s much better. The plan is to have a script meeting this week and then for me to deliver a polish draft for 25th of this Month. The script will then go out to potential producing theatres to seek collaboaration for a production 2011/2012. I am hoping the Steve Mcqueen Fela biopic will help in creating additional interest around the man and his life.

I’ll post again after feedback.

Five Wives Of Fela Kuti

January 12, 2010

Just re-read the script presented by TWP as part of the Momentum:nottingham festival back in oct 2009 at the Nottingham Playhouse. It feels full of problems, some of which I have solutions to, others not yet. Will start at the beginning and rely on the process of writing to get me there. Trying to have clear ideas about each section of the script and see what happens. The aim is to try to make it better not to make it perfect. Mid-February delivery for the next draft.

First thing that’s changed is the title. I am now calling it Fives Wives of Fela Kuti. See how long that lasts!

Fela Wives project- Next stage

December 4, 2009

After a period of reflection following the momentum:nottingham Reading in October I had a meeting with Kate Chapman, Chief Executive of TWP to discuss the next stage of the Fela’s Wives project. My instinct following the reading was to do a major rewrite as regards the ‘plot’ driver of the story. I still feel this and we agree that this was the best (or certainly the next) course. I’ll be doing this draft for Spring of next year. We also identified potential collaborators for the project (Producers, Commisioners, venues). Kate will be sounding them out about the project and giving them details of the process so far. The draft will be going to them and then we’ll take it from there. the idea is that they have an opportunity to collaborate and input into subsequent drafts thus engaging with the playand with this crucial part of the development process.

Five Queens of Fela Kuti

August 16, 2009

Just received the Nottm Playhouse brochure. As part of theatre writing partnership’s Momentum festival Black Folks strand I’ve got two extracts playing on both the 26th and 27th october, Boat Gypsies and Fela’s Five Queens (or the Wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti whichever title I can fix on). Boat Gypsies is done but feeling the pressure with Five Queens. I completed a draft a year ago but now doing a page one rewrite and only on page 30 at moment. Got about 20 days to complete a draft. Don’t really have to complete for the showing but I’d like to. The extract is likely to be the 20 mins or so and probably the opening 20 mins but completing will give us more options. Think I know where I’m going now as regards plot details just need to get it done.

The Wives (many) of Fela Kuti

June 18, 2009

Just ordered this book about fela kuti’s music and the political and practical context surrounding it’s conception and production.

£65.00 so not cheap. Hopefully it’ll be a useful research source and not me frittering my fee on fela cd’s and books!!
Thinking of changing the working title to Fela’s Queens or The Queens of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Basically putting Queens somewhere in the title.

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