Quickies

Oh, it’s the end-of-year madness, which, like all other things seasonal, comes early. First of all, a massive grins all round as Venue Magazine released its judgement on the year’s best bits, rating May’s 24 Hour Plays at Theatre Royal Bath, run by the great Shane Morgan at Roughhouse  as 2nd best play of theContinue reading “Quickies”

Catch

The thing is, too much thought and too little ability to translate that into a regular blog post… A few fragments, then…Fresh from reviewing “Jigsy” – a Les Dennis one-man show at the Tobacco Factory. Last night was the “world premier”, tonight’s the last show! This was great theatre. My review for whatsonstage.com is here.Continue reading “Catch”

Putting on work = growing as tale-tellers

Well, yes, being a writer is all very well, but you’ve gotta remember (and we can forget!) that it’s ultimately about getting the drama onto the stage. The work can be as beautifully crafted as you like, but audienceless, it’s meaninglessly mute. I spent yesterday afternoon (+ will spend today and tomorrow) with the greatContinue reading “Putting on work = growing as tale-tellers”

Reviews: “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaching…” 2-4 Aug, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

“Overwhelmed by hyper-energetic, Ali Watts, performing as a hard living but happy “Glasgoburgh” soldier, home on leave, who among the convivial crowd in the theatre bar would guess that “Passion”was written by a woman, Gill Kirk?…The outpouring of the soldier’s passion is pure masculine. Ms Kirk must have observed the species very closely, and WattsContinue reading “Reviews: “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaching…” 2-4 Aug, Tobacco Factory, Bristol”

Eddie King & the Death of Rave – 2nd-4th Aug

Oooo, stuff from the surprise box is always great, isn’t it? Just agreed to join the merry crew taking part in Darkstuff Productions’ “Thrills Pills and Bellyaching – Eddie King and the Death of Rave” at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory on Aug 2-4th at 8-30pm. This is gonna be a great show! Here’s the spiel fromContinue reading “Eddie King & the Death of Rave – 2nd-4th Aug”

Theatrical Viagra / Talent Ahoy!

Ok, no, so we’re not talking about Nicole Kidman in The Blue Room. In case you were wondering. No.  But I am fresh from having my full-production cherry merrily popped by Alison Farina’s Butterfly Psyche theatre company and the Rondo Theatre in Bath. Last Wednesday to Saturday was Water’s Not So Thick‘s first full-scale outing.Continue reading “Theatrical Viagra / Talent Ahoy!”

Reviews: ‘Water’s Not So Thick’

4 stars * * * * Venue Magazine  “Acutely observed and sharp as tacks, [with]  plenty of wit and humour … that soon gives way to a much bleaker portrait of dysfunction and dependence, and a plot which builds with the relentless momentum of tragedy.”   “I wholeheartedly recommend that you go.” – Guide2Bath “Gill Kirk’sContinue reading “Reviews: ‘Water’s Not So Thick’”

Going at a Gallop

A gallop of a post: First of all,  a humungous “hats off” to Shane Morgan of Roughhouse Productions, and Jill Bennett of Theatre Royal Bath for pulling together an astonishingly good 24Hour Plays on Friday – Saturday nights.  What a superb process and outcome, with six completely new short plays growing out of nothing, performedContinue reading “Going at a Gallop”

Gladiators, rrrready???

An Anaesthetic for Birthdays goes into rehearsals tomorrow for its rehearsed reading on Wednesday night and I’m very excited. This will be the first time it’s been “stood up” and the rhythms and riffs between the characters will take on a life outside my head / kitchen / early hour baby feeds.  Am just readingContinue reading “Gladiators, rrrready???”

New happenings and challenges

Since the last posting, there’s been much merry activity. …The added challenge is that I had a baby at New Year and so am learning to juggle the feeding with one hand and writing with the other. To be honest, I’ve totally given up on that, and bought myself some excellent dictation software: this could be a very interesting way to write a play!