I met a man who refused to read Keith Johnstone‘s amazing book, Impro. It’s a stunning book – my new bible, a discovery I rave about, which half the theatrical world grew up with (I say half; I mean actors more than anyone else.) I can’t recommend it enough, so that’s ’nuff said on that.Continue reading “Inspiration & Invention”
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”
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”
As you might have spotted if you read this blog regularly, I’ve been a member of a superb group of writers at the Ustinov. This group is now moving to the Tobacco Factory and this statement from the Forum explains the how and the why. If you would like to know more about what we’reContinue reading “The Ustinov Writers’ Forum Moves to the Tobacco Factory”
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!”
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???”
Wow. Draft 3 of Anaesthetic for Birthdays has hit the director’s in-box. Water’s Not So Thick has gone into rehearsal (with a superb cast). I’ve left the house, reacquainted myself with the family and email. Not the real, paper-filled in-tray, mind you…..
I’m in one of those “funks”, as 1950s girls’ books used to call them – a mental fuzz, blur, mash or mess where I can’t see the woods for the trees or the good for the bad. Yes, it’s Draft Two time. The story so far: draft 1: too many pages of too much talkContinue reading “Quality control”
When I was about two years old, I went to ballet and tap lessons. My parents still hoot with laughter at the memory of me reciting ad infinitum, “take a big STEP, take a big STEP,” as I practised my complicated routine by striding around the living room. That’s the posting’s title explained–kind of. It’sContinue reading “Take a big STEP”
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!