Living, unfamous writers: too many of ’em about?

To be fair, if you’re not receiving tax-payer subsidy or other grants that call for you to support writers that live, you can do what you want. But theatre faces a challenge. It’s competing against those guys I mentioned earlier (Cowell, HBO, the West End, film) for audiences. And it shouldn’t just be competing for attention, but for audience LOVE. For that “I can’t get enough” thang. “New” shouldn’t be a dirty word, a “brand” or fad that passes its sell-by date. It shouldn’t be a synonym for “worthy” or “inaccessible”. If theatres commission exciting work, it will excite.

Catching Up

You (I) run fast through autumn and early December to get that time off at Christmas and New Year, trip up (get the lurgy, natch), sleep a lot and fall madly behind. It has, I realise, become a pattern. BUT! Waving a blazing torch of flaming, rejected, double-side printed scripts, I stride with gumption intoContinue reading “Catching Up”

High Tide Winter Retreat

6 December already? How did that happen? Terrifying. So I’ll ignore it and pretend I will easily make the year-end deadlines I’ve given myself… Let’s deal with the Now instead.  Am back a day or so from the excellent High Tide winter retreat in Halesworth, Suffolk.  Sixteen brave scribes [wrighters, rather than writers, we hope]Continue reading “High Tide Winter Retreat”

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”

A voice is for….?

“Tale Man tell me what’s wrong with my life, am I only here to question? No, sir, you are undoubtedly here to cajole and make suggestions.” Julian Cope – “These Things I Know” – ‘Black Sheep’ album Excellent day yesterday at the Soho Theatre, where they held (yet another) great training session for writers, inContinue reading “A voice is for….?”

Inspiration & Invention

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”

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”