THE GLACIAL PACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE – A LAUGHING MATTER?

– You didn’t? – No! That’s a typo. I want you to have a climate emergency PICNIC. At Bath’s Rondo Theatre at 7:30 on Monday 2 March, Gill Kirk’s giving theatre lovers a chance to peek behind the curtain of her new show – halfway through its development.  With this pre-tour “script-in-hand” show, she and the teamContinue reading “THE GLACIAL PACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE – A LAUGHING MATTER?”

Booking Open: New Show

My new dark climate comedy Skin In The Game has a pre-tour script-in-hand show on Monday 2 March at Bath’s Rondo Theatre. Seats are limited – get yours here: https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/2490/skin-in-the-game The cast and creatives are ridiculously talented. I’ll tell you more about them very soon. Meanwhile, some smashing images that illustrate a little about thisContinue reading “Booking Open: New Show”

Writing without, you know, “writing”

I used to catch ideas (which are so like butterflies, it almost seems cruel) by leaving myself answerphone messages on the home landline. The light would flicker at me when I got back in the warm at the end of the day: “hello,” glowed the message from a past me of oo, hours ago; “rememberContinue reading “Writing without, you know, “writing””

“The Pitlochry Play” #2: ‘Skin in the Game’

Due to some unexpected cancellations in the diary, and some jiggling about of other stuff I am a major over-achiever: October’s expenses are begun, there’s mugs soaking in the bubbles, and here I am. I’ve just sent another thank you letter to one of my funders for the “Pitlochry Play”, and as I wiped theContinue reading ““The Pitlochry Play” #2: ‘Skin in the Game’”

The Pitlochry Play #1: the sound of water

I’m here in Pitlochry, land of Pitlochry Festival Theatre and much, much more. Today’s day 3 of my playwrighting residency at the theatre and I’m rolling around like a pig in poo at the luxury of all this writing space and thinking time. I’m not here to share anything about my “process” with you, but I can’tContinue reading “The Pitlochry Play #1: the sound of water”

Do Not Disturb: an arts satire

“A satire about arts and funding in a post-BBC, post-sterling world. Two civil servants hunt a dangerous script to stop it infecting a world that’s free of disturbing theatre. They disguise themselves as theatre types and get enmeshed in the glamour. Everyone’s lying for accolades, acceptance and – er – maybe art.” This is theContinue reading “Do Not Disturb: an arts satire”

Wanted a Genie, found a Muse

Lovely news – I’ve just been awarded a writers’ residency at the fantastic Pitlochry Festival Theatre to start work on a new play. And it all started because I couldn’t get to Mull and in the (relatively) short time my child was away with relatives. In July, I’d been facing the standard single parent dilemma:Continue reading “Wanted a Genie, found a Muse”

Glittered Knickers…

I love it when a plan you never knew you had comes together. An old friend up at Bath Uni decided we needed an International Women’s Day entertainment night in Widcombe. It’s over 20 years since I did one of these, back at the students’ union, so when she said, “Want to do something forContinue reading “Glittered Knickers…”