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”
Thousand Films and The Unloved
Cracking email from Thousand Films this week – The Unloved has made the longest (c100/c2000 scripts). Shortlisting is now underway, with 10 talented writers winning in July. This is a great talent-finding initiative from Sid Gentle Productions, NFTS and the Edinburgh TV Festival. You can read more here.
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…”
Glue: a short film
I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this. Anyway, it’s brilliant. I’ve been working since autumn with a smart young director called Isabelle Larché in Bristol. We worked up an idea. I wrote a script. She’s pulled together a cracking team and this weekend, filming began. There’s a crowdfunder (which has hit its very modest targetContinue reading “Glue: a short film”
Review: Blue Door
USTINOV STUDIO, BATH, til 9 March 2019 I was lucky enough to catch this show on Monday – and will be there again on Thursday to chair the after-show discussion (yes, very lucky me!). Here’s an excerpt – with a link to the full review in Bristol 24/7 underneath: _________________ Blue Door is a remarkableContinue reading “Review: Blue Door”
May You Live In Interesting Times: a new age of political TV drama?
Ah, those old Chinese curses, eh? A couple of years back, I was pitching a TV drama-comedy idea to a really cracking producer. We were both excited (I think!) about the central character – an unseated MP thrown into my old work world of lobbying, with all its grey shades and the implications for herContinue reading “May You Live In Interesting Times: a new age of political TV drama?”
We All Have A Magic Gun…the quantum play lives…!
I woke up last Thursday morning feeling like a child with a hundred wrapped presents at her feet. Because Wednesday’s rehearsed reading of the quantum physics play, BOX, was an utter joy. The marvellous audience let me record the Q&A, so I can use their feedback as I work to complete the script. Here areContinue reading “We All Have A Magic Gun…the quantum play lives…!”
Box: development update
Very excited to say the quantum mechanics play, Box, has a twinkle in its eye. After some generous and insightful industry feedback over the summer, it’s having a rehearsed reading on Hallowe’en, as part of the work done by Brighton University’s Performance and Community Research and Enterprise Group. What’s that? It means I get to workContinue reading “Box: development update”
Theatre Review: Switzerland
Yep, I’ve been reviewing again. Brilliant way to sharpen the writerly craft (I hope). Sorry to say this isn’t all it could be – running til 1 Sep in Bath, with Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan playing Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley (and much more): “….Think of a bar-bore in their own caveContinue reading “Theatre Review: Switzerland”
Review: The Whale
I was lucky enough to see and review this incredible piece of theatre back in May. Apologies for missing the boat on re-posting my review for Bristol 24/7, but here it is: As an adult, it is genuinely rare to sit in a theatre and utterly believe. But Shuler Hensley’s performance in The Whale is perhaps theContinue reading “Review: The Whale”