Something is coming…

SOMETHING IS COMING. Or should I say, “someone“…? Who remembers Dorothy, the mother with the metaphorical meat cleaver, the one with the clock ticking in her stomach? The mother-in-law you would dread to have? If you saw the original production of Water’s Not So Thick at Bath’s Rondo in June ’11, or R&D shows atContinue reading “Something is coming…”

A Song & Dance for your details…

A much-loved but unproduced theatre script,  A Bit of a Song & Dance, made the BBC Drama Script Room long-list! They had a record number of entries, and a phenomenal amount to read, so I’m especially pleased – and grateful! As all writers out there know, there’s subjectivity in all of this, too, so I’mContinue reading “A Song & Dance for your details…”

Taking the helm of the Rondo Writers’ Group

What IS the collective noun for a group of writers? A murder of crows, a sleuth of bears, a flange of baboons and a flight of dragons. Take your pick what would we like? A blot? A tippex (for writers of a certain age)? A row? A bin? But that’s merely an intro… I’m very,Continue reading “Taking the helm of the Rondo Writers’ Group”

Good, better, best

V chuffed to report that “Hard Men’, my pilot show script, developed through last year’s Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting programme, has got through the quarter-finals of the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards 2013. It made for a lovely afternoon, with writers galore getting in touch to check that I knew! Just goes to show what a community weContinue reading “Good, better, best”

Developing this oniony play – in pictures

I sometimes feel I don’t get visual enough on this wee blog. So I thought I’d try to raise a Friday afternoon smile from you (I just hit 7 hours with only a short breather, working on this oniony play’s structure/s and need a break). I’m going to show you my scribbles that have takenContinue reading “Developing this oniony play – in pictures”

The heartbeat of an onion

The play I’m working on has turned out to be an onion of a piece. Except that the layers seem, at first glance, to have very little to do with each other. It started with some Keith Johnston-inspired automatic writing (long story). Under that layer, something ridiculously epic, galactically so. Get through that one, andContinue reading “The heartbeat of an onion”

Gnash, gobble, splat: the sounds of a new script hitting the genre wall

It is a fine thing to get the teeth into a new script. Delicious, clean pages. Fresh bodies waiting to spurt, the splatter marks on the walls giving us the story to decipher, like CSIs of dramatic fiction. Does that make the writer a bitey vampire or besplattered detective? Either way – and I suspectContinue reading “Gnash, gobble, splat: the sounds of a new script hitting the genre wall”

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….?”

Re-writes

Oh, loathsome rewrites: the most important thing, and the hardest. They’re my main preoccupation right now – even though there are many budding ideas shooting their way through, and an incomplete full-length thing which is chewing the back of my brain. But without them, without nips and tucks, excision and the bin, the thing’s notContinue reading “Re-writes”