** UPDATE ** This course has been postponed until Autumn 2012 ** I'm running a playwriting course for New Writing South in Brighton from Tuesday 7th February next year. The copy says: This new ten session course offers a supportive atmosphere in which to explore elements of craft, including characterisation, plot, dialogue, and voice. Aimed … Continue reading Playwrighting course
I’m running a workshop
Built your bonfire too early? Nothing to do early on November 5th? Why not sign up for a writing workshop! I'm running a one day course at The School Creative Centre in beautiful Rye on Bonfire Day. The full details and booking thing are here. The blurb says... This workshop will use a series of … Continue reading I’m running a workshop
I've been working on a presentation about bread for use at Bodiam Castle. I've been rewriting it for weeks but can't get the pitch of it right. It's either research heavy, too flip, too pseudo-academic or too cr*p. As I have to stand up and deliver this to a passing audience I am anxious to … Continue reading Latest obsession
I am so sorry to hear that the playwright Pam Gems has died. I went to see her play Piaf in the West End when I was in my early twenties. It changed my view of theatre and gave me a hunger for more. The memory of that evening still quickens my pulse. R.I.P.
>End of the Rainbow
>We went to see Peter Quilter's play End of the Rainbow at Trafalgar Studios last night. It tells the story of Judy Garland's last few months. The West End Whingers saw in back in November and their review is here - It's an amazing performance by Tracie Bennett as Garland, and Hilton McRae nails the other sympathetic … Continue reading >End of the Rainbow
>After recovering from last week's lurgy and then going down with a bad case of I can't be arsed to train-itis I finally got back on the bike on Thursday after a six day lay off. Self delusion being what it is, I rather imagined that I would be rested and ready to rip the … Continue reading >…a3crg ’10’
>The Prisoner of Second Avenue
>We went to see Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre last night. It's about a guy who loses his job, loses his mind, and then puts so much pressure on his wife that she loses it too. I'm not sure why Pat chose it.Jeff Goldblum is good, but the production really … Continue reading >The Prisoner of Second Avenue
>We went to see a production of Love Song by John Kolvenbach at the Pleasance Theatre last night. A funny play with a great cast (my niece Eleanor Yates plays Molly). It closes today (shows at 5.30 and 8.30).Well worth a look. Don't wear a big jumper though - the auditorium was very warm.
>West London Combine 25m TT and a trip to The Miniaturists
>A day of two halves.The morning began with a 6.30am alarm. Off to a lay-by under a motorway bridge (ah! the glamour) for the second West London Combine event of the season - a 25 mile time trial organised by Hillingdon Triathletes with some marshals being stumped up by the Willesden as well. I offered … Continue reading >West London Combine 25m TT and a trip to The Miniaturists
>A Page Turner and the 20/20 conference
> Last weekend I attended the 20/20 Playwriting/Pedagogy conference run by The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. It was great to meet up with old friends, meet some new friends and listen to some interesting and inspiring papers. The US playwriting/pedagogy scene (with its much longer history of teaching playwriting) was … Continue reading >A Page Turner and the 20/20 conference