You wait for ages, then 3 come along at once

I haven’t updated my blog in a while. The reason is very simple – I haven’t had anything to say (some might say that doesn’t usually stop me).

Last year saw lots of activity as various plays and projects came to fruition. The problem is, however, that plays don’t write themselves and sometimes you’ve just got to knuckle down and get on with it. So that’s what I’ve been doing. Getting on with writing. And sometimes not writing but thinking about writing. And sometimes not writing and not thinking about writing, but the latter not very often.

I’ve got a few things coming up that I’d like to share with you, if that’s ok. If it’s not ok, stop reading now.


Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August (various times daily)

TEN TINY TYNESIDE PLAYS, part of Live Theatre’s ‘Mega Bites’ Youth Theatre Festival

The audience will tour in and around Live Theatre, seeing shorts written by myself and four other writers in various and unusual spaces. Apparently these spaces are a surprise. I know where they are, but I’m not allowed to say. They were fun to write. You’d think the brief “write a 7 minute play for 2 young actors” would be a doddle, but it isn’t. My two tiny plays are called ‘Make A Wish’ and ‘Flapjack’. One involves flapjack – I’ll leave it up to you to guess which.

Tickets are available now – click [here] for the details


Sunday 5 August (it’s a busy weekend)

Forward Theatre Project’s SCRATCH MY CITY @ Soho Theatre

I really enjoyed the last SMC I did with the Company last year, so I signed up to do another one. For this one the inspiration for the writers is provided by puppet company Colossal Crumbs. We’ve each been assigned a puppet character as our inspiration. Mine is called Cuthbert. He is a lonely fish. He breaks my heart.

I’m writing the play right now. Well, not RIGHT NOW but let’s not get pedantic. It includes a magic library book and a packet of Polos. Unfortunately I can’t say much more than that for the moment.

Again, tickets are available now – click [here] for the details


Thursday 2 – Monday 27 August (7.10pm daily)

TOBACCO DOUBLE-BILL @ Edinburgh Festival Fringe

I am reliably informed that Esra Taf’s rehearsals are going well and I am very much looking forward to seeing their production of Tobacco/Can Cause Death at the Fringe next month.

So, that’s about the size of it.

For now, at least … x