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Welcome to the site

Welcome to my website where I write a bit about writing and directing I've been doing for the theatre. This isn't intended to be a marketing or self-promotional site as such; rather, it's just a point of reference for anyone wondering what I'm up to, what I've done in the past, or how to get in touch with me.

NEW! Breaking news

Tuesday February 7th: Okay, since this has gone out to all members of the society, I think I can now announce this publicly. I've been talked into standing for Secretary of Durham Dramatic Society to replace Jennifer Gill who is standing down. This wasn't really part of my plans, but no-one else was coming forwards and somebody has to do it. Anyway, no-one else has stood, so this means I will be taking up the position after the AGM on the 10th March.

This position is about the number 3 or 4 position in Durham Dramatic Society, so I'm taking on quite a lot more responsibility. I do have various things in mind for what I want to do, but I will be going through those one thing at a time. Until then, I will try to enjoy my final few weeks of not being insanely busy.

Ho hum. And I thought I would be getting off the board of directors after my three-year term finished.

Just for fun ...

Tuesday December 27th: It's been rather quiet on this site since I got Waiting for Gandalf and The Gentleman of Russell Square out of the way. Don't worry, I've been planning plenty of things behind the scenes. Nothing in a state to announce publicly yet, but expect to have a few things to announce shortly. At some point, I will try to get some photos from the Silent Movie up on my site, as soon as I can chase them up. Anyone waiting for casting info for And a Nightingale Sang, no decision yet, but I expect casting to take place some time in May, so plenty of time yet. I will write my usual part descriptions closer to the time.

Whilst you're waiting, here's something I wrote just for fun: A Christmas Confession. Something a bit like a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and The Wicker Man, described as surprisingly dark, cynical and twisted by people who are somehow still surprised that I could be so dark, cynical or twisted. This will be found offensive by a lot of people. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Right, that's all for now. Go away.

Gandalf returns, silent movies and more ...

Sunday September 11th: Yes, long time no see. Been doing a lot of coverage of other people’s work on my blog, but not much time updating this site. Better bring you up to date.

So, the most exciting news is over Waiting for Gandalf. As it says on that page, the ticket sales weren’t great (to put it mildly), but I got excellent critical acclaim, including my first four-star review. And on the back of all this, I’ve got my first performance in Newcastle, something that’s been elusive for years. It’s at the Bridge Hotel as part of the Tolkien weekend next door in Newcastle Castle. The performance is at 4 p.m. on Saturday 24th September. It’s free entry with a collection for charity afterwards, but you need to book on this page.

And coming up after that is a brand new project, The Gentleman of Russell Square. This is going to be a silent movie on stage, and the first stage of this is a scratch performance of the first scene. I have one scratch performance confirmed at the City Theatre on the 28th October so far (which is open to DDS members), and if things go to plan, there will be another performance open to the public shortly after.

However, the bad news is that Howard and Mimi has been postponed indefinitely owing to circumstances outside my control. I am still intending to do this when the time is right, but I’m getting these other two projects out the way first.

Finally, I have my first confirmed play for 2017. It's And a Nightingale Sang, a lovely classic from C. P. Taylor. This will be done in September, and as this in when Durham hosts the Northern conference of the Little Theatre Guild, that’s the play I’ll be presenting to them. I’ll try to get some casting information up soon. And I think that’s it. So much for quiet time.

UPDATE 28/10: And I can now confirm the public showing. It's my very first performance at the Gala Theatre as part of Next Up ..., their scratch night. It's on 2nd November, evening starts 7.30 p.m., and I should be on around 8.30 p.m. If you don't believe me, look, here I am!

Stuff in the site:

On this page you'll find links to take you to the following places:

About me: Brief resume about how long I've been writing and who for.

News: Archive of previous announcements like the one above, plus a few odds and sods that don't make it to the front page.

Productions: Section listing all the upcoming and recent plays I've done where I was writer, director, or solo performer. All upcoming productions now have their dedicated pages.

Frequently asked questions: Short list of the questions I really do get asked quote often. Sadly, this doesn't yet include: "I'm a film producer, would you be interested in a multi-million Hollywood deal?"

Gallery: Pictures of what I've done, so I can prove I really did do this and didn't just make it up.

Samples and freebies: A few calling cards - samples of things I've previously had on stage, and some bits and bobs that anyone's welcome to who wants it.

Links: Things I'm involved in, or just things I like.

Contact me: My all-new all-singing all-dancing contact page with new exciting anti-spam features.