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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! The big big big news

Sunday Feburary 4th: Yay! Some of you have already heard this unofficially, but I can finally announce this properly. I have been invited by Mankind to return Waiting for Gandalf to the Brighton Fringe in 2018. This will be at Sweet Werks on the 14th-20th May, and Mankind will be the producers.

If you know about Mankind's involvement in the Brighton Fringe, you will know why this is a big deal, but if you're not a Brighton Fringe regular, this will take a bit of explaining. Mankind is one of the few charities in the country who provide support to male victims of sexual abuse. One thing they do is raise awareness of the issue through theatre, and this came to prominence in 2016 when Patrick Sandford performed Groomed, a frank story of his own experiences. This was by far the best-reviewed play of the whole festival, and scooped just about every award going.

Also, Patrick Sandford himself is directing me. He is the former artistic director of The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, so this is a huge deal too. I am writing this on the way back from Brighton, where we have just had our first rehearsal.

Since this is massive news, it's right at this point to thank those people who helped me get to this point.

Adrian Marks, of course, for writing this play and entrusting it to me in the first place.
  • Everyone at Durham Dramatic Society who let me use their theatre for rehearsals and previews.
  • Sweet Venues for having me at Brighton Fringe, without whom I would not have got the attention of Mankind.
  • Underground Venues for hosting me at Buxton Fringe before then, where I first developed the play that ended up in Brighton.
  • Richard Stamp, whose passing reference to my play in the Buxton Fringe recommendations for a different play persuaded me to take on the gamble of Brighton.
  • And, of course, I must thank Live Theatre for starting this all off. I know I frequently argue with them over theatre in general, but the fact remains that had they not invited to the same writers' group as Adrian Marks, I would never have known about this play.
  • Finally, apologies for anyone who expects by usual bitter and cynical rants, but I am going to do some inspirational quotes for a change. Here we go:

    • You know the saying about giving a good performance no matter how small the audience is? The one about you never know who's watching? That might sound like a platitude, but it's true. The performance I did at Brighton that landed me this breakthrough had an audience of three. Yes, three. (And that wasn't even the worst one.)
    • You do not need the approval of local cultural gatekeepers to get somewhere. In the five years I've been bringing my work to festival fringes, I have received no coverage from the local arts media (North East Theatre Guide excepted), and no support and next to no encouragement from the local new writing theatres. This is proof you can do it without.
    • Most importantly, you can do this on top of a full-time job. It requires a lot of energy and dedication, but it can be done. Don't let anyone tell make you think you're not a proper performer just because you haven't gone through a "proper" drama school route.

    I will create a new Waiting for Gandalf page as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to May.

    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.