Wednesday
Mar102010

One Million Tiny Plays

Working on a fascinating piece for BBC Radio 4 entitled, 'One Million Tiny Plays About Britain'. Short plays - some only one line long - as the title suggests and all beautifully written. Words, words, words.

Wednesday
Mar102010

Heckling.

Richard Hurst - BBC 'Miranda'. 'Bill Hicks'. - on board as director. First full table read next week with a select audience of 'critics'. Meanwhile Bill Humble and myself continue work on editing the text. No theatre lined up yet, but potential co-producers hopefully acquainting themselves with the script even as I blog.

Saturday
Feb062010

No Point In Heckling

The terrific writer William Humble has penned a new play/stand-up piece called 'No Point In Heckling'. It's a hugely funny and bile induced tirade about the social treatment of the hard of hearing. No producer or theatre on board as yet - we may well self-produce - but provisional work on the project begins this week.

Thursday
Dec172009

Only Sex and Drugs.

To BBC last friday to see preview of 'Only Fools...' prequel, 'Sex,Drugs, Rock and Chips'. Everyone enjoyed it greatly. John Sullivan has cleverly not put Del Boy at the centre of the piece, but instead tells the story of Del's mum and her relationship with safe cracker Freddie Robdale. Both Nick Lyndhurst and Kellie Bright are superb. I contribute as Ernie Raynor, the pervy manager of the Peckham Ritz Cinema. John told me afterwards that if there was an award for Britain's best perv I'd win it hands down. Hands down what, he neglected to say. Critics may give it a hard time, but I think it will prove to be an audience pleaser. Hope so anyway.

Thursday
Dec172009

Betjeman Revisited

Am dusting off my theatre piece on Sir John Betjeman - 'Summoned by Betjeman' - for two charity performances this January. It's the first time I've performed it in nearly three years, but am looking forward to stepping into the great man's shoes once again and re-working parts of the show. To this end, the musical pieces and underscoring will be performed live with Peter Dale on the piano. I am also looking to include new passages and anecdotes that have previously been excluded. Reading Bevis Hillier's terrific second installment of his Betjeman biographic trilogy, 'New Fame, New Love' for Radio 4 has wet the appetite.