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Saturday, 23 August 2008

Pride & Politics

This weekend sees the return of the Gay Pride festival in Manchester. It's a HUGE event with parades etc. I've been asked to work today last minute for the festival. I'll be on a t-shirt stand, selling things and looking after the volunteers. Should be fun and the sun is shining.

I've got one week to move house and haven't found anywhere to live yet. It's a complicated affair. The reason I'm leaving is because a mutual friend of ours is moving in and for various reasons I don't want to live with her. My other flatmate felt the same, then changed her mind last minute, leaving me with no other option but to move out as I know I'll be unhappy if she moves in. I'm really sad because I've loved living with my housemate and never wanted to leave, but feel I've really got no say on who moves in and I'd rather move out than live in an unhappy environment - I think I've been through enough this year already and can't be bothered with anything else!
Thankfully, my brother Gav needs somewhere to live - so we're looking for a place together. We're viewing a rather posh apartment tomorrow that we both love from the photos, so fingers crossed!

Writing wise, I'm working on my next play for the youth theatre at Salford Arts Theatre. The play is called 'Camp 360,' and is set in a Brat Camp for teenagers. I'm really enjoying writing this one and should have it finished soon!

That's all for now!

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Update

What a week! I've started writing a new play with my best friend Paul Swaine (it's nice to finally be doing another project together!) Went to watch stand-up Monday night at the brilliant Frog and Bucket. It was nice to be sat in the audience rather than stressing about going on stage!
I've got a new office job and start next week. It's working for a theatre marketing company.
My brother Gav has just got a job too, so it's all systems go!
I'm also moving out of my house, which I'm sad about... all good things come to an end. Think I've found a lovely flat and viewing it on Sunday, so hopefully it'll be 'the one!'

Busy reading Just Say Yes by Phillipa Ashley. It's a great read so far, can't put it down!

PS: My dad has found his way on to facebook - he makes me laugh so much!

That's all for now! x

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Play In Photos!

BATTERED EGOS! Went from -

this...

to this!!!!!

I'm now just planning a HUGE party for everyone who helped!!
x

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Wi-Fi

Well, I've just discovered a cute and funky bar down the road from my house that has free wi-fi and leather sofas... why didn't I stumble upon this place sooner?!

I'm just doing a bit of research for my new play, I'm writing it for the youth theatre group at the Salford Arts Theatre. I had written loads of another, but it didn't feel right - then a brand spanking new idea hit me the other day and I've been working on it solidly since. I've got to show Roni at the theatre as much as I've written so far tomorrow and I hope she likes it. I'm really excited by this one, so fingers crossed.

All is good on the Mr Sally front. He definitely is trying to get things right with us this time and he proved he meant the things he said and promised yesterday by making a promise come true. So things are nice.

I'm at my parents tomorrow night, until Saturday - so I'll be able to log on and catch up with all of your blogs!

PS: I've been LBD shopping and have Phillipa's, Julie's and Nell's latest ones - can't wait to read them!

Review

Here is my first 5* Review! I'm chuffed to bits with it, especially as this play was written in such a difficult time for me - I'm thankful to everyone who made me get a grip and write the thing and I'm proud of everyone who worked so hard to make it a success!!


Review of Battered Egos

"Comedy Talent at its best"by Stephen Bailey for remotegoat on 01/08/08

As my guest and I walked into the tiny Salford theatre, I had no idea what to expect from this play brought to us by local talent. The show was brought to us by talented writer Sally Lawton, who wrote and acted in the show.
Sitting down in my seat, I looked around to see how much potential the theatre had and how much it could nurture talent, allow people to grow and succeed in life, so when I discovered that 'Battered Egos' was commissioned for the Royal Court Theatre, Bacup, I knew this the performances were going to be special.
The show started and straight away I was laughing, as it was definitely making use of every northern stereotype. Main character Janet Worthington lost her mum at an early age and growing up with her father, helping him run the 'chippy' never got the chance to dream; that is until she met new chip shop employee Destiny. Destiny spelt trouble as she convinced Janet to spend the deposit (or her fiances deposit) for a flat on getting an 'agent' Carlos. As with many shows it was not that simple, there cannot be a happy ending until there has been some heartache, after trusting her new 'friend' Janet gave her money to Carlos who promised her big things. Carlos or in reality Carl and Destiny ran off with the money, Janet was dumped, and her father accused her of spending all her money on snorting 'cola'.
Fortunately Janet after losing everything held onto something, or as I should say someone very special, Tracey, her outlandish, wacky, colleague who helped her to double cross Carl and get her money back. Later boyfriend Dave proposed and her Dad encouraged her to live her dreams.

Although the storyline was predictable, the humour was not. It was well thought out. Not only was the humour unpredictable but so was the standard of acting, every single person on that stage deserves to go so far in their careers, all keen, enthusiastic and natural. I found myself crying with laughter by the end of the performance with the great comedy that was on stage.

The stars of the night were definitely Sally Lawton, who cannot only write and act but runs her own production company, TSL Productions, a true star and also our heroine of the evening, University of Salford graduate, Kerry Spillane who played Janet. Kerry has the knack for comedy performances and will go far in that niche.
After a long week at work this show is exactly what the doctored ordered and if Salford Arts Theatre can produce more shows like that it will survive. The night was a true success and an enjoyable evening out.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Jam-Packed!

What a week.  Lou's lovely family stayed with us last week, they were up from Ireland for a few days and of course I have my brother Gav staying with us too, so it was a jam packed house.  But full of fun.
I drove us all to Blackpool last Wednesday, and the rain didn't dampen our spirits.  We had so much fun on the rides.  We've had days out shopping and nights out drinking, so it's been tiring   but lovely and I'm looking forward to taking my first visit to Ireland in October to visit them all.

Gav has settled and making progress on the job hunting front.  

That's about it really.  Hopefully going to have another fun-filled week.  Batman tonight, I think!



Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Stars

I did it, I got my first 5* review, which I will post as soon as I can.  I'm so chuffed.  We also got a fab review from the Nothing Chronicle website as well, which again I'll post when I can.

Last night my brother Gav and I went to Chorlton to my favourite bar, the Iguana Bar to watch some stand-up.  It was such a great night and I'm tempted to get back in to stand-up.  I need a bit of a break from things first, but I'm thinking in a couple of months maybe?!

My house is a mad house at the moment.  My housemate Lou has her family over and of course I have Gav staying until he gets himself sorted.  The house is full of life and laughter, which is nice.  The place is never dull.

I'm working on my play for the youth theatre this afternoon and I'm looking forward to putting pen to paper again as it's been a while.

That's about it for now.  I'm very tired and looking forward to a fun afternoon!

Monday, 4 August 2008

BATTERED!

BATTERED EGOS came and went in the blink of an eye.  Roni and Scott at the Salford Arts Theatre helped me so much and I'm so grateful to them.  As well as trusting me with keys so that I could rehearse when I needed to, they also built me a fantastic set and did all of my lights and sound. They are truly wonderful and I hope all of you Manchester-folk reading this blog support their beautiful theatre - they have loads going on - check out their site.
The audience feedback from the play has been really positive and I think we even got a 5* review, which I need to track down!  Lots of people have asked if I'll turn the play in to a musical, maybe one day - but for now I'd like to take it on a mini tour next year!  (Photos coming!)

My brother has moved, finally!  I'm trying to make him feel settled and we're just out shopping at the moment (yes, you've guessed it - we're back in the apple store!)  Tonight I'm taking him to watch some comedy.
The (Ex?) Mr Sally and I are doing OK.  We've just met him for some lunch and he's making a HUGE effort to get things right this time, and he met up with my parents this weekend, the first time since the split - it seemed to go OK, although I wouldn't really know as I was busy being a thespian!! 

I will be back online early next week at the latest.
Got to go - Primark calls for a few household items for my bro and then I've got to get cracking on the play for the Salford Arts Theatre's youth theatre, who are a great bunch of kids and I'm excited to be writing for them.



 
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