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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Tonight...

I have been dragged around the stage by my ankles, laughed lots, forgot lines, remembered lines, laughed lots (did I already mention that?) and all because it's almost PANTO TIME!!

Get your tickets quick, they're selling quicker than Cooks Christmas puddings!

Christmas Cat and the Pudding Pirates
Salford Arts Theatre
December 8th-22nd

Tickets £5 Concs £4
More info: www.salfordartstheatre.co.uk
Email: info@salfordartstheatre.co.uk

I'm playing a washed up, northern mermaid. She's brilliant fun. In fact all the characters are brilliant and the show is going to be super-duper!!

So come along and join in the Christmas magic.

New Blogs

Check out this fab new blog, from a fellow writer friend of mine, Rik O'Neill.
He's just getting started on the whole blog thing, but I think his blog is already pretty fab.

Stop by and say hi if you get the chance.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

What on Earth...

I've just got back from a lovely relaxing weekend. I've had a fab, yet tiring day of rehearsals. I've just finished a well deserved beer and I'm just about to go to bed as a long day is ahead of me tomorrow, when...

LOUD THUMPING MUSIC has just started playing from the flat below. It's 11:34pm - that's got to be the most disrespectful thing. Honestly, do people only think of themselves these days or am I just getting old and boring, but -

IT'S SUNDAY NIGHT
ALMOST MIDNIGHT

I don't want to go and complain, because these days, it's not safe to really knock on and say TURN THAT SH**T OFF!

Now, where's my neighbourhood watch leaflet?

Friday, 21 November 2008

See You Soon!

I'm off to the seaside for the weekend, I'll try and blog when I can!





Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Wanting it all







Do or should us writers just want to write for one particular genre or is it OK to want to write for anything possible?
For me, I love writing and I want to make my words in to so much.

I want to write more theatre plays, I want to write more for kids, I want to write a film and I want to write for TV and not forgetting seeing my book in print.
Am I absolutely crazy wanting to do everything, and what makes me so sure I can do all of these things?
The only thing I have is my love for words and my love for entertaining. I'm working solidly on my writing, every spare second I get. I'm nowhere near where I want to be in my career, but I am progressing forward... baby steps, sometimes leaps - but always forwards.
That reminds me, must go - got a synopsis I need to complete and the first ten pages of my TV comedy to rewrite and send off...
Ah, life is never dull.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Welcome to the world

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my cousin Dane and his lovely lady Laura on the birth of baby Noah Lawton. He arrived today and I can't wait to meet him.

Time for an upgrade...

Mr Sally has just ordered my new BlackBerry. It's time for an upgrade and although I liked the Pearl, I'm itching for something new! I wanted the Bold, but we have to pay for it and I can get the Curve for free and so I've gone with that!
It should be arriving tomorrow and I'm so excited.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Lines... Lines...

Those are the words that have been drummed in to us all week at rehearsals and yesterday I finally put my script down and had a go at my scene without it... and I managed to get through it.
It's been a long week of rehearsals, it's been fun but very, very tiring at the same time. I'm trying to take care of myself as I don't want to be ill over Christmas, so I'm trying to eat the right things.

Speaking of eating the right things, I've just spent almost a weeks wage in Salisbury's! Good job Gav was paying this time!! There's something lovely about looking at a full fridge though.

I'm itching, itching to do some writing. I've had it on hold whilst I've been ill, then youth theatre play, then a week of work and rehearsals, but I'm going to get stuck in tonight and I can't bloomin wait... just a shame the day job looms tomorrow.
And don't even mention Christmas... I haven't even thought about it... eeek!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Proud

Look at these production shots of CAMP 360 and yes, it was as fab as it looks!! I'm still so proud.



What's my name? What day is it?

Oh my God, guys - is it Friday yet?

From Sunday, this has been my week.

Work until 4pm. Then rush home, grab bag, rush to the theatre for 5:30pm and rehearse until 10ish.
ALL WEEK!

I'm so tired.

But, I have to say that rehearsals for the Christmas show have been so much fun so far. All we've done is laugh and I mean belly laugh. We have loads to do and I'm still relying on my script and hope to be off book by Saturday, hopefully!
We have Sunday off, and I actually can't wait. I need to catch up on my writing projects... I need a lie in and oh, yes my car died last week - but Mr Sally is letting me drive his posh car, which is BRILLIANT, I LOVE IT! Every cloud and all that...

Anyway, I'm rambling and should go to bed.

Night night x

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Camp 360


It's the last night of my new play CAMP 360 tonight. I've been in the audience, front row every night and I'll be there again tonight.
It's the first play I've written that I've handed over to someone else to produce and apart from sitting in on one rehearsal, I've had nothing to do with the process and it's been very strange.
Roni and Scott at the Salford Arts Theatre have worked wonders with the kids from their youth theatre and I have to say as I sat there on opening night I was quite nervous, but there was no need as the play was BRILLIANT, even if I do say so myself!

I've deliberately not looked at the script since I handed it over in August, so on opening night I was sat there thinking of what bit came next, then couldn't really remember... so it was nice to sit and let the play unfold and enjoy with the rest of the audience.

There is one really powerful scene in the play, where one of the boys comes out as gay and he's so angry and upset because he doesn't want to be. I wrote it so that he'd flicker through a whole heap of different emotions in the space of a few minutes. I was a bit worried at how a young actor would cope with it, but Oh My God, he was AMAZING. I had goose pimples watching the scene unfold and I almost shed a tear! I clapped so hard at the end of the scene and so did the rest of the audience, he was fab as was the other lad playing along side him.

Anyway, in conclusion - writing this play has definitely been a very rewarding process. I don't think there are enough good plays for teenagers, plays where they get to play characters they can relate to and although it was my first go at writing for a group of teenagers, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, new ideas are swirling around my head as I type this!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The List

It seems I have slept through so much this week.
Things that have happened whilst I have been ill in bed.

- Two of my friends became fathers. One baby boy and one baby girl.
-Gavin FINALLY got himself a very well paid, full time job.
-Obama is now the President of the USA.
- Fireworks lit up the sky on bonfire night.

Quite a lot in four days! I'm feeling much better, although I still have a cough.

Nothing is keeping me in tonight though. It's the opening night of my play CAMP 360. Blueberry Youth Theatre will be performing it tonight at the Salford Arts Theatre. I'm really quite nervous about watching it. This is the first time I've sat in the audience and watched one of my plays as I'm usually in them! It'll do me good though and I'm sure the kids will pull it off. So good luck to them and I'll report back tomorrow!

Monday, 3 November 2008

Dizzy... My Head Is Spinning!

Oh my goodness, I'm so poorly. Sick, sick, sick.
I've got some kind of a horrible bug, I've got a horrible cough and I feel dizzy and sick.
Part of me feels a bit exhausted and I think I've been doing far too much lately and not stopping for a day of rest.

Last night 7-10pm, we had our very first Christmas show rehearsal. I felt so ill yesterday that I didn't move from under my duvet all day. Mr Sally begged me not to go to the rehearsal as I looked so pale, but I had to. There's no way I could miss the first rehearsal, plus I'm working with a new director and wanted to make a good first impression... except, after last night I have no idea what his impression is of me.
I stayed very quiet throughout whilst other scenes were taking place. I hoped I wasn't sat looking miserable, when actually I was sat trying to ignore the sick feeling I had coming and going in waves.

The rehearsal ran over and I got colder and colder. Then half way through my scene the room started spinning, I tried to ignore it, but it's not really something you can ignore, then I went really hot as if I was about to be sick.
'I'm sorry, I've gone really dizzy and I think I'm going to be sick.' I said and ran to the toilet, where I sat down, shaking. It was such a horrible feeling.
I wasn't sick, thankfully, but desperately wanted to go home and get in to bed. By the time I did get home I was in floods of tears because I felt so ill.

I feel terrible of the impression I must have left from my first rehearsal, I hope the director doesn't think I was just being 'difficult,' and I'm sure once we get on with rehearsals, he'll realise that I am very professional and hard working, I was just really, really sick!

I've been off work today, stayed in bed, switched my mobile off and read a book! Mr Sally finished work early and arrived home with magazines, lucozade, chocolates not to mention the flowers and pile of magazines he got me yesterday! I'm feeling better for the rest and even had a bubble bath in the afternoon (that felt very naughty - who has a bubble bath in the afternoon!)

I definitely need to start taking care of myself, I don't take vitamins, which is something I think I need to start doing. In four weeks I'll be doing two Christmas shows a day for two weeks and there will be no room for sickness!
Hope everyone else is feeling well.
 
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