Thursday, 30 July 2009

My gym is bad for me...



I went to the gym the other night (I only go swimming). Anyway, the pool - which is usually empty was FULL. There was a swimming lesson going on and just lots of people swimming. At one point I got splash back off a fellow swimmer and ended up snorting chlorine, not good at all.

So I thought, fine - I'll just sit in the jacuzzi and relax and think about my new play etc. So I got in the empty jacuzzi.
Within two minutes a strange guy got in (I am a magnet for these types of people), and anyway, he stared at me then started, well I think he was trying to chat me up...

WEIRDO: Hello.
ME: Hi (Turning away from him).
WEIRDO: Do you come here often? (Yes, he seriously asked me that!)
ME: Kind of.
WEIRDO: Have you been to the other gym on Whitworth street?
ME: No.
WEIRDO: It's good, much better than here.
ME: Right.
WEIRDO: Do you go out much... clubbing?
ME: No.
WEIRDO: Do you have a boyfriend?
ME: Yes, he's just over there. (Pointing to the gym bit, where I wished I was)

There was a pause. The jacuzzi bubbles sprung to life and I had my back to him.
I did have to stop myself laughing at one point because the force of the bubbles blew the chest bit of my swimming costume up, making me look like I had Baywatch boobs! There was so much air in my costume, it looked like my huge boobs were bobbing above the water. I had to put my hand over my costume and push the air out. I was trying not to laugh, becuse what a stupid Sally Lawton situation to be in!

Anyway, after a while he said -
WEIRDO: What do you do for a living?
ME: (A bit huffy at this point) I'm a writer.


WEIRDO: What do you write?
ME: Pardon?
WEIRDO: What do you write? Do you like, write signs or something?

OMG! If someone said to you that they were a writer, would the first thing you thought of be - 'Oh, a sign writer?'

ME: I write plays. (I said all huffy). Excuse me, I'm going for a swim.

Honestly, my gym is like a very bad 18-30s holiday sometimes - it's very amusing to watch, but I do not want to be a part of it.
And that concludes reason number one why having a gym membership is bad for my health!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009


I've just had a lovely afternoon. I took myself out to the Royal Exchange Theatre to catch the matinee performance of EVERYBODY LOVES A WINNER.

The theatre has been transformed in to a bingo hall. We follow a typical day at Manchester's Rex bingo and encounter the lives of the staff and punters and the entire audience gets to play a real game of bingo in the second half for a cash prize of £200. (I didn't win!)

The play was funny, sad, and extremely unique and I loved it. It's on until Saturday.

I've been getting stuck in to writing my new play JUMBLE. I'm really enjoying it and it's coming along. I'm at the end of the first scene, it's rough at the moment, and I'm enjoying getting to know my new characters.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Narky Pants

Oh, I'm in such a narky mood today. I'm over tired, my head is thumping and I feel like I'm going to explode any minute.
I've cleaned the flat from top to bottom and it made me feel worse. I've tried to chill out, but my BlackBerry has been beeping messages and junk emails all afternoon.
On a more positive note, it's lovely to have finally broken up from the day job for the summer. It's nice to finally be able to sit down and do all the things I've been meaning to do for ages and it's so, so nice to have time to write.
Hopefully my head will have cleared by tomorrow and I'll be in a much better mood. I'll be in an even better mood when my day job finally send out my holiday pay.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Seven Days

In the last seven days I've worked at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, I've met some lovely people, burnt my head and nose in the sun, been rained on, got my pink wellies stuck around my legs (they were wet and there was suction!)
I've been to see 4 plays - all part of the fabulous 24:7 Theatre Festival. Got tipsy twice this week, planned to co-write a play with a friend (very excited about that), been to the 24:7 Theatre Festival's 5th Birthday party, got stuck in the doors of the tram (they closed on my body, I couldn't move in or out. I couldn't even phone for help because my right hand and phone was on the inside the tram and my ear was outside!)

Anyway, it all makes for a very exciting, but very tiring week.
I'm looking forward to a lie in tomorrow.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Happy Birthday

It's my brother Gav's 31st Birthday today. Hip Hip Hwrey!

He's gone out to meet some friends and watch some bands. Mr Sally and I are organising a family meal next week when we go to my mum and dads in Wales.
I'm glad he's getting more settled in Manchester - he's had a tough year. Here's to a fabulous 31st year x

Flower Power!

This week I'm working at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.
I worked it last year and it was BOILING hot, I got the best sun tan.
This year, it's poured down. I bought some hot pink wellies yesterday though, I love them.
I'm shattered, absolutely shattered and I'm working until Sunday.
But it's great fun, I've met some fab people and I'm really enjoying it.

Sunday, 19 July 2009


I have a website for my company TSL Productions with info on my writing and plays, but I don't have one for my acting... until now!

Here it is:
Sally's acting website

Hope you like it x

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Play Making

After a couple of weeks of reflection since WIFE OF BRIAN - it's time to get stuck in on my next project and I'm ready to go!

Mr Sally bought be a book which I mentioned in conversation to him a week ago and he went and got it as a surprise - ahh!
Anyway it's this book:
The Crafty Art of Playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn

Anyone writing or directing plays, should read this book. It's full of wonderful advice and handy tips.

My next play is very much in the early planning stages. I started writing it for a group of adults I taught drama to a few years ago and unfortunately it was never completed. I've just read through the scenes and most of it needs to go, it needs to be changed completely - characters, plot etc but the idea is there, the idea has expanded, I'm planning the twists and the journeys at the moment and I'm feeling excited about it - so that's a good start.
It's going to be a slow process this time, not rushed and I'm hoping I've learnt from the last few plays I've done - lots of things need to change.

I'm currently busy trying to turn TSL Productions in to a profitable business - so there's lots to do.

Anyway, just in case you're wondering - the working title of my next play is: JUMBLE

I'll tell you more soon :-)

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

I've Done It...

I've only gone and joined the bloomin' gym.

I quit the gym last year when Mr Sally and I temporarily split up - and anyway, I decided to join again this week as we are absolutely lovely and happy now, he still goes and misses his gym buddy and I miss being his gym buddy and oh yeah - we're thinking of going on a tropical holiday in September - eeek!

Well of course the people at the gym made a HUGE unnecessary fuss about me returning.
I have however decided not to do any of the machine stuff as I HATE it. So I swim whilst Mr Sally pumps iron and goes purple! (I can see him from the pool!) He joins me after about an hour and a half in the pool and we do the sauna and spa thing. I'm also going to go to a weekly salsa aerobics class - I start next Monday.
I joined yesterday and I've been twice already and I'm absolutely shattered.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Festival Fever

Wow - festival fever has hit Manchester - Manchester International Theatre, the spin off fringe festival Not Part Of and then after that it'll be the 24:7 Theatre Festival.

July is my favourite time of the year in Manchester. It's a lovely place to be if you're creative.
My play was part of the fabulous Not Part Of festival and Mr Sally and I have just been to watch a friend's play tonight, also in the Not Part Of festival. It was so funny and very moving, we've had a lovely night out.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Planing Ahead

Ooh, it's been nice getting back to normality today.
Costumes washed, props put away, flat tidied for the first time in weeks.

I've started to think about future writings and things - for the future though I'll be doing things a lot differently. I'm currently trying to get funding so that I can pay actors a wage, I'm trying to get my theatre company a base and all sorts of wonderful things. I'll keep you posted.

Exciting news - Victoria Wood is going to be directing her first every play TALENT for the Menier Chocolate Factory. It's my favourite play, Victoria Wood is the reason I got in to writing and performing comedy, someone even said after my play this week that I reminded them of a young Victoria Wood - HUGE compliment to me, maybe not so much to her! I NEED to audition, I just have no idea how - I would not only love to be in TALENT, I'd give my left and right arm to work with her.

** If anyone hears about casting or auditons, please tell me! **

Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Weeks and weeks of rehearsals, chaos, tears, tantrums, team work... and now it's over :-(

Last night's final performance was brilliant. The audience were wonderful, the cast were on form and we all enjoyed ourselves.

We've had great feedback - lots of people are saying it's my best play yet - which is always great to hear.

I just feel a bit flat now, now it's all over. But actually, it's quite nice because I've been so involved with the play, I've not been able to write properly for a bit. So I'm really excited to get my pen and pad out tomorrow and meet some new characters!

This is a picture of me on set (taken by Paul Newbery), I look nervous here. I remember this pic being taken and I was sat on set for the first time, looking out to an empty auditorium, thinking 'It all feels a bit real now.'
I stupidly didn't take any photos of us dressed in characer and I'm so annoyed about this. I had a fab 80s perm wig and everyone else looked fab.

I'm going to rewrite bits of the play and hopefully do it bigger and better next time. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

We Did It!

WIFE OF BRIAN opened last night and oh my goodness, what a week it's been.
There have been tears, tantrums - you name it, I've had to deal with it. There was a moment on the weekend where I actually couldn't believe we were so close to opening and just couldn't see it happening.


The good news is, we pulled together on the eleventh hour and worked our socks off to be ready for last night.
The set is brilliant, the staff at the theatre are absolutely fantastic and made everything so lovely and easy for us.

And the audience really seemed to love it. I've had some fab feedback so far and I'm really relieved.
Mr Sally handed me a 'mag bag' from Paperchase after the show and inside it was filled full of Alan Bennett plays - what a lovely gift.

We've got to do it all again tonight and I can't wait to get to the theatre, honestly I can't :)

I shall post pics and more stuff later this week when my life slowly starts to get back to normal.

Thanks for your support, really appreciate it.
Ooh, for pics and things you can go to the website here.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Flippin' Heck!

We're on count down to opening night.
Yesterday was a VERY frustrating day - where I felt like cancelling the whole thing. But of course, I'd never cancel and the show must go on!

Today is a brand new day, I'm up EARLY getting things sorted and meeting the cast tonight.
I'm putting my frustrations in to yesterday, it's not productive to carry them through in to today. Everything is a learning curve and definitely next time (I'm going to do this again?!) I'd do things differently!

So there we go, so much to do, so little time - but we'll get there.
I'll keep you posted x
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