£255 prize money to be won in Cranked Anvil’s latest writing competition

There's no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we've seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even at Cranked Anvil HQ - the media company I run - we've finally been … Continue reading £255 prize money to be won in Cranked Anvil’s latest writing competition

Rehearsals for my Cookson adaptation begin today

Five years ago I was commissioned to write the stage adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path. It had the full backing of the Cookson Estate, and played at the Customs House theatre in South Shields – birthplace of the author and the setting for many of her novels. Last year it received a revival … Continue reading Rehearsals for my Cookson adaptation begin today

TV’s Nick Cochrane walks the Cinder Path

Pre-production for my play, The Cinder Path, is now well under way, with rehearsals starting in just over a week. The full cast has now been announced. As well as yours truly taking a few small roles, the production boasts appearances from a wide array of top North East talent; actors include Vanessa Karon, Leah … Continue reading TV’s Nick Cochrane walks the Cinder Path

An EGG-cellent writing commission for Easter

The year has been bubbling away gently so far, but now, I'm pleased to say, things are starting to pick up with pace. Last month I reported that my adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path is being revived, with producer Leah Bell staging a huge touring production this May and June. That's ticking along … Continue reading An EGG-cellent writing commission for Easter

Another walk down the Cinder Path

Some very exciting news to kick of 2019. Three years ago I wrote the adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path, which played at the Customs House theatre in South Shields. I'm pleased to announce that this year it will see a revival, in a much bigger production and touring various venues in the North … Continue reading Another walk down the Cinder Path

Writing for the BBC at Xmas – and featuring in the Radio Times!

A couple of months ago, you might remember, I reported that a lot of my writing this year has been for BBC Radio Newcastle's sketch comedy show Grin Up North. In the same article (which you can read here) I mentioned that I also performed in the show, and that we'd recorded a whole episode … Continue reading Writing for the BBC at Xmas – and featuring in the Radio Times!

Writing success for Glenda Young

One of the many things I love about being a writer - in particular about being part of a community of writers - is that (unlike some other industries I've worked in) we're generally all a pretty nice, decent, supportive bunch. In other parts of my professional life, where jealousy, rivalry and bitter resentment abound, … Continue reading Writing success for Glenda Young

Blackadder Goes Forth – REVIEW

People's Theatre, Newcastle There can’t be many of us who aren’t familiar with this iconic BBC series, and this week The People’s give a pretty good rendition of four of the episodes. They’ve gone for impressions – rather than impersonations – of Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Fry & Laurie, et al, and the decision to … Continue reading Blackadder Goes Forth – REVIEW

Sense and Sensibility – REVIEW

The Customs House, South Shields. Chapterhouse Theatre Company's latest production is this classic Jane Austen novel, adapted for the stage by resident writer Laura Turner. This charming adaptation is a testament to her love of Austen's work, and she has produced a faithful yet concise play. Central to the story, and its themes, are the … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility – REVIEW