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
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!
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
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
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
Royalty Theatre, Sunderland. This month's offering from the Royalty Theatre is a dark comedy by Eric Chappell, who most people will know as the writer of sit-coms such as Rising Damp, Only When I Laugh, and Duty Free. This play is very reminiscent of such sit-coms: a collection of disparate characters thrown together in an … Continue reading Natural Causes – REVIEW
If you follow my website, you'll have received close to three dozen emails from me today. I apologise sincerely, and hopefully that will be the last of the storm! The reason for the flurry is I have spent most of today updating the site. The majority of this has been to add my 'back catalogue' … Continue reading Updated website… with apologies to my subscribers!
We always said the booze would kill him. It was the family joke: at every wedding or christening or funeral he’d be propping up the bar, and we’d all say, “God, what must your liver look like?” and pat him on the back, and laugh, and he’d laugh, and cough, and take a long drag … Continue reading Alfie
People's Theatre, Newcastle. The Blue Electric Wind is a new piece of writing, by ex-Royal Court Young Writer Brad Birch, commissioned by the National Theatre’s literary department specifically for young performers. It is, as would be expected, a great script with some interesting and complex ideas, and the cast of the Young People’s Theatre do … Continue reading The Blue Electric Wind – 4 stars
People's Theatre, Newcastle. Hugh Whitemore’s play about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing - key player in the breaking of the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II and a pioneer of computer science – was first presented at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1986, before transferring to Broadway the following year. It … Continue reading Breaking the Code – 5 stars