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
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
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
I've been wearing quite a few of my many different hats recently (actor / writer / producer / artistic director / etc), which has been fun and exciting, if not a little bit exhausting. Last night I got to don the writer/performer hat, as the Grin Up North team performed our second live sketch show … Continue reading Coming next on the BBC…
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
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!
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!
Most of my writing recently has been for the BBC. I've been working on a new weekly sketch comedy show, called Grin Up North, which goes out on BBC Radios Newcastle and Tees, hosted by the brilliant stand-up comedian Steffen Peddie. The show has a small team of writers and performers - I do both … Continue reading Writing sketch comedy for the BBC
Thursday 19 January 2017 After a non-stop 5 months working as an actor in Seriously Dead and Jack and the Beanstalk, I'm now putting on my writer's hat again. Today I had a meeting with Jeff Brown from BBC's Look North, who has written a one-act one-man play, Cornered, about an ex-Sunderland AFC player (based on … Continue reading Work starts on brand new script for September production