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!
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
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
July 2016 This has been a very busy year so far, with three adaptations of Shakespeare plays under my belt. (Plus directing and performing in them too.) Romeo + Juliet, Hamlet, and Henry V all received excellent reviews and superb audience feedback. The icing on the cake has been that my production of Romeo + … Continue reading Shakespeare adaptations win in North East Theatre awards
Thursday 17 March 2016 I was approached recently by Michael Ganley, lifelong Sunderland AFC fan and owner of the Sunderland Fans Museum, to write a piece and perform it at tonight's official opening of his new space in the city's library. SAFC Fans Museum is a private collection that Michael has ammased over the years … Continue reading Sunderland’s SAFC Museum opening