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
Thursday 17 March 2016 I'm currently adapting 3 Shakespeare scripts which we're producing this year with Cranked Anvil, as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations. The first of our productions is Romeo and Juliet, and today I was interviewed by Dawn Thewlis, for BBC Look North and Radio Newcastle, to talk about my adaptation. It's gained … Continue reading Filmed by the BBC
Tuesday 28 July 2015 I've been writing and performing sketch comedy on stage for as long as I can remember - professionally since 2010 when I founded sketch comedy group Don't Trust Salmon. Today saw a new medium for my sketches, as the first radio edition of Paul & Nessa's Happy Hour was broadcast live … Continue reading Welcome to Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour!