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!

Updated website… with apologies to my subscribers!

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!

Work starts on brand new script for September production

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

Shakespeare adaptations win in North East Theatre awards

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