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

Sunderland’s SAFC Museum opening

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

Filmed by the BBC

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

Welcome to Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour!

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!

The Cinder Path performance workshop in South Shields

Sunday 19 April 2015 After many weeks of writing, and meetings with director and producer Jackie Fielding and Gareth Hunter, today we presented a script-in-hand workshop of the latest draft of The Cinder Path. An invited audience came to the Seafarers Mission building, on the South Shields docks, to see eight actors (including myself) bring … Continue reading The Cinder Path performance workshop in South Shields

Vote for us in the Journal Culture Awards 2014

Fri 20th Feb 2015 Hello! First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who nominated 'I Left My Heart In Roker Park' for the Sunderland Echo Awards earlier this year. We're pleased to say that we have been shortlisted for Performance of the Year, and will be attending … Continue reading Vote for us in the Journal Culture Awards 2014

Best Show/Performance – WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!

Thur 15 Jan 2015 After the news earlier this week that my production of 'I Left My Heart In Roker Park' was named Best Revival of 2014 by the British Theatre Guide's North East editor Peter Lathan, I'm pleased to see that the Sunderland Echo is holding its What's On Where awards again this year. … Continue reading Best Show/Performance – WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!

Final Roker Park date added after sell-out tour

  Wednesday 8 Oct 2014 The recent tour of I Left My Heart In Roker Park was an incredible, resounding, unexpected success! With runaway ticket sales, and fantastic feedback and responses from all the audiences. From an original line-up of 5 performances, we eventually increased to 10 as the 'house full' signs continued to be … Continue reading Final Roker Park date added after sell-out tour

Momentum keeps on rolling – helped by the BBC!

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 With just over 2 weeks to go before 'I Left My Heart n Roker Park' opens, Tom Kelly and I are now deep into rehearsals. The show is starting to take shape, and we're both looking forward to, and excited about, it opening. And the great news is that it's proving … Continue reading Momentum keeps on rolling – helped by the BBC!

Script-in-Hand playreading

There's a slight hiatus in the Dracula rehearsals at the moment, which means I can focus a bit on the project I'm involved in next week. It's the second in a series of script-in-hand playreadings, put together by Arts In Touch, taking place at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  I was involved briefly in the … Continue reading Script-in-Hand playreading