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
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
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
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
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!!
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!