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
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
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
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!!
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
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!