Monday, 19 March 2018

Schlaf Nicht Première at Curzon Soho

Schlaf Nicht screens at Curzon Soho on Thursday, 22 March 2018, as part of LAMDA Film Premiéres - four professionally written and directed short films, showcasing LAMDA FdA students graduating this year.

It's directed by A.J. Quinn, with cast Lili Miller, Shelby Flannery, Andrew Laithwaite, Joseph Whitworth, and Lion-Russell Baumann.  

Watch the trailer and the full (18') film on YouTube.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Three: West Yorkshire Playhouse

Enjoyed working with West Yorkshire Playhouse on Three, a trilogy of short plays co-created with people living with dementia, for Every Third Minute, a Festival of Theatre, Dementia and Hope.

My play, 'Hamari Yaadain (Our Memories)' was co-created with members of the Touchstone Hamari Yaadain Memory Café in Harehills - a group providing support for people living with dementia and carers from South Asian communities in Leeds.

The cast for all three plays is Susan Cookson (BBC Casualty), Jem Dobbs, Manish Gandhi, and Balvinder Sopal (Call the Midwife). Directed by Alex Ferris, Three includes live music from singer-songwriter Fran Wyburn, and is stage managed by Leann Young; it premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 9 March and will tour care homes and community venues in Leeds until 24 March 2018. 

The producer is Martha Rose Wilson, and the tour is co-ordinated by Maggie De Ruyck. The Every Third Minute Festival was curated by Nicky Taylor and a panel of people at West Yorkshire Playhouse living with dementia. 

Hamari Yaadain (Our Memories)
 Cast (L to R): Susan Cookson, Manish Gandhi, Balvinder Sopal, Jem Dobbs
Photo: West Yorkshire Playhouse 
Members of the Hamari Yaadain Memory Café

Before the show...
... and after, me with two of the Hamari Yaadain ladies

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Riot Girls: Male Order

Riot Girls: Male Order goes out on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, and will be available on iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

Part of Radio 4's Riot Girls season, exploring transgressive behaviour by women, it's a comedy drama with cast including Belinda Lang (2 Point 4 Children, Second Thoughts), Lino Facioli (Game of Thrones), and Carolyn Pickles (Broadchurch, Vera).

59-year-old dentist Barbara (Belinda Lang) has been arrested; the victim of her alleged crime is 20-year-old Brazilian waiter, Fabio (Lino Facioli) – her new husband… 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Things We Never Said Wins Best Radio Drama, WGGB Awards 2018

Thrilled that my first play for BBC Radio 4 won Best Radio Drama at the Writers' Guild Awards 2018.

Starring Lia Williams and Siân Phillips, it was produced and directed by Abigail Le Fleming, and went out on 11 May 2017.

There's a clip and discussion between Jane Garvey and Fi Glover on BBC Radio 4's Fortunately podcast (@ 10' 33"); and I wrote this blog about the background.

The script is available to read and download (subject to copyright) at BBCWritersroom Script Library.

(Photo: Matt Writtle)
Photo: Matt Writtle
With award presenter, Nicholas McInerny (left)
(Photo: Matt Writtle)
With agent, Diana Tyler (right)
(Photo: Matt Writtle)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Riot Girls: Male Order - Recording

Had a fab couple of days recording my new play for BBC Radio 4, Riot Girls: Male Order. 

Part of Radio 4's Riot Girls season, exploring female stories of transgressive behaviour, it's a comedy drama about Bristol dentist Barbara Manners (Belinda Lang), who returns from holiday in Brazil with a new husband in tow - 20-year-old waiter, Fabio...

Cast also features Carolyn Pickles (Harry Potter, Broadchurch, Vera) and Lino Facioli (Game of Thrones).  The play is produced and directed by Emma Harding, and goes out on 20 February 2018.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Writers' Guild Award Nomination

Delighted that my BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama, The Things We Never Said, has been short-listed for Best Radio Drama in the Writers' Guild Awards 2018.

The ceremony takes place on 15 January 2018...

Every Third Minute

Excited to be working with West Yorkshire Playhouse on a short play for Every Third Minute, a festival of theatre, dementia, and hope that will comprise a variety of performances and events at the Playhouse during February and March 2018.

The title refers to the statistic that every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with dementia.  The project I'm working on (not yet listed in the schedule) is one of a trilogy of short plays to be written with people living with dementia and carers in the Leeds area.  My collaborators, on whose stories, thoughts, and experiences the play will be based, are members of the South Asian Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café, run by Touchstone support worker Ripaljeet Kaur.  

The trilogy will be performed at the Playhouse during the festival, followed by a short tour of community venues in and around Leeds.  The Playhouse has a long and proud history of community engagement with older people and those living with dementia, in particular pioneering a guide for dementia-friendly performances - the principles of which have now been adopted by numerous other organisations.

The festival is curated by Theatre & Dementia Research Associate, Nicky Taylor, with the creative process forming part of her PhD research work.  The plays themselves will be directed by Creative Engagement Director, Alex Ferris, produced by Martha Wilson.

I'll post more details in spring 2018.  Looking forward to our development week in January!