So it’s been eight months since I posted anything on my reading habits. Well, there’s no time like the present. Here it is: ——————————————- That Face – Polly Stenham The Effect – Lucy Prebble (Read. Love this writer and the subject matter is in line with one of my many interests: Psychology and the Brain. Amazing play.) The New Electric Ballroom – Enda Walsh The Nether – Jennifer Haley Girls Like That – Evan Placey An Intervention – Mike Bartlett Constellations – Nick Payne The One – Vicky Jones Always the Bridesmaid – Lindsey Kelk (This book has been on my self for weeks. I don’t know how I’ve contained myself! Love
I seem to be in one of those moods where all I can do is relate everything I see back to Neil Gaiman. So I’m going to stop resisting for the moment and write my third post in the history of this site on Neil Gaiman and his amazing commencement speech. When things get though, this is what you should do, make good art. When you start out in career in the Arts, you don’t know what you’re doing. This is great. People who know what they’re doing know the rules, and they know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not and you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in
Back in April, I started a three week internship for Boomerang, a production company based in Gloworks in Cardiff Bay. I worked there for three days a week and waitressed and studied around the full days. It was an amazing experience and I will most likely always be grateful to Stapes for putting me in contact with Wil Edwards, head of production. The placement afforded me with a great look into the post-production process. It opened my eyes to the varied roles and demands of non-fiction TV. I spent three weeks working on post production transcripts for series one of Posh Pawnbrokers, a daytime spin-off of Posh Pawn, which is currently airing on Channel 4. For the first time since finishing
Working in a partnership as much as I do, Rhia and I find that “casting” our characters early on helps us both keep track of the image in each others minds. Sometimes we might have completely conflicting ideas and need to talk it out. Other times, Rhia, being far more artistic than I, will have an image so clear in her mind that words will fail her…so she’ll search for an actor or actors that match or closely match the image. We started out pasting head shots into a Google Doc that we both could access from anywhere in the world. It was particularly useful tool while I lived in France as we developed 31-10. However, the documents
My last post on Gregynog was a little short to say the least. The trip felt far too brief and I could have happily spent another two to three days at Gregynog Hall, even with the lack of signal and the terrible internet. Gregynog Hall is a Grade One country mansion in Mid Wales, near Newtown. It was rebuilt in the 1840s and was eventually gifted to the University of Wales in the 1960. It was the PERFECT place to write my new supernatural drama…only I have deadlines that needed to take priority. We arrived expecting to share rooms and were pleasantly surprised to find out that that wasn’t going to be necessary. Of course, the shock increased ten-fold when we unlocked our
Unfortunately, the scriptwriting weekend has almost come to an end. I think I could happily spend a week in Gregynog Hall near Newtown. There’s zero phone signal so it’s a strange experience but finding inspiration or motivation to write is incredible because of the scenery and the beauty of this old (possibly haunted) house.
Back in February, I won a brief with Ideastap to attend a playwriting workshop led by Jack Lowe on behalf of HighTide Festival Theatre, a “powerhouse of new writing” according to The Observer. There were six workshops across the UK between December and February. Twenty-five writers were chosen to attend on of the 12 workshops. Out of those three hundred writers, twenty-five would be chosen, based on their samples, to attend an intensive bootcamp led by director Will Wrightson and Steven Atkinson, HighTide’s Artistic Director.
With the adaptation treatment for ‘Amfia’ finished at last, I’m feeling a little lost – I have spent the last month and a half focusing all of my attention on Amfia, Maura and the society beneath the sea. I’ve spent most of the day trying to start my short script but have ended up only thinking about doing it while I re-watch Once Upon A Time. I’m trying not to think of it as procrastination and more a well deserved break.
Back in December, Rob Gittins – writer of EastEnders and Stella to name but a few – spent a day talking to us about his experiences, offering advise to develop our careers and writing. Rob agreed to read 31-10 and provide feedback before I send it off to the Ustinov Award in a couple of months time. Having since received his wonderful approval and feedback, I think it’s time I share my interesting but limited notes from the session.
I’ve had an extremely busy start to the year….and it’s only just turned February! In just one month and eleven days, there have been assignments to hand in, workshops, masterclasses, some serious problem solving and a lot of script development. My head hurts just thinking about it. Thankfully, with all academic aspects of the course out of the way, I can dedicate my time to the important side….the creative.