Busy Times Ahead

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A lot has happened since my last blog, so I want to get an update done now before a load more happens and I end up writing a dissertation length bore.

Spook ManorFirstly, I’m very pleased to report that I now have the main cast for mine and Nicola Radin’s upcoming Halloween comedy-thriller ‘Spook Manor’. More excitingly, we’ve started rehearsals and it’s all looking great! It’s been over 18 months since I started writing Spook Manor, so it’s really interesting to see such great Actors breathing life into the characters. After a great round of auditions, I have actually cast six roles for the October show. So far, I have only released the names of the three leads: Gillian Barge (‘Lady Hawke’), Haydn Holden (‘Drake’) and Hazel Mrozek (‘Rose Cryer’). We’re only rehearsing a single scene for the Showcase Evening and I’m hoping it goes down well and we get some (more) good interest and feedback to boost the full October production. We have some further great Actors taking roles in the full show and I am so looking forward to working with them all. So far rehearsals have been extremely enjoyable and, once again, I think I’ve hit on a brilliant cast who get on really well – the next few months should be a lot of fun for everyone. I am now looking for sponsors (both individual and business) for the show. We have just managed to secure our first business sponsor ‘Lets Find You‘ and already have some individuals who have kindly sponsored us. For sponsorship information, check the bottom of the Spook Manor page :)

On top of making plans for October, I am also organising our very first Writers Showcase Evening which goes on this coming Thursday at The Houldsworth in Manchester. All three plays have been chosen, cast and are now well into rehearsals. We had two audition days and we saw some brilliant Actors! As I have been so busy recently, I haven’t yet been able to see too much of what the Directors (Chloe Lang and Alastair Zyggu) have done with their cast and the scripts, so I am looking forward to sitting in on their rehearsals this week to seeing them all in action. Although both are comedy-dramas, the two external pieces are very different and each Director has a completely different approach. We have some great Guests coming along on Thursday and it will be interesting to hear their opinions and discover which of the two external shows (‘Somebody, Somewhere‘, by Lee Thompson, and ‘Vain Zarathustra‘, by Mark Reid) the audience choose as their favourite for production next year.

Ideas for ‘Jack’s Giants‘, my first children’s theatre production, are starting to move along and I’m now looking at possible venues. Also, I’m soon to start planning the production of a TV pilot based on my ‘Love Shy Neighbour‘ script, which incidentally may be getting it’s first external production up in Preston very soon – I can’t wait to see someone else’s interpretation of the play. Then to top it all off, I have just been approached to Direct a one-man comedy play – I am obviously very flattered and it should be a very interesting experience. And after that … no, I do need to stop. After that I have my ‘In My Day‘ tour to Direct and we will be producing the winning show from the showcase. It’s all going on, eh. Busy times ahead …

I think I’m out of secrets now, so until next time …

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