Edinburgh Stories

I’m not a critic, but I wanted to get my thoughts down on ‘paper’ about the fine work I’ve seen in the past few days. I came up to Edinburgh for the festival to see some venues, look at potential producing opportunities and storytelling collaborations. I found all that an more. I saw ten shows, and of those I enjoyed …

Soundtrack Storytelling

There’s something magical about musical stories. As a composer and writer of music theatre I may be biased. One of the many things I love about music theatre are the recordings. Of course you can’t beat the live experience of the performance, but there has always been something about the cast recording of a show that has captivated me. As …

Great Adaptations (I Expect…)

WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS about season 5 of Game of Thrones  Adaptation from one medium into another is an interesting thing. This week I’ve seen a number of examples where works have been adapted from existing material, with a varying degree of success. First off, although only one episode in, its clear that Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell could …

The Week That Was

I think I’m finally recovered. Last week was one of the most rewarding of my career. The workshop and development performances of Richard the First were better than I could have imagined. The cast and creative team worked hard and the results spoke for themselves. I’m so proud to have been a part of the process. I learnt so much. …

My First Richard (sort of…)

From Saturday I am about to undertake a fantastic week long piece of personal development and I’m beyond excited! I have a stack of plays under various beds in our flat. Boxes full to overflowing with drafts of work that I’ve written over the last 40 years. I was a precocious 4 year old – I wrote plays even then (this …