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.

(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!  

Schlaf Nicht

Over the summer, I enjoyed writing SCHLAF NICHT, a short film for LAMDA drama students graduating in 2018.  

1961: Dissident journalist and academic Andreas has returned to Berlin after a stretch in the GDR’s Waldheim Prison.  In a jazz cellar in the Soviet Zone, he awaits a reunion with old friends.  But this is the night of 12/13 August – and the world is about to change…

Directed by LAMDA's Head of Screen and Audio, Anthony Quinn, the film will be screened in London in March 2018 and thereafter available on LAMDA's YouTube channel.  More details nearer the time.

Meanwhile, here's a sneak preview of some stills...

Monday, 5 June 2017

Reaction to The Things We Never Said, BBC Radio 4

The play, starring Lia Williams and Siân Phillips, aired in the Afternoon Drama slot on BBC Radio 4, Thursday, 11 May 2017. 

Audience reaction has been phenomenal on social media and via my other blog.

Thanks so much to all who listened and got in touch.  

It's available on BBCiPlayer until lunchtime on Saturday, 10 June.  

If you missed it, read the feedback on Storify.

The play is also featured in the 26 May 2017 podcast of BBC Radio 4's Fortunately (@ 10' 33").