Finishing touches and final licks of paint are being applied to the all new website for my play Now is the Hour. This is a site aimed at professional, amateur and student theatre companies, so they can find out a little more about the play, download the script, and hopefully make plans to put on a production of their own, following the great success we had at the Maddermarket last year. If you’re interested, please get in touch via email@example.com.
I noticed this up on SoundCloud today. I think our producer is just using it to send the music over from Farnham, Surrey to Norwich, where the play is taking shape I expect. (I’m out of the loop, but never mind.) Still, if you’re interested, here is all the incidental music to the play Now Is The Hour, soon to be arriving at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from 19th – 28th September.
The original tracks are by Spesh Maloney, with a few in there by George Lewis and Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.
Lots of stuff is happening this year, me-wise, so I thought an update here was well overdue.
The highlights at the moment are:
3rd August, 2pm, Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone – The first public rehearsed reading of my play North of the Sunset will take place, with Julian Joseph playing the part of Thelonious Monk, both acting and playing piano. Send me an email if you’d like to come to this one.
19th–28th September, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich – The new full-length version of Now Is The Hour is getting a two-week run at the Maddermarket in Norwich. To be directed by Stu Dennison, if he makes it back from Istanbul.
TBA, TBA – We have recruited a director for Horses in the Rain and will be agressively pitching it to theatres very soon. Watch this space…
I had an idea yesterday that goes like this: get a designer to create a set, giving them more or less free rein. Install it somewhere and then commission writers to come along and view it, then create plays that would use the set, and put them on as a short festival. They could end up being incredibly diverse. As well as being an interesting artistic exercise – I personally love having this sort of arbitrary creative stimulus – it’s also very economical: the productions save a whole lot of money on design, construction, get-in/get-out etc. Anyone think it’s an idea worth pursuing? Or know if this has been tried anywhere before?
Here’s a short video from the 2009 production at Riverside Studios of Misterioso, on which I did some work. The words at the start – Cleveland Watkiss playing Thelonious Monk – are those of Stefano Benni, translated from the Italian by the show’s director Filomena Campus. The words at the end are (mostly) mine – Tamsin Shasha playing Nica de Koenigswarter – adapted and extended from Filomena’s original text.
Yesterday we had a workshop to run through a new script that I’ve been working on for the best part of a year. It called Horses in the Rain after a song by Django Bates and Sidsel Endresen (on YouTube here), a title that represents loneliness and the search for inner strength, which is kind of what the play is about, but not quite so exactly. It’s about two friends who drift apart but keep clinging on for one reason or another – and in that respect it may be a more universal theme than I first realised. Everyone afterwards had a story about a friendship in their lives that somehow paralleled the story.
Pictured are Beth Munro, directing, and Angela Koo and Emma Perry acting.