Britons got talent

Made a breakthrough today with the rewriting, largely because some friends cancelled meeting for lunch. That meant I had to stop avoiding my avoidance mode. Suddenly I was forced to use my free time effectively and start looking at all the feedback on the first draft of Martini Bond. (more…)

March 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Putting the hard graft into a draft

A fellow fiction writer has told me that they are on their fourth draft of their thriller. And that they were reminded by a writing tutor that when they send it to an agent, that’s the agent’s first draft … The agent is likely to want more edits. And when they send it on to a publishing house, that’s the publisher’s first draft … and so the hard work goes on. (more…)

March 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour. 1 comment.

Veni, Vidi, Venu-ed

We are still hunting for a venue for the Camden Fringe Festival. Our latest preferred venue – a great theatre above a London pub – has told us that they will announce their programme in April. The only trouble is that will be too late for us to apply for more Camden venues…The application process ends next week. (more…)

March 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Rewriting history

Write? Right. I keep avoiding doing the rewrite –  the second draft of my play Martini Bond: Her hunt for the spy who loved her mum.

I went along to a London writing group recently, and the advice there was to put your play away in a drawer for months, only to take it back out, throw it in the bin and then sit down and write the play it should be. The only problem is I don’t have months. I just about have weeks. (more…)

March 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour. 2 comments.

Rejection is hard to take

OK. So we’ve just found out that our venue application for the Camden Fringe Festival has been rejected. And this is from the theatre that thought the Martini Bond synopsis was “interesting”. What’s that about building you up only to knock you down? Now I’m sounding bitter – or is that just plain grumpy?

Onwards and upwards though. So we plough on with a second application. But now time is running against us. All applications have to be in by the end of March. The festival organisers had told us that the sooner you applied, the better chance you stood of being accepted. They just seem to have left out that the venues can pick and choose, then let you down at the last minute.

Oh, and how they let you down. “It looks like a great show, so I hope you’re able to find another home for it,” the rejection said. Great? Great! How grating.

We’re determined to find a venue, though. We will not be beaten. After all, who was it that said all the world’s a stage … perhaps a pavement will have to do.

March 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour. Leave a comment.

Funny business

Had the first readthrough tonight of Martini Bond. It’s good that the actors still want to do the play. (Phew.) It’s bad that every page needs a joke (I thought I had that); characters’ voices need work to differentiate them (ok, I’ll give that one); more twists (well, one twist would be good…)

The feedback was valuable, honest and alcohol laden. But – ohmigod – I now have another deadline to meet for the second draft. Oh yeah, I also need bigger and better gags. Had I mentioned that? Still, the play’s going to be good. Definitely. And funny. Really funny, once we’ve finished the serious business of writing and honing. Talking of which, the script editor couldn’t make tonight so his advice is yet to come …

Meanwhile, I’m still trying not to panic about no news regarding a venue. After all a brilliant play is no good without a stage and audience.

March 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour. Leave a comment.

Killing time

Just finished the first draft of the comedy Martini Bond. Awaiting feedback from the script editor. In the meantime, I’ll check out his latest play The Time Traveller’s Mother. Go to:

March 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour. Leave a comment.

A royal performance

Check out this new play which is part of a RSC project to celebrate amateur theatre and re-forge the bond with the world of professional theatre. Actress Julia Collier, who will star in Martini Bond for the Camden Fringe, is playing the Queen in War of the Waleses as part of the RSC Open Stages 2012. The show is on at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town Tues 10th – Saturday 14th April at 7.30. For more information, go to:

March 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Humour. Leave a comment.

Don’t panic

We are still waiting to hear whether we have a venue for the Camden Fringe Festival. We were sent an email that told us: “If you’ve not had an offer from your venue(s) yet please don’t panic”. It’s hard not to…

March 11, 2012. Tags: , , , . Humour. Leave a comment.