Bond villains’ pets…and meerkats

“We want to replace the meerkat with a plant,” the voice down the end of the phone said.

“What? WHAT?” My mind went blank. A member of the cast was asking for a minor script change. But I couldn’t think straight. Words failed me. The room swirled around me as I decided it was really best not to explode. (more…)

June 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Books, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 9 comments.

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.

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.

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.