Writing about sex – badly

Let’s talk about sex, or rather write about it. Usually badly. Take The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills for an example: ‘Down, down, on the eschatological bed.’
What does eschatological mean anyway? (more…)

March 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Writing. 34 comments.

Top tips on how to start a blog, from naming celebrities like Russ Abbot to randomly mentioning sex

‘Hello, queen of the blogs!’ Ha! This is a friend who knows how to say just the right thing. She wanted some tips on how to start blogging – and it’s also my first anniversary of blogging – so what better way to celebrate then outline a few tips I’ve learnt. (more…)

February 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Writing. 31 comments.

Ben Affleck and Herbert Kretzmer show the way for ‘second acts’

The Hollywood actor-turned-director Ben Affleck recently spoke about being given a “second act” after he won the Best Director award at the Baftas for his film Argo. Similarly, Les Miserables lyricist Herbert Kretzmer told The Guardian he “was able to give up my day job at 61” after it became clear that the show had a fairly certain future. (more…)

February 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Fiction, Publishing, Writing. 14 comments.

Taxing time for Amazon et al – and me

Amazon, Google and Starbucks are not paying enough corporation tax in the UK. That was the excuse I needed to stop surfing the net about how to publish your ebook through Kindle Direct Publishing – an Amazon service. The coffee I could buy from Costa – a company that does pay their way. (more…)

January 3, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Books, Comedy writing, Publishing, Writing. 24 comments.

Planning your sitcom

Cilla Black, UK television host and pop singer, apparently has never been on a bus, cannot drive and has never done anything mundane since she was 19. But she can open a bottle of champagne… (more…)

October 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Fiction, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 10 comments.

Don’t give up the day job…

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? I’m asking this because I read a profile of the playwright Penelope Skinner in the Guardian newspaper and her creative writing teacher had told her: “You can’t predict what people are going to like: no matter how bad it is, there’s always going to be one person who likes it. What you have to do is find that one person.” (more…)

September 27, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 18 comments.

The show’s over … for now

‘The camera’s gone down…someone’s trod on the cable.’ We were meant to be going live with the streaming on Friday in 15 minutes. I was sitting in the lighting box ready to make a Skype call to Cape Town where a James Bond party had been organised in an independent film studio to watch Martini Bond in London…

Bond and Martinis in Cape Town

Bond and Martinis in Cape Town

Skype wouldn’t make the connection at first – but then we got through. And saw a fab party – with glitter, guns and cocktails. Thank you Cape Town and Siobhan Cassidy and Shaun Conway for making it happen. The camera was also fixed but, unfortunately, the connection then went down for several minutes, so some of the start of the show was missed and others could not get past the paywall.

But here was Cape Town’s reaction:

We had a fun night and managed to see some of the show. It was kind of a pity that it took so long to get online properly… But, hey, it was the first time, next time will be better and we certainly were inspired to have a different party.

Then Saturday night was brilliant. The streaming worked. Here’s the evidence:

Martini Bond is on stream

Martini Bond is on stream

And the reaction from France:

‘I loved the play. A perfect Saturday night’.

It shows it can be done. Hopefully, this will be a way that struggling theatres can start to build audiences who are willing to pay online to see plays.

Oh, and we had good numbers for the live audience too. Now we’re resting. Until the Manchester dates and possibly Edinburgh fringe festival next year.

September 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Theatre. 7 comments.

Bond radios in

Simon Lederman Lyndsey Jones BBC Radio London

Me with Simon Lederman at the Beeb

James Bond always radios in for help. And so it was only natural that we did the same thing for Martini Bond. I parachuted into BBC Radio London last night on the Late Show with Joanne Good – but it wasn’t really Joanne Good, it was Simon Lederman standing in for her. He was lovely, putting me at ease as I was babbling about never been on radio before.  (more…)

September 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Fiction, Publishing, Theatre. 11 comments.

We’re ready for Bond on Broadway

We’ve finished our technical runs on Tuesday and we must thank the lovely David, a lighting whizz from London’s Aldwych theatre who is helping us make Martini Bond work on a larger stage. (more…)

September 19, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 3 comments.

OhMiGod. You’re being filmed with no make-up…

When women – or indeed men – of a certain age are being interviewed on telly and they look a bit, well, tired – they haven’t had her hair done, or put on some make-up, or you know, made an effort by wearing some bright colours – I’ve wondered: “Why the HELL did you let them film you?” But now I know why. (more…)

September 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing, Theatre. 13 comments.

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