Saturday Sit Down with JMMcDowell

It’s only a week away to Martini Bond at Manchester Pride. Rehearsals are going well, which is more than I can say for the props list…They are piled up in a corner and need checking – have we lost the meerkats? Where’s the gangster’s hat? And Suzi Bazooki’s bazookas? Then there’s the lighting to sort, tickets to sell, PR…Thank goodness for JMMcDowell and her Saturday Sit Down. She has very kindly given me a spot on her blog to talk about the play, writing, hopes and dreams. And it was great to be in touch with a fellow blogger. Throughly recommend it!

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August 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy writing, Fiction, Humour, Theatre. 9 comments.

Martini Bond prepares for Manchester Pride

It’s all systems go again. Rehearsals are starting up, or rather the schedule for rehearsals is … most of the cast are on holiday. But if they’re not worried, I’m not worried about Martini Bond’s next outing (no pun intended…) at Manchester Pride festival in August. (more…)

July 20, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Theatre, Uncategorized. 7 comments.

Peter Bazalgette is right – theatre companies need funding

Peter Bazalgette, the new chair of the Arts Council, has warned against the cuts to arts funding in the UK and has called on business to do more for the culture – ie invest in it. I couldn’t agree more.

We are thinking about taking Martini Bond up to Manchester Pride in August, but this time we need some funding in order to do it. Profit margins are so slim for small theatre companies – and probably large ones too – that it seems you are fortunate if you cover your costs through ticket sales. Forget about paying the actors, crew or writer a living wage. They all need other work to subsidise their dreams (or, after yesterday’s Budget and if you’re George Osborne, aspirations).

We are thinking about holding a James Bond quiz night as a fund-raiser and we will look into applying for grants and approaching business for support. I’m fairly hopeful we will raise some funds. After all, Pride is for a good cause, raising money for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities and organisations as well as HIV groups.

Local theatre, local bands or local comedy nights really need your support, though, because these acts are part of the culture of your town, and, as Bazalgette said, “are central to the life of the city and to the local economy”. Without bums on seats, the show can’t go on! So please go and see a local act on in your town.

When was the last time you went to see a local show? Were there many people there? Did you enjoy it? Do you care about arts funding?

March 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour, Theatre, Writing. 14 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.

Skype in and be part of the show

Julia Collier as Franken von Banken in Martini Bond

Julia Collier as Franken von Banken in Martini Bond

Wet suit, check. Ski suit, check. Dinner jacket? Husband won’t miss that – I’ve just thrown it in the suitcase and hope it doesn’t get lost… (more…)

September 17, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy writing, Fiction, Publishing, Theatre. 6 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.

Pour yourself a Martini and stream in for Bond

Live streaming Martini Bond, Skyping to an independent film house in Cape Town in a live link-up while swigging Martinis… These were some of the ideas I discussed at the weekend with the creative producer of The Broadway, Barking. And I’m keeping my Goldfingers crossed they all come off for this fantastic multimedia event.

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September 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogging, Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Theatre. 4 comments.

Hollywood’s next…the one in Stockport

Martini Bond got its first review. OK, so a few of my journalist colleagues were in the audience and could see I was a bit down when the two reviewers didn’t turn up. So one or two offered to write something – independently I must stress – and submit to one or two websites – independent of their workplaces I must stress. (more…)

August 23, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogging, Books, Comedy, Comedy writing, Theatre. 7 comments.

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