Three Great Announcements!

It’s a very exciting time!!

Announcement Number One…..drumroll…….:

Stanley Grimshaw is at the Bridewell.

This week my play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged by Melabeau Productions in the Lunchbox slot at the Bridewell Theatre, London EC4.  How good is that?  We are all buzzing about it and if you’re in London at lunchtime please bring your sandwiches or sushi and come and have a laugh at our one-act black comedy. Tickets available on the door at the moment or ring the theatre box office – 020 7353 3331 or online – www.sbf.org.uk

Announcement Number Two…..another drumroll….. … Read the rest »

And Out Of The Woods…

Amid cheers, tears, laughter, grateful thanks and a huge amount of pride the curtain came down on Melabeau’s production of Into the Woods Jr last night.  And what a last night it was!  What a run it was!  And if I may quote every wannabe on the X-Factor, Strictly, BGT et al…  What a journey it was!

Our Fabulous Cast

Our Fabulous Cast

I honestly don’t think Julie Barker (our amazing Musical Director) and I fully realised just how ambitious a piece it is for a young group until we really got into rehearsals.  And the Melabeau Junior Company is very young – … Read the rest »

Broadway Babe

Regular readers will have heard me sing Julie Barker’s praises before.  I have written about her talents as a choreographer (in Melabeau Productions’ Cinderella) and actress (in Melabeau Productions’ Vagina Monologues) and she shared her Hot Holidays! with us last year.  Well, as well as working as a choreographer and actress, Julie is also the principal of a large stage school – Tip Toes.

Julie has always been supportive to all her students and has actively encouraged them to audition for professional productions in Essex and the West End.  For years she has put troupes into professional and charity shows.  … Read the rest »

Wonderful Vaginas, Psychic Slimming and Into the Woods

 

My Wonderful Vaginas, (l to r) Theresa Cole, Feyi Babalola, Anna Kare and Julie Barker

My Wonderful Vaginas, (l to r) Theresa Cole, Feyi Babalola, Anna Kare and Julie Barker

So, after all the weeks of hard work, rehearsing through Skype, promotion, nerves, tears and belly-laughs, Melabeau Productions’ show, The Vagina Monologues is over.

I had a wonderful time.  It is one of the most empowering, eye-opening, liberating pieces of theatre and I am so glad that we did it.  I give myself a huge pat on the back for my casting decision; Anna Karen, Julie Barker, Feyi Babalola and Teresa Cole formed a formidable team, each very different yet with an almost tangible … Read the rest »

Blogpost With Knobs On

Well, what a busy couple of weeks!  I can’t believe how long it has been since my last blog and do apologise for keeping you waiting.  How rude am I?  So here is a longer-than-usual blog; a blog with knobs on, as it were.

I was thrilled and excited to be chosen as one of sixty ‘top authors’ for the Clic_Sargent auction.  People can bid to have a character take on their name in my next book, while donating to a very worthy cause – the Sargent Cancer Care for Children –  all at the same time.  I am in … Read the rest »

Rollercoaster

January is turning out to be a bit of a rollercoaster ride.  And like most rollercoasters, it’s fast and furious.  Today it is already 20th; eleven more days and it will be February.  Scary or what?  As Einstein said, ‘Time is an illusion.’ (I tell myself that every birthday.)  But is it an illusion that it definitely speeds up as one becomes older, or does it actually speed up?

So, ‘what’s made it a rollercoaster ride?’ I hear you ask.  The answer is that loads is going on and it’s all sooooooo exciting!  Professionally I’m involved with four projects now, … Read the rest »

Dagenham Days, My Free Christmas Gift and Adrenalin Overdose.

The adrenalin rush I always get when a show approaches its run dates is something I love.  With the panto, it’s more than a rush; it’s an overwhelming, engulfing tsunami of emotions, nervous energy and stress.  I know it will be great.  I know that it will be a huge success because we’ve worked hard and I know we have a quality show.  I know that when it’s over I’ll be sad, feel as if something’s missing and, of course, hold the usual post-mortem.  My diplomacy and tact have been to the forefront these last few weeks, keeping my temper … Read the rest »

My Left Hand

So, it’s tomorrow.   My hand operation.  The one that was cancelled in March and then again in June.  I will admit to being somewhat apprehensive, especially as I’ve been warned ‘it will be a little bit sore’.  I mean, if a doctor or nurse actually admits that much it probably means that someone like me, with the lowest pain threshold in the world, will find it excruciating.  So I’m already telling myself that I will be comfortable and at ease after the op.  Naughty Elaine, who sits on my shoulder and tries to get into my head, keeps on shouting … Read the rest »

Buried in Bluebells and Caroline’s Colours

This week started with the news of yet another death, this time of my friend and colleague Mark’s dad.  Life has thrown a lot at Mark in the last few years and I really feel for him for his loss.  And perhaps it was that, plus a visit on Father’s Day to my own parents’ grave that got me thinking about my own death, especially about the funeral.

Sorting out my Mum’s funeral, and then all her stuff, was extremely stressful and that was with sharing the load with the Sister and the Brother.  My own darling Daughter is an … Read the rest »

Releasing Holiday Reads….Two-handed!

Well!  It is my great pleasure to tell you that HOLIDAY READS is now available on Kindle!  http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L4K4R40?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

It contains seven quirky little stories that I hope will keep you entertained on your sun-lounger, or wherever you might be spending your summer hols, even if it’s lying on the sofa in your own living-room or sitting in your back garden.  Pour yourself a nice glass of your favourite tipple, put your feet up and …ENJOY!!

And I was actually able to publish it using BOTH hands.  Because my operation was cancelled.  I was being prepped on Tuesday when told that … Read the rest »