Something In Your Soul Dies

There’s a very moving Spanish song – I think it’s a Sevillana – which says “When a friend leaves, something in your soul dies.’  Now as much as I enjoyed the song, I never really thought about the words; never really took in their English translation.  Until 21st August.

June Austin. Forever in my heart. Forever missed.

On that day one of my oldest and closest friends died.  We met on our first day at grammar school.  She was a lively girl, smart and popular.  We were both good swimmers and were selected to go to special training at the … Read the rest »

A Little Bit of Deja Vu

I am so sorry for the delay in posting again. I’m really just treading water waiting for the sale of Avocado Cottage to go through. And I haven’t been too well lately.

So, to give you something to be getting on with here is an article I did for one of my favourite authors and a very special woman, Barbara Copperthwaite.

https://www.barbaracopperthwaite.com/elaine-spires

Enjoy!… Read the rest »

Everything at Once

Sometimes….most times…or at least often, everything seems to happen at once.  Not that I’m complaining; nothing is worse than nothing going on.  It would be nice, though, if things spread out a bit more. LOL!

And I’ve organised things so badly!  Wimbledon being a week later has really thrown me.  This week I’ve got a meeting at the Brentwood Theatre, wardrobe and rehearsal for pilot TV show I’m involved in (hush hush at the moment), financial stuff, which I HATE!  I have a huge fear of all things financial, including form-filling.  Fortunately, I have someone helping me to do it … 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 »

Feedback

Wow!  Audience reaction and feedback to Singles’ Holiday has been so positive.  Especially as much of it has come from industry professionals like Anna Scher MBE and Charles Verrell, who were in the audience last night.  I could not be happier – well, unless we were opening in the West End, of course! 🙂  (Universe, are you listening?)

Here are some of the comments:

“It was bloody brilliant Elaine.   I really enjoyed watching.  Had me gripped in parts, belly laughing in others and one of your scenes with Melv even brought a tear to my eye. It was a joy … Read the rest »

IT’S TODAY!

Curtain up. Light the lights.

It’s here.  It’s today.

Singles’s Holiday, my little book, the one that got me fired, is now A PLAY.  And tonight it opens its run at the Brentwood Theatre.  We bring some of Antigua’s holiday magic and sunshine to rainy Essex.  We open the doors on a singles’ holiday.

I feel such a rainbow of emotions; excitement, pride, nervousness, disbelief, gratitude, satisfaction.  I want to stand in the street and yell at passers-by, or run into the superstore and stand at the top of the escalator with a megaphone, or invade the BBC News Chanel … Read the rest »

The Law of Compensation – Rough and Smooth

Life has one undeniable Law to keep us grounded, I find: the Law of Compensation.

This is such a wonderful, exciting time for me.  We are deep into rehearsals for Singles’ Holiday and to see it all taking shape is amazing.  And we are blessed and so fortunate to have Peter Dean and Donovan Christian-Cary join the cast.  Working alongside them is a joy and we are all learning so much.  And as a writer, suddenly ‘meeting’ your characters is a strange, yet wonderfully fulfilling, experience.  It’s at the Brentwood Theatre, 13-17 October.   http://www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk/showdetail.php?seq=665

And, Single All The Way is … Read the rest »

It’s Happening!

It’s happening.  It is actually happening.  Singles’ Holiday, the stageplay, is happening!  After so many months of writing, re-writing, read-throughs, auditions, meetings, hoping and dreaming, it will soon be performed on stage.  I am trembling with excitement!

How lucky am I?  It is an author’s dream to see their work come to life – certainly it has been this author’s dream for a long, long time.  I was excited at the various read-throughs we had but tonight… tonight we all got together and suddenly – there it was!  I am truly blessed.  I know that the next three weeks will … Read the rest »

Slaving Over a Hot Panto

Cor-Phew!  Hotter than Majorca!  So the tabloids would have us believe.  Well, at 33C today in God’s Own County, it probably was.  I had my weekly Skype convo with BP who’s in Antigua and who confirmed that it wasn’t that hot in the Caribbean and fortunately, Antigua usually has a pleasant breeze blowing off the Atlantic and you’re never far from a beach.  So I’ve been Ms Grumpy today; on the phone all morning to utility companies and slaving over a hot panto all afternoon.  Nearly finished!  And I giggle as I’m writing it.  I’m writing with my own music … Read the rest »

I’m Coming, George!

I’m ecstatic to be going to see West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, with the Sister.  It’s a showing of the film with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing along.  How cool is that?  And what’s really getting me excited – apart from the music and the choreography which were truly ground-breaking when the film came out – is the thought of seeing George Chakiris again.  Love that man!  And the sight of him in that mauve shirt I will take to my grave!  About sixteen or seventeen years ago I saw him playing Mr Rochester in Jane … Read the rest »