As part of the Tron 100 Festival 2017, I had the pleasure of directing the very funny The Retreat by Daisy Jo Lucas, starring Daisy Jo Lucas, Alfie Wellcoat, Euan Cuthbertson, Renee Williams, Natalie Clarke and Hazel Ann Crawford.
I’m producing, along with Tom Brogan, & directing, along with Tom Brogan and Jamie Lee McPherson, Short Attention Span Theatre again… This time we have…
Six new short plays:
Flensburg by Cormac Quinn
Working Title by Hannah Morton
North to Muira by Jane Sunderland
Horses With Horns by Richy Walsh
Red Label by Derek Banner
Of Sound Mind by Helen Bang
John Love, Derek Banner, Scott Canevy, Hannah Morton, Karen Bartke, Johanna Harper, Megan Green and Calum Beaton.
For some reason I’ve been missing my Gran & Grandpa’s flat in Knightswood, Glasgow, recently.
I miss the mix of 1970s/80s tat and heavy Victorian-ish wooden furniture. And the way it smelt of fags & a coal fire. And the way it was always Sunday, and I played 2nd World War spies in the garden and Cleopatra or Jane Eyre or The Little Princess was on the television.
I miss the hay-wain, the flamenco dancer and the green lady.
I miss the dolly toilet roll cover, the shire horse ornament & the Nessie
I miss the Island of Adventure (not so much – it’s in my room), the reader’s digest, and the bible.
& I miss James Last, Mantovani and Glen Miller.
Kitten Kapers is getting another outing at our 3 rd Short Attention Span Evening of short plays, on Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd November 2016.
I’ve written a short play, Kitten Kapers, as part of a Halloween horror triple bill at Govanhill Baths, Glasgow.
tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2592915
My play is about a man who marries a witch who used to be his cat… but it’s loosely based on the true story of Louis Wain (1860 – 1939), the Victorian cat painter whose obsession turned into madness in his later years.
On Monday 16th November and Tuesday 17th of November 2015 we had our second Short Attention Span Theatre event – with our great poster again designed by Louise Henderson.
This time we had six plays.
Murder In Bearsden by Elisabeth Holland
In 1955 three respectable ladies are interviewed by a police Inspector about the violent death of their friend.
directed by Karen Barclay
Daphne – Lindsey McNab
Sybil – Louisa Thornton
Fiona – Meli Bach
Inspector – Derek Banner
Innocent Age by Megan Green
A young assistant t.v. producer on a popular children’s t.v. show in the 1970s has to choose between her career and morality.
directed by Tom Brogan
Stevi – Louise Henderson
Lucy – Gillian Massey
Dillon – Meggan Jameson
Matt – Derek Banner
Disaster Song by Karen Barclay
2 women are haunted by a folk song.
directed by Karen Barclay
June – Sarah Meikle
May – Louisa Thornton
Jesus Wants You For A Stakebake by Alex Cox
The Angel of Death has to rectify an unfortunate mistake.
directed by Sarah McCardie
Danny – George Docherty
Death – Cameron McGarva
Donna – Julie Martis
Someone Was Murdered Here by Fraser Campbell
A young couple have to choose between settling down in a cheap flat with a dark history or not settling down in a cheap flat with a dark history.
directed by Tom Brogan
Sam – Johanna Harper
Kate – Sarah Meikle
Andrew – Richard Gray
Thursday’s Child by Julie Martis
An internet group meet in real life to discuss their deep dark desires, and Alanis Morisette.
directed by Jamie Lee McPherson
Beth – Hannah Elizabeth Morton
Anita – Elle Seivwright
Immie – Jamie Lee McPherson
On Tuesday 28th July and Wednesday 29th July 2015 we’ll be staging a night of exciting new writing by 4 new playwrights at the Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow:
Ava and The Seagull by Roísín Kelly
A fragile young woman gets revenge for a desecrated pet.
Smokers by Julie McDowell
Survivors of a nuclear attack struggle with their new reality.
The Answer by Meggan Jameson
Revelations at a Psychic Night cause repercussions.
Dynamite FM by Catherine Noble
Young Man seeks Leg-Over at a pirate radio station party.
You can buy tickets here:
The cast of Bossnappers:
Roz McClue, Louise Henderson, Jamie Lee McPherson, Janis Marshall Reilly and (not pictured) John Winchester.
and a review :
Book Arrow Heart in collaboration with Compulsory Trousers ( http://tombrogan.co.uk/ ) is working on a double bill of comedy dramas that will explore the interface between ordinary life and fame.
‘Emily Entwistle’ will centre on a woman taking career advice from two contrasting icons, Emily Bronte, a writer steeped in Gothic isolation and Peg Entwistle, the actress famous for plunging from the Hollywood sign, part of an era of extroverted excess.
‘Good Times Never Seemed So Good’ follows the career of a Neil Diamond tribute act as he becomes dangerously immersed in the world of celebrity impersonation.
Photograph : Tom Brogan