HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT RECORDING

Katriona Perrett, Izzy Watts, Greg Wise and Julia Ford.   SUNDAY 23rd April I woke to grey gloomy Sunday, the day of the London Marathon. I jumped on the tube and made my way up to an address in West Hampstead, which is where HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT MARRIAGE Series 4 was being recorded. […]

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VERSATILE – An Opening Scene.

VERSATILE. 1. Suburbs. Richmond. Early Evening. Autumn. Modern extension to an Edwardian house. The Master and The Boy stand in front of a huge window that looks out onto the garden. The garden has been illuminated with light. MASTER When I built the extension I decided to integrate the garden. BOY Right. MASTER I wasn’t […]

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Trying to write about sex

For some now – years, if I am honest – I have wanted to write a play about sex. More specifically a play about sexual fantasy. Obviously my own personal history – moving from a straight marriage into the gay world in middle age – has informed the late budding of this fascination. But it […]

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The Olympic spirit and the Writer

Over the past decade or so I have found myself far more personally involved in watching the Olympics. Granted there was a time when to express overly patriotic sentiment was vaguely embarrassing, awkward even. There was an assumption – and I am talking about the 1980’s here – where any jingoism was seen as reactionary […]

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Meditation and Creativity

Back in February of this year Wolf and I decided – after the usual prevarication – that we would try and learn some meditational techniques. I mean we actually committed to the process of finding somewhere as opposed to entertaining the idea as a desirable outcome in some non specific distant future. We were also, […]

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The Fifth Element – recording HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT MARRIAGE Series 3

Whenever I teach radio writing seminars or lecture in creative writing about writing radio drama I like to stress there are four principle elements of writing for radio. They are as follows: 1. The voice. Although that might seem obvious it’s important to maintain an awareness of how different voices work against each other – […]

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PLAY FOR TODAY – A WRITER’S WORKSHOP BY NICHOLAS MCINERNY

What do Writer’s do after they have finished a script and send it off? They wait. They wait for a response from a theatre, a literary manager, an agent, or that competition they entered into, or that friend of a friend who knows someone who might read it… We wait and wait and wait. But […]

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Funeral for a Friend

It was one of those grey January mornings. Twenty four hours earlier it had sparkled with glassy sunshine all day, and I suppose I was hoping it might oblige the morning we buried Tim. I felt he was owed a small favour. I dressed, imagining him looking on with a mixture of encouragement and disapproval […]

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SAY HELLO, WAVE GOODBYE

(QB with Hannah – 1999)   This is the first blog on my brand new website. I know, I know – it has taken an age for me to take the plunge. Wise words from those who want to see me prosper have kick started me into action – for that I am extremely grateful. […]

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