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The Red Court, my new play set in modern China, recently won a national competition hosted by the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University, and as the winner, will tour to China later this year - to Beijing, Shanghai or Nanjing.  The play was competing as part of the Festival of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu.  It takes a true scandal of power-grabbing in the Communist Party, laced with corruption, adultery and murder, and retells the story as a contemporary Macbeth.  The Red Court was performed at the Rondo Theatre to two nearly full houses in March.  Here are some of the audiences’ responses: ‘Great theatre’.  ‘Gripping, fast-paced play.  Loved it!’ ‘I loved the way familiar lines from Macbeth were woven throughout. Best theatre I’ve seen for a long time.’  If you missed it, catch it at Zion Chapel and Clifton Library in Bristol and and at the Bath Fringe, dates below.

Future dates:

Zion Community Centre in Bristol, 29th April, 7.30pm.  Tickets available from the Bristol Ticket Shop. For more information click here.  

Burdall’s Yard, Bath, as part of the Bath Fringe, Tuesday 30th May at 6.00pm and on Wednesday 31st May at 8pm.  Tickets available soon.  

Clifton Library, Bristol, 3rd June, 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from Clifton Library soon.  

The Red Court is directed by Carolyn Csonka and is a Rapscallion Theatre production.

I’m thrilled that my short play The Rift has been chosen as one of the 4x15 plays to be produced at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield to run alongside their new play ‘Everyone’s Talking About Jamie’. The Rift is a surreal modern folk tale about contemporary Britain. Rehearsing in March, it will be performed on the 5th and 6th April.  For more information and tickets: https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/4x15

After a hugely festive Story Friday to celebrate our fifth anniversary, I’m looking forward to the next Story Friday on 28th. April, at Burdall’s Yard.  The theme is Journeys and we are putting on this Story Friday in collaboration with Engage, Theatre Royal Bath.  Send us your stories about journeys near and far!  Full details are here:  www.awordinyourear.org.uk.

I was very pleased that my monologue Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil was chosen by Pint-sized to be part of their February showcase at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge.  Pint-sized feature “some of the best new writing talent in the UK”.  I was thrilled to have the wonderful writer Stella Feehily as my mentor.  She and Max Stafford Clark came to the show, which was a huge honour.  You can follow Pint-sized on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PintSizedTheatre/.

“A beautiful piece of writing”, Stella Feehily, playwright, on Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil.

I Said No, my full length play about conscientious objectors in World War One, had a successful run at the Rondo Theatre in Bath and at the Bath Quaker Meeting House.  I Said No was directed by Carolyn Csonka and is a Rapscallion Theatre production.

My short radio play Very Shirley Valentine was recorded some time ago by the Radio Theatre Group.  It recently received another playback session - ‘people love it, it feels very fresh’ (Charlotte Simon, Radio Theatre Group) - and will soon be transmitted on UCH Hospital Radio to the patients at the UCH in London.  On another hospital radio station, Radio Stortford, my story A New Religion has recently been broadcast.  

My short story The Avocet is in the Bath Short Story Anthology 2016, published November 2016.  It is available here. Avocet is also published in a new magazine Project Calm.  The magazine promotes mindfulness through making, apparently, so if you see me wandering through the countryside paintbrush in hand, that’ll be why.  I think absolutely everyone wishes I could be a little more calm…

My short story The Vigil got through the first round of the NYC Midnight Competition. Judge’s feedback: ‘This short story is a joy to read.  There is an elemental human quality in the story which is appealing to every reader. It is a universal quality which makes reading this fiction such a pleasure and a delight.’  I’ve just submitted my story for the second round – crossing my fingers!

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