Online Cupid Onstage

After the success of my one act plays, Examine You Zip, and Godot, I’ve written a full length, Online Cupid. It’s based on my novella of the same name

An unnamed man interrogates the online cupid who talked him into buying an upgrade on a dating site, and then dropped him as soon as he made the payment. She insists she knows nothing about this, but if it wasn’t her, then who? And why?

PM me if you’d like to read it with a view to putting it on stage.

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Lost Voices

Lost Voices is a show I was in in 2016, I also did some work on the script. The show is about the children who did during the 1916 Easter Rising  in Dublin. I’m very proud to have been a part of this production. If memory serves we did only three performance at the Ballyfermot Civic and Community Centre. As well as members of the local community theatre, we also brought in local schools. I played three parts, one on film and two on stage. That’s me at the beginning announcing that the republic has been declared.

The Play’s the Thing

Examine Your Zip coverI’ve just finished designing this cover for my play, Examine Your Zip. It’s based on my experiences in the world of direct marketing. The play debuted this time last year and the quotes on the cover are from the audience.

I’ve decided to let people download this script for free, and if you’re part of a community theatre you may also stage the play for free.

If you do, please send me a Jpeg of the poster so I can add it to this blog as a kind of map showing where my work is staged.

There are links at the back of the script to my other books and to a t-shirt, if you’d like to make a contribution.

Download here: Examine Your Zip free

Online Cupid Play

 

I’ve just finished the second draft of my new play, Online Cupid. That’s right people, it’s based on my book Online Cupid. Anyway, a couple more drafts and I’ll be looking for a theatre company.

GODOT

Godot poster

The wait is almost over. On the 20th and 21st of February the most burning question of the 20th Century will finally be answered. Why didn’t Godot show up? Two lifelong pals, Godot and Bosco, attempt to go on a roadtrip.

From the first time I heard the story of Waiting for Godot I wondered why he didn’t turn up. That’s basically the end of the similarities between my play and the other one, (I haven’t seen it so who knows? Not I!)  About a year ago I started to write the story. I could picture these two guys on their way somewhere, and I knew they didn’t get there. Godot and Bosco – Godot, because he’s always late, or never turns up at all; Bosco, because he’s really annoying but people love him.

Anyway, I wrote it as a movie for the Dublin Filmmakers Collective One Year Challenge, but not knowing enough about directing, and not finding anyone else to direct it, I turned it into a play. Paul Winters, who directed my last play, Examine Your Zip, submitted it to scene + heard, and that settled that, more or less.

You can get tickets here.

The Dublin Filmmakers Collective Youtube channel is here.

And my Amazon page is here.

The Plan

The plan was to write reems of poetry which I would then put aside for a while, and then edit each page down to absolute essentials, or at least what a non-poet like me considers essential. The plan was abandoned when I started working with Wildream Theatre Company on truning my one man show – Examine Your Zip – into a two man show. I’m not precious about these things and both Paul and Blaise are more skilled than me. We put it on in April and had a great response, and when I think of it, I still find it odd that it’s my play.

While we were working on that I did a small role in The Passion Project, a community theatre project in Ballyfermot. I also wrote a screenplay for the Dublin Filmmaker’s Collective One Year Feature Film Challenge, which is halfway through now. My film is no longer part of that. Nobody wanted to make it and,never having directed anything, I don’t feel qualified to direct it myself. I was also too busy with theatre stuff to properly pursue it as a movie. Now I’m back working with Paul and Blaise, and we’re looking at adapting the screenplay into a stageplay. So if all goes well, we start drilling down into it on thursday, then we rip it apart, find what works, discard what doesn’t, and put it on. And the thing is, I’m happier about that than if it had become a movie. Still, it would be nice to do something in movies, if only to raise my profile enought to sell a few books. A goal to be achieved.

 

 

The first play I wrote…

The first play I wrote was called The Trial of The Living Dead, and it was staged in Cardiff in 1991. I’d gone to a drama workshop because I had nothing else to do that day. When the facilitator asked if any of us could write, someone volunteered me, and I was immediately put on the spot to come up with something for the following week. I hadn’t planned on being there the following week, but in the panic of the challenge, I agreed to write a play in a week.

When I got home that night and realized I’d never written anything longer than an essay, I started to panic again, but faced with the choice of crawling under the bed and never going outside again, (I did say I was panicked) or giving it a go, I sat down and started to write.

With no clue as to how you get people on and off stage, I decided a courtroom was the best setting. Knowing nothing about court procedures, I made it a gameshow/courtcase. Then I just had to find something to write about. At that time there were riots in Britain over the Poll-Tax, and the government were coming down hard on everybody.

So there I was writing a play about a gameshow/courtcase where someone is being prosecuted for not paying his Poll-Tax. But I didn’t know why, and the first thing that occurred to me was that he’d been dead for six years. The idea of a reanimated corpse put on trial for not paying a tax that didn’t exist when he was alive felt like it was too good an idea not to use. The script was only 12 pages long, but I’d written my first play!

My new play is longer and it doesn’t have any reanimated corpses. It’s called Examine Your Zip and it’s based on my experiences in the world of Direct Marketing. It’s directed by Paul Winters, the man behind last years A Peculiar Arrangement, and we’re at the International Bar from the 3 – 7 April @ 7:30.

And I would love to see it turned into an Opera.