A little from the book I’ve been currently working on for the last couple of years, so it better be good! 40 Shades of Green, it’s the story of a man who is destroyed by his own vanity and the envy of others.
This is the only line to survive from a lyric I wrote once upon a time.
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.
The first play of the year from Wildream Theatre is Examine Your Zip, by Fergus Anthony. Based on his experiences in the world of direct marketing, the play takes a savage and hilarious look at the lives of people sick on the dream of easy money!
Martin Greene is the best in the world at teaching people to help people to buy things. He has his heart set on love and marriage. But with the company about to be restructured, how will Martin negotiate his way past the one thing that could destroy all his dreams.
Examine Your Zip takes you into the world of direct marketing, where you can be self-employed, so long as you make enough money, and where, at the end of every day, Michelangelo rings a bell. But don’t worry, nobody expects you to create a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance on your first day!
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The Busker on the corner plays
What was once known as jazz,
Exactly as he’s heard it
Played in earnest and