I Would Rather Go Blind

Just done a playlab at Graeae theatre co, workshopping a thing for me and Tim Gebbels to act in (working title above). Carissa Lynch the lit manager set it up and Amit Sharma, the associate director, told us what to do.  I’ve got to read through the transcription of our conversations and digest what came out of the last two days but  it was very interesting, different, and more! I’m very excited about the story. Here are some blurry photos of one of the improvisations. Check out Graeae blog about it here.

Tim and Sophie, having a sit down and a chat.

Tim looking one way and Sophie the other

Dragonfly – Radio 4 play

Still pinching myself about being allowed to act in a Katie Hims play last week. I’ve been a massive fan of Katie’s virtuoso radio scripts since meeting her on a course last year.

The play is called Dragonfly and airs on 3rd October 2.15pm on Radio 4 (directed by the lovely Sue Roberts). The recording was hugely enjoyable and engrossing and the script was dead funny and moving. It was the first time I’ve worked with David Bower, a very talented actor. We recorded at old BBC drama studios in Manchester, just before the transfer to the new Salford site.

Katie Hims and David Bower
Katie Hims (writer) and David Bower (actor)
David Bower (actor) and Sophie Woolley in radio drama studio
David Bower and me

Script reading at Channel 4

I’ve just completed a screenwriting course at Channel 4, during which I wrote a pilot episode and series outline. It was a lot of fun to write, and I was often laughing as I typed. I’m indebted to all the good people who helped me with research.

Last weekend actors read the script at Channel 4 HQ. I sat on the edge of my seat, watching and waiting for all the lines to land in the way I’d anticipated. The actors read it beautifully and I was relieved to see everyone laughing (it’s a comedy drama). Feedback is very promising.

The script is now going out to production companies.

old tv set