The Miniaturists - 04/17
I was back at the Arcola for the Miniaturists, this time with Redpilled, a play about alt right internet forums. I've been fascinated with these echo-chambers that normalise extreme worldviews for a while and so put together this mad script that Abigail Pickard-Price managed to direct into something really great. Huge thanks to actors Laila Alj, Chloe Walshe and Calum Cameron who totally nailed it.
Also, I'm really pleased to say I'll be joining Will Bourdillon in co-curating the Miniaturists from now on. Declan Hill is stepping down from his role after many years and I'm delighted they've asked me to take over his role. The night runs every two/three months and has five writers with new work. I'm hugely excited to get started. If you want to apply to be a part of it then get in contact.
Reading of Generation Lost at Hat Trick - 03/17
Back at Hat Trick again for another reading. This time for the final part of the Grand Media comedy writing scheme I've been doing since April last year. It's been a really fun process and excellently managed by Mark Robson and Graham Smith (I think they will run it again this year so keep an eye out on their website). We read one of the three scripts that our team of seven wrote and it got a great reception. As part of this process too they teamed us up into pairs and my co-writer Tasha Dhanraj was a joy to work with. We're writing our own spec now so watch this space.
Signed by Christine Glover at Casarotto - 02/17
My agent Daniel Nixon is stepping down to be a writer (he's really good, keep a look out for him) and so I'm delighted to say that I'm moving to Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. I can't thank Blake Friedmann enough for the last two years and for steering me through my first paid writing gigs. I'm very excited for the future with Christine and at Casarotto, who represent some of my favourite writers. Here's their webpage.
Reading of Blue Sky Thinking at Hat Trick - 12/16
This was a wonderful way to round off the year. We gathered together an incredible cast and read through the first episode of Blue Sky Thinking. We had Susan Wokoma, Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Adam Riches, Tom Stourton, Kae Alexander and Rufus Jones - with Al Campbell directing. It was a huge privilige for me to have such an incredible calibre of actors reading the script, and massive thank you to everyone who made it possible. Hopefully there will be an exciting update next year for this project. For now, happy Christmas everyone.
Waifu workshops at Arts Ed - 12/16
Director Janette Smith will be leading workshops of my play with Arts Ed graduates. We'll be working on the script and trying out scenes. We've got a great group of graduates to put the play through its paces and hopefully we'll create something fun over the three days. Looking forward to hearing it all out loud and seeing what they do with it all. More details here (and they call me an exciting writer, which is nice of them).
Episode of Wooden Overcoats released - 10/16
Titled "A Funeral House Divided" the episode of Wooden Overcoats I co-wrote with James Hamilton is now out! You can listen to it here.
Writing for Series 2 of Oddbods – 09/16
James Hamilton and I are writing episodes for the new series of Oddbods. Series one is screening in all sorts of locations (I think it’s on ITV in the UK and Boomerang) so you can catch our very silly episode about mind-controlled cows. It’s a gorgeously animated show and I’m really pleased to be back.
Invited to join SWAG (Soho Writers’ Alumni Group) – 08/16
I’m delighted to accept a place on a this Soho Theatre scheme. After submiting a play to them this year they’ve taken me and some others on to join their writers’ group. I’ll be working up a new play this year with Soho's best and brightest, and I can't wait to get started.
Waifu longlisted for Papatango New Writing Prize – 08/16
I’m still hammering away at this play with Rebecca Hill and hopefully will have some good news to announce about it soon. But in the meantime it got longlisted for the Papatango prize, which is encouraging.
Hector vs The Future released – 07/16
Episode one is now out and on your preferred Podcast service. We’ll be releasing one a week for the next seven weeks. Check out episode one, Hector vs The Sea.
EDIT: The whole series is up now. It’s been a huge undertaking, and Andy Goddard has worked his socks off as director and editor for the series. I’m hugely proud of the result. Check it out!
Writing an episode of series 2 of Wooden Overcoats – 06/16
That “other” podcast sitcom is making a second series, and they’ve very kindly asked James Hamilton and I to write the second episode. After a morning with croissants and coffee (and the whole series 2 writing team) we devised a bunch of new eps and now Hamilton and I are working on something very silly. It’ll be released in October.
Joined the Grand Media New Comedy Team Writing Project – 05/16
Hugely excited to be joining six other writers to develop a new sitcom. The scheme aims to follow the team-writing style of My Family and develop a new show where episodes are written and edited by a big group.
Over the next few months we’ll write three episodes in separate pairings, and then swap around, editing each other’s scripts until we’ve got three crackers. That’s the plan. I’m really pleased to be involved as I love working in writers’ rooms.
Writing on Season 5 of The Amazing World of Gumball wraps – 05/16
We’ve finished the writing on series 5. I’ve been hugely grateful to contribute to a large number of episodes for this season over the last year for a show I love. It’s been fantastic and humbling to work with such an amazing group of writers.
Working at Cartoon Network was definitely a dream of child James. He’d be very happy with how things turned out (actually, he’d want Dexter’s Laboratory to return but we can’t have everything can we).
Hector vs The Future live recordings begin – 04/16
James Hamilton and I have been working on this one for ages. With the help of director Andy Goddard we’ve cast some stunning people in the roles with David Arrondelle reprising the role of Hector from years of doing the Casual Violence sketch version. I couldn’t see anyone else in that role. I’m delighted to finally have a chance to work with Danielle Winter too after a series of near misses with other projects. She plays Hector’s literal opposite in Biz.
Richard Soames from Beta Males is joining as Hector’s assistant George and playing the robot-hologram Phil we have Charlie Booth. Alongside them is a cast of ever so exciting comedians playing guest roles. I’m hugely excited.
We’ll be recording on these dates at the Et Cetera theatre. We’ll record two episodes a night in front of a live audience, and then release them later in the summer. Dates are below – come along!
18th April – Episodes 1+2
16th May – Episodes 3+4
13th June – Episodes 5+6
27th June – Episode 7
Dent taken to New York – 04/16
Mind the Gap Theatre are doing two performances of Dent in New York this month as part of their BritBits season. It’s a bit far for me to pop over and watch but they’re releasing a video of the performance online. Thanks to Paula Alexandra for taking the play on!
Short play Dent part of the Miniturists at the Arcola - 02/16
I'm thrilled to have a new short play staged at the Arcola theatre as part of the long-running Miniturist evenings. Dent reunites me with some old collaborators too. Director Tom Birch and actor Howard Perret return from Red Jungle Fowl days. And I'm very excited to say that Ian Houghton is joining us too - we haven't worked together since the days of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus way back in 2012. He's gone and made himself a fabulous career since then and can currently be seen in War Horse. I'm thrilled to have him, Howard and two new faces Philip Tomlin and Emma Moohan give up their time to work on my short.
It's on Sunday 28th February and there's four other cracking plays that evening too. Grab your tickets here.
Interview for the launch of The Sitcom Mission 2016 - 01/16
I did an interview for the lovely folk at The Sitcom Mission where, funnily enough, I recommend that people enter the contest this year. I also talk about my early days of writing stories about cats, why I have to spend so much time with James Hamilton and other useless bits of piddle.
Click here to give it a read.
Blue Sky Thinking optioned by Hat Trick Productions - 01/16
I said a few posts ago that I had some exciting news I wasn't allowed to share yet. But now I am. Blue Sky Thinking has been optioned by Hat Trick Productions and is in development with them. I'm hugely excited to be working with them on this sitcom and looking forward to pitching the pilot to commissioners later on this year. Hooray!