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Perilous Posting & Publishing

[caption id="attachment_724" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Expect ghosts AND vampires in Perilous Tales Expect ghosts AND vampires in Perilous Tales - and a spot of dancing[/caption] Shortly - well, as soon as I figure out the technicalities involved - I'm going to publish my series of 'completely mad cautionary tales' on Kindle. Perilous Tales (as they are collectively known) will be coming to your kindle soon, illustrated by a really good, as yet secret, illustrator and tugging relentlessly away at your sleeve wanting to be performed (they do like to be performed). They are being performed in Canada this month and I was delighted when the director phoned me (having carefully checked that it wasn't the middle of the night here) to say that he'd been looking for something a little 'different' (not sure that was the word he used ... moving on) and was so glad he'd come across the Offbeat plays. I was so pleased! If anyone ever phones and says 'I'm glad I found your plays they're so middle of the road' I shall stop immediately and get help. Or just stop. Maybe have a small drink. I'm quite excited about this. I just need to get through the 'getting your book ready to be published on Kindle section' and after I've spent days on that bit it will only take 5 minutes to do (or so it says in the 'How to publish your book on Kindle' section). So ... let me tell you about the perils in Perilous Tales .... (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

How to get your dreams on the stage!

[caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]My favourite dream - flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage My favourite dream - flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage[/caption] You know when you wake up and you've just had the most amazing dream. You'll never forget it! Until, of course, a few minutes later when it's completely slipped away and no matter how hard you try you can't get it back. So you try to keep a dream diary, but half the time you don't write your dream down (the pen doesn't work/isn't there at the right time and/or a cup of tea/coffee/more sleep beckons....) When you do write your dream down you're really not sure where to go with it next? One of those generic online/in-book interpretations maybe? Then what? Analyse it, understand the message (there's a message?), use it as material for your next piece of creative writing (ummm, maybe). Dreams are strange and slippery things, maybe we should wake up and bask in them before they leave us, just absorb some of the dreamy fabric of the night and not try to hold on too tightly. And maybe, whilst basking, you could use this strange dreamworld to inspire a stage production? I did, it was fantastic fun - let me share a bit of the journey. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Darkness in the Night …

[caption id="attachment_577" align="aligncenter" width="960"]There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam's, but you really don't want to know .. There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam's, but you really don't want to know .. Sam Collins as Dave and Liam Stobart as Bob. Photo by Tom Flathers[/caption] This week we had loads of fun filming a few scenes from Rob Hockley's play 'Darkness in the Night'. I'll be spending most of the weekend editing the various takes before placing the finished product in a prominent position on the site (and doubtless, on the blog) next week. We might well have a blooper reel as well - I'll see that gets the attention it deserves! For those of you who have no idea what the play is about (and I'm guessing that would be most of you) I shall briefly try and describe just how ludicrous it is.... (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Watch out for sneaky ghosts …

[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignnone" width="430"]The Ghost sneaks up on Gerald The Ghost sneakily sneaks up on Gerald[/caption]

Gorgeous Gerald and the Ghost is short sketch (around 15 minutes) in rhyme and is one of my favourites. It can be dramatised with all the characters taking lines, it can be dramatised with one or more readers and characters acting out the tale, it can be read as a poem, told as a story, you could sing it if you wanted to. It's part of the collection known as 'Perilous Tales' due the astonishing amount of peril it contains. Gorgeous Gerald is gorgeous (as you might expect) and he knows it...

Our story begins One fine sunny day As Gorgeous Gerald On his bed lay He said "Am I not The most gorgeous fellow My lips are so red My hair so yellow My complexion is perfect My body divine There is no body So gorgeously fine" (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

What Inspiration?

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignnone" width="500"]Brian de Bergerac  provides inspiration for Henry's story in 'Nuts' Brian de Bergerac provides inspiration for Henry's story in 'Nuts'[/caption] I just sat down at my computer, I looked at the blog wondering what I might write tonight and casually clicked on the category 'inspiration' (next to 'soapbox'). It seemed like the right thing to do. The page I landed on announced 'page or resource not found', which amused me a great deal (I considered leaving it like that forever). So true ..... Then I started typing and a bit further down the page than I am now I did something inexplicable with the shift key and another unknown key in a fateful combination which produced a strange result. I won't go into detail, it was far to traumatic, but happily it resolved itself by deleting everything I had written. Damn you shift key! One minute inspiration appears to emerge from its hiding place and the next it's been 'shifted' elsewhere. I'm now saving the draft every other word ... I don't trust the shift key (shifty jokes are tugging away here, but I'm resisting them bravely - you should thank me for that). (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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