Should there be anyone out there thinking theatre is ONLY fun…

I know there are some people who genuinely believe theatre can only ever be a hobby. You put on a costume, you walk onstage, people look at you and clap. It’s easy. It’s fun! I’ve learned, however, that theatre is only as much fun as the work you put into it. The harder you workContinue reading “Should there be anyone out there thinking theatre is ONLY fun…”

Limbo

I didn’t get in. I didn’t get home in time to catch the start of the Edmonton Fringe livestream of the 2014 lottery draw, and things were happening too fast for Twitter to handle, so I completely missed the TYA draw. However, a friend who was there immediately texted me: “Hey, 3 on the waitingContinue reading “Limbo”

Who’d like to pick a name that will live FOREVER??

Mwa ha ha. The Writeathon is in T minus 2 hours. I’ve been tasked with keeping YOU glued to the internet for the duration, so here’s my carrot: I will be auctioning off the FOLLOWING NAMES of characters and places IN MY PLAY, The Ugly Princess, as I write it. Click HERE to donate. ForContinue reading “Who’d like to pick a name that will live FOREVER??”

T minus 48 Hours to Writeathon madness.

As I write it is exactly two days until Alberta Playwrights Network’s first ever Writeathon begins. You’ll note we’ve long surpassed our original goal of $10,000, so we’re very stoked. In their infinte wisdom, by fellow APN members have made me one of the managers of our Facebook page for the Writeathon’s duration. Feel freeContinue reading “T minus 48 Hours to Writeathon madness.”

$10,000 to see a bunch of monkeys write?

Nah. The idea was to get a bunch of playwrights to lock themselves up and write for 24 hours, in the hope that others would show a little mercy and sponsor us to do so. All to support Alberta Playwrights Network, who would, in turn support those playwrights. The goal was a rather whopping $10,000,Continue reading “$10,000 to see a bunch of monkeys write?”

How to create an Ugly Princess in 24 hours (or less)

I will be writing a new play, The Ugly Princess, almost from scratch, in 24 hours for APN’s Writeathon on 23 November. I say “almost”, because I have two scenes. This post…is about making you want to see the whole thing. The story is linked – in my head, somehow – to this painting, nowContinue reading “How to create an Ugly Princess in 24 hours (or less)”

Audacity.

Robert O’Hara used this word a lot in our breakout session, Don’t F*ck with my Play, yesterday at Banff. About we playwrights having the audacity to say to a director: “No, I can’t work with you.” To people not in theatre: “No, this is not just a hobby.” To the director, producer, or actors whoContinue reading “Audacity.”

Oh my God…that WAS amazing.

Twitter has its uses. Oh yes. “Retweet this for your chance to win tickets to War Horse !” said VUE. The touring production at the Jubilee Auditorium. I re-tweeted it without a thought. And that evening after work (because I’m one of those people who puts her phone away during work hours), I got aContinue reading “Oh my God…that WAS amazing.”

I’ve got Banff-playwright squidgies

I don’t know how else to describe it. Oh, there’s been a lack of time, certainly. Partly it’s procrastination – never had I felt a stronger need to wash and sanitize my rubbish bins and change my cat’s litter than this past weekend. But the greatest enemy is SELF-DOUBT. Never doubt that. And it tookContinue reading “I’ve got Banff-playwright squidgies”