Write On!

It’s less than a week before rehearsals start for my play ‘According to Claudia’ – and I can hardly wait. At the moment, it looks like I’ll be assistant director to my wife Caroline – which probably means I’ll be making tea and coffee for the cast.

Excerpt from new play

Excerpt from my new play

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy working on my next stage play, provisionally entitled ‘Wedded Blitz’ about a novelist suffering from writer’s block whose second marriage is about to hit the rocks as he hits the bottle. The first draft is now complete – so I’ll give it the acid test i.e. let Caroline read it.  If she likes it enough I’ll be arranging for some of Newport Playgoers’ finest to get together for a reading – and looking forward to their invaluable feedback.

It started off almost as a comedy but got darker and darker as it went along. There’s a brief extract from an early scene here.

About philmansell

I'm a writer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker with a Masters degree in Multimedia & Information Design from the University of Wales, Newport. I'm also volunteer PR Officer with Newport Playgoers Society who own and run the city's 400-seater Dolman Theatre. I trained at the London Film School where I specialised in script-writing, directing and animation, and had three films screened at the National Film Theatre. After teaching film-making, photography and art, I moved into the world of advertising and PR and was a professional writer. My play 'According to Claudia' was selected by Newport Playgoers Society to launch their 92nd season. It won the Award for Theatre Show of the Year 2014 presented by lifestyle and entertainment magazine Voice. It has since been published by Silvermoon Publications and is available from Amazon. Other plays I have had published include 'Poor Yorick', 'Bunkered' and 'Caddying for Godot'. Previously my one act play 'Poor Yorick' was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre. Another play, 'Bunkered', was one of the winning entries in a competition judged by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery.
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