It’s now been a couple of weeks since Scenic Reality was performed as a rehearsed reading at the Hope Theatre last month. I’ve had some time to digest all the feedback from everyone who came to see the reading and begin working on the next edit of the play. I’d like to thank Abbigayle Bircham, Ayse Huseyin and Olly Nelken (Mornington Media) for managing the recording of the performance.
While the recorded version of the reading probably won’t be publically released any time soon, there will still be more opportunities to see Scenic Reality as well as other projects that I’m a part of by following me on Facebook, Twitter and the blog. My director, Samantha Wright, and I have definately not finished with this show yet so be sure to keep an eye out, but in the mean time here’s a few moments from last month’s show:
Yesterday the full cast, Samantha Wright and I got together for the first time to rehearse the rehearsed reading for Scenic Reality. I made a short behind the scenes video while the rehearsal was in progress. (Photographs below)
As my first one-act play, Scenic Reality, is getting its’ first performance next month, I thought I’d write a bit about something that was very important to me when writing the play; that is, making sure that the characters could be played by as many different kinds of people as possible. This naturally led to questions about gender, and how I could give people the option to change a characters gender without affecting the story or the text itself. I was a bit wary about not giving the characters any gender at all, as I felt that would make the characters too hard to picture on paper, and writing ‘he/she/they’ every time it came up in the script would be a nightmare to read. Continue reading “Gender Neutral Playwriting”
We are pleased to confirm the venue of Scenic Reality’s rehearsed reading. It will be at The Hope Theatre, Upper Street N1. The reading will be from 3pm to 4pm on 27th April and there will be time for feedback afterwards.
Tickets are still available and are free, so be sure to get on EventBrite if you would like to see the show.
Please note: the reading is no longer at the Hen & Chickens theatre as previously referred to. Any tickets already reserved are still valid.
Damien Blake has been trying to be a renowned film director ever since they left school. They starts their journey with their three best friends, a bleak outlook of society and a desire to create something important. They ends their journey with only one of these things. Set against the background of rising university fees and rising university pressures, Scenic Reality is about the trials and fears behind moving into the real world and how some of us desperately try to avoid it.
Scenic Reality is coming to the Hope Theatre. On the 27th April 2018, at 3pm, this rehearsed reading will be the first public performance a play that I’ve been working on for a while. Directed by the wonderful Samantha Wright (Co-Founder of New Room Theatre) and with a brilliant cast.
To book tickets, click the link above or below this post. All tickets are free but please only book them once you have confirmed you can come as seating is limited.
Back in August 2016, my short play Starfish was performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. I am now pleased to say that a full recording of that performance is available to watch on YouTube. (English subtitles can be turned on by clicking the button in the bottom right corner of the video.)
After a Christmas party that Kaitlyn would prefer to forget; her girlfriend, Nicola, takes her to the beach to try and get her head back together. However, Kaitlyn discovers that Nicola may have other reasons to keep her from breaking down.
Here’s something to celebrate the new year. I made this game last year as a way of teaching myself how to use Renpy, a free visual novel making program. All of the sound and images were also created by me, or sourced from the public domain. I would really like to do more with video games in the future and, hopefully, tell some more coherent stories. This one is a bit disjointed and experimental but I think I managed to find something unique in it.
You can download the game for free on Window, Mac and Linux on itch.io by following the link below.
When I’m not writing, I also work as a stage manager in the West End. I’ve decided to add the larger productions I’m working on to this blog. This December I’m working as the DSM on a production of The Winter’s Tale at City Lit in Holborn.
Directed by Petina Hapgood, this production features an impressive cast of 19 actors and will be performed on 6th – 9th December in City Lit’s John Lyon’s Theatre. Preview below.
On the 20th – 24th October, actor and charity activist Donald Waugh will host a unique and varied exhibition titled I’MPOSSIBLE. Working with people who have been through homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse, and disabilities through his company Pavement 2 Catwalk, Donald has created a show which will include live performances, filmed documentaries and physical art. As well as stage managing the event, the exihibtion will feature 2 short documentaries made by myself and Abbigayle Bircham about different projects that Donald has organised over the last couple of months.
From the event page:
‘I’MPOSSIBLE’ directed by Donald Waugh also known for his starring role in Bugsy Malone, Grange Hill and Cats.
A thought provoking exploration of Donald’s Journey from Alcohol Abuse to Homelessness to Utter Madness and then spiralling into total chaos.
Through divine intervention and a spiritual awakening Donald was given a second chance, a gift of gratitude and compassion to see the world through new eyes. Whilst homeless and on the streets Donald began to see the talent and value of those who were disadvantaged. Donald spent 3 months working with survivors of homelessness, mental health, addiction and disability clients.
Using recycled materials to create art and fashion. The exhibition highlights thrown away things by thrown away people.
When homelessness, addiction, mental health and disability collide nothing is impossible.
The event will take place at Number 177 in Hoxton, London and tickets will cost £10.83 from EventBrite.