We met up with our talented cast on Monday 11th for the photo shoot. The photographer was Simon Annand author of that marvellous book of backstage theatre The Half. Very much looking forward to the results. And to starting rehearsals on Monday.
Yesterday I received the final edit of my Afternoon Drama about John Gray, the model for Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray. Very pleased with how it's sounding. It's a great cast in a very atmospheric production from Abigail le Fleming.
It's broadcasting on Radio 4 at 2.15 pm on Tuesday 26th May so please listen in!
Just finished my work as Dramaturge on Krazy Kat's latest show Mattress,Mattress, a very Scottish version of The Princess and the Pea. A pleasure as always to work with Kinny and the team and it's going to be another great show.
Details of performances and how to book on KK's website.
A really excellent cast for TOLD LOOK YOUNGER now in place - Michael Garner (Jeremy), Robin Hooper (Oliver) and Christopher Hunter (Colin) with Simon Haines playing the Waiter(s). Very much looking forward to rehearsals!
Thank you, Philip Sandifer. Someone understands.
"Tat Wood, in About Time, notes that it is the first story in some time to have no references to previous stories. This is a telling detail that explains at least part of why the story is unloved. The fact of the matter is that Doctor Who has, for several years now, been catering primarily to an audience of fans. Fandom is an exceedingly middle class practice, based as it is on a surplus of leisure time and the disposable income to fritter away on Dapol action figures, Target novelizations, trips to conventions, and other such commercial product. This fact is largely responsible for the maddening sociopathy of mainstream science fiction fandom - it's a self-selected group of reasonably affluent people focused on capitalist production. They are myopic by design. A story about modernism and council estates is, in other words, utterly removed from anything that a fan in the Ian Levine model would ever care about. And to be frank, large numbers of people who talk about Paradise Towers simply don't seem remotely aware the larger literary tradition it fits into. They treat it as a naff runaround with silly concepts. And this inevitably makes it look like a much, much weaker story than it is. Which is fine - Tat Wood's observation of the way in which it breaks from past stories by not catering to fans is telling. This isn't a Doctor Who story for Doctor Who fans. It's a Doctor Who story for the British public - an attempt to think of Doctor Who as an alternative to Coronation Street (which, of course, it was in the McCoy era - directly so).
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