It’s been a while. I had another baby, wrote a lot, struggled to balance everything, lost my mind to anxiety for a while, rebalanced things….
… and throughout all this I DID NOT BLOG.
I just didn’t want to.
And then suddenly today, I’m writing this.
I wanted to draw up a list of my top ten London cafes to write in, and then I started to think of the other things that I wanted to tell you about….
So many things have happened. For example my friends Ben and Nathan got married in the form of a musical for Channel Four.
I was best woman. It was deeply moving, and hilarious and nerve-wracking and something that no one who was part of will ever forget. The bit which stays with me the most bit is Andy Bell’s reworking of A Little Respect.
Ben is Benjamin Till, a brilliant WORD FOR LOTS OF THINGS who has written a new musical, Brass, which is premiering with the NYMT at the City Varieties in Leeds. I’m dramaturg which basically means I get to cast an outside eye over his wonderful script. It’s a brilliant piece of work, a First World War story about a brass band who get sent to the frontline and the women they leave behind. You can find out about the show here…
Dylan and I went to visit our dear friends Steve and Waidehi in Philadelphia and managed to fit in a 3 day trip to New York with the kids. Whilst there I had a BRIEF MOMENT OF BEING A GROWNUP and went to see this…
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!!! I am a huge fan of Hedwig, and have been ever since I saw the movie many years ago. My favourite song is Wig in a Box which you can have a look at here.
That’s the movie version. When they played it on stage I nearly cried with happiness. Neil Patrick Harris rocked. The show was an unbridled joy from beginning to end.
I’ve been working with the original Hedwig, actor/writer/director/amazing human being John Cameron Mitchell and producer extraordinaire Howard Gertler for a few years on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties which is finally ready (the script at any rate!) The development process has been a pure delight and I hope to tell you good news about the production soon.
Other things you might like to know:
….. I’m writing a novel. I started getting into prose fiction for children when Dylan and I began writing Christmas stories for our nephews and nieces. Now I’ve turned one of those short stories (Lily’s) into a whole novel. I’m thrilled and excited to be doing it. It’s such a different skill to screenwriting and it’s hard work, but it’s worth it because when it’s finished it will be a wonderful thing that I’ve created and children will read and (hopefully) find inspiring. And it will be mine. All mine. I’m going to test it out on my nieces, nephews and children. If I can survive that critique, I’m ready for anything.
…… Photographer extraordinaire Gabrielle Motola always introduces me to new worlds, just as she did this week when we went to see this man draw Tank Girl live on the roof of Rockwell House.
Really inspiring. It made me want to collaborate on some comics.
…… Afterwards we went to see Samaris play Birthdays. They were wonderful and fey and a bit disturbing just like a living Icelandic fairytale should be. Go and take a look.
Well now I’ve written so much I’ll have to save the coffee shops for next time.
Oh, and this week I played a trumpet for the first time ever. It sounded terrible. It made me feel wonderful. I hired it. All this time I’ve secretly longed to be a ginger Louis Armstrong. Sorry in advance to the neighbours…