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15 Jun 2017

Arcade Fire and the subdued reception in Belfast: A study in the radio-industrial complex.

𝔚hen Arcade Fire decide to call it a day, they will be hailed as the most influential band of the early 21st Century, so when Belfast music lovers look back on their performance at Belsonic 2017, they may do so with a hint of embarrassment. Similar to the legend that Led Zeppelin debuted Stairway to Heaven in the Ulster Hall (only to be almost booed off the stage - they are trying to erase that part from the brochures), Belsonic's opening night might find it gathers up quite a few phantom attendees in the next few decades.

9 Jan 2011

First draft of Sitting Up for Michael completed

This week I reached a personal milestone, having completed my first full play, Sitting Up for Michael (I mentioned it before). It is a small drama set during the sit up of a wake, exploring relationships between people during a bereavement.

I am going to send it around the theatre companies with dramaturgs in the city, and the reading group at Fringe Benefits, and try to get as much feedback as possible.

This is certainly a positive way to enter 2011, and with writing workshops at the end of January, and I am going to try to submit scripts for the BBC NI PrimeTime Competition (a comedy/drama about university freshers in halls), and BBC's Laughing Stock competition (an improved version of M'Learned Friends, my lawyer sitcom). Perhaps my writing could provide my break.

30 May 2010

Extra on Christopher and His Kind

Today I had my second day on set on the Mammoth Productions TV film of Christopher Isherwood's memoir Christopher and his Kind. It is a BBC production, with a big budget, and Matt Smith (the new Doctor Who) as Isherwood, and is directed by Geoff Sax.

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It's great getting a first person perspective on the set for a big period production, especially since it's set over three different decades of the 20th Century. The crew are all incredibly professional, and my fellow extras are very disciplined, and are always entertaining to be with (which helps in a sixteen hour callout).

Obviously, my intention is to be in the main cast for productions like this, but every step is a positive one, and I look forward to this screening in the winter.