Helloooooo, sorry for silence. Do you know, it's really just a matter of, "Not sure anyone is ever interested!" in what happens in between. It's why I much prefer this platform to twitter or Facebook etc. This is a great site, run by a fantastic lady and well, that's it really.
So back to the matters in hand. I am on a mission this year. I want to achieve new things and break fresh ground. It's starting well on that front. I have a play to tell you about, a TV project and a short film. Blimey. Busy, huh!?
So the play... An Ideal Husband. By this fabulous new writer called Oscar Wilde. There I was in an interview recently saying how I really only want to do new work, and here I am doing Oscar at the Vaudeville. But my reasons are valid. I've never done Wilde as a professional. So new ground. Never worked with either the marvellous Frances Barber or the fantastic Freddie Fox. That's surely enough to do any play. Freddie's daa, Edward seems prepared to put up with me again after The Audience. Not sure of the rest of the cast, but to me it feels like a new play. That's my excuse and I am sticking to it. We're doing a short run at the Vaudeville theatre, directed by Jonathan Church as part of Dominic Dromgoole's Wilde season. Just about everything about it is exciting for me. Big nerves of course, but that's part of my make-up.
Next is the TV, which I actually don't want to talk about too much, as I don't want to jinx it. It's a project I have had for quite a while and is my first official Exec Producing role. More nerves being jangled but in such a great co-producing partnership and with such a terrific writer that I am keeping all fingers and toes crossed. I will tell more when things are signed and sealed.
The short film is becoming my main focus, certainly until I start the play. It is called "Annabel Lee" and has been written by Angel, my eldest daughter, and is to be directed by Xenia Taylor, who I met working on the film in India. Both are immense talents. Huge. And I proudly announce that. I look forward to the day when I can quote this page and say, "I told you so!" It's a vision of an Edgar Allen Poe poem of the same name. It's a beautiful take on it and with the cast and crew that are being assembled, I think should be a great example of the British Short Film industry. My next step, as an ACTUAL producer, is to find some money. Eeeek. It maybe that I write my next piece on this website with a plea for investment. We'll see. Never crowd-funded before, but there's always a first time.
Love and Luck to all,