It's been a good few weeks.

My short play SWEET ENGINEERING OF THE LUCID MIND has been accepted for the OFFCUT FESTIVAL at The Old Red Lion in Islington. Perfromances will be on Wednesday 22nd, Friday 24th and Sunday 26th September at 7.45pm and on Saturday 25th September at 3pm. It's a short, fifteen minute piece - along with five other such works - and the audience will decide which plays go forward to the next round!

Please go along and decide for yourself! SWEET ENGINEERING OF THE LUCID MIND tackles an issue that is very close to my heart, performing music therapy as I do, in care homes and hospices - the issue of 'care at home'. But I hope it does so in an entertaining way.

It also appears that my full-length one-woman show,THE REAL TRINITY COLEBRIGHT , will be showcased in London in October. More on that later.

Meanwhile, the band, MOVEABLE FEAST, is enjoying a great summer. Check us out through the links page.

6th April 2011 12.17pm

A big thank you to everyone who participated ina nd attended SWEET ENGINEERING OF THE LUCID MIND at The hen and Chickens Theatre last week. In particular to Debra Baker and Simon Nicholas who shone in their performances, to Alison Convey for her brilliant and subtle direction, to John for his diligent stage management, to Kit nairne and Michael Rollins for their effective and ingenious lighting and set designs respectively, to Daniel and Nick and Trudy and all at InCompany for making the whole thing possible, to Mark and everyone at The Hen and Chickens for their friendly front of house and behind the bar services and to everyone who attended the play as part of the audience and helped to make it such a memorable experience for all involved.

Myself and the team who produced SWEET ENGINEERING OF THE LUCID MIND are hoping to take the play on to another venue for a longer run. To promote the show, we shall be using a video of last week's performances [a big thank you to Crispin Coghill for this], the script itself, some wonderful dress rehearsal photos [thanks to Aam Levy for this], and two online reviews that have already appeared on www.oughttobeclowns.blogspot.com and www.matthewman.net . All comments, crits and personal observations would be useful and welcome on our Facebook pages.

When I won the Best Writing Award at last year's Offcut festival with the fifteen minute version of SWEET ENGINEERING OF THE LUCID MIND, I wasn't at all sure the subject matter of early onset dementia and the interplay of a disabled husband and his caring wife would sustain a full eighty minutes in the theatre. In the event, I think we proved that the piece is not only effective but also relevant and important in highlighting the onerous burden and difficulties endured by isolated carers with minimal (and shrinking) state and soical support. When we put the production on for a longer run, I would hope to liasse with various mental disability, dementia and alzheimer organisations to underline this aspect of the play and perhaps contribute in some modest way to a broader public understanding of the issues.

Meanwhile may I again express my profound thanks to everyone involved in the production.

26th September 2013 2.19pm

Back from this year's Edinburgh Festival since August 25th. Still feel like I'm landing. Getting used to the 'normal' routine of gigs after three weeks of 'One Man Banned'!

Working on a the new cabaret line up for Mitch feral and The Moveable Feast. Go to www.mfmf.co for further details.

May 2014


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