I’m delighted to say that I am now represented as a writer by Sara Moore and Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates. As a scriptwriter I’m writing for television and the theatre and also writing non-fiction, articles and opinion pieces for printed and online media.
I’m also delighted to say that I continue to be represented as an actor and a director by my buddies at Macfarlane Chard.
Today I launched my script consultancy service, Primetime.
I’ve been in script development since 1987 and have taught script-writing for the last ten years. Teaching in a university made me realise that I really do know some stuff about scriptwriting and that I really am pretty good at helping others to develop their writing to be the best it can be.
If you want some simple feedback on a script, treatment or idea, or if you want detailed guidance through a longer process of development then I could be your man.
More details and prices here.
I’m delighted to be working with my little sister, Rachel Jury, on her participatory musical project, The Gates.
Rachel’s company, ConFab, based in Glasgow, is one of the leading participatory arts companies in Scotland. She creates participatory theatre to the highest standards by using key professional cast and crew to nurture and guide large casts of community enthusiasts.
The Gates is a large-scale participatory theatre project for the LGBT community that has been performed very successfully in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The project was inspired by the story of, The Gateway, a gay club that opened in 1931 in the basement of a shop on the Kings Road in London. For 50 years ‘The Gates’ provided a secret safe-haven for the LGBT community until its closure in 1985.
In 2018 ConFab is hoping to bring the project to Manchester, Brighton and London and I’m working with Rachel as a Producer to help set that tour up. So keep your eyes peeled for The Gates, coming your way in 2018!
Well, well, well. There’s a turn up for the books! I’m going to be back on the Telly as an actor! I’ve got a really nice guest part in an episode of the BBC’s Holby City. Filming mid-November. Wish me luck!
Over the summer my company Public Domain has been developing an innovative, on-line, multi-media, educational resource based on my play The Liberty Tree. The project is designed to provide resources that will introduce 16-25 year olds to the history of the battles for justice, freedom and equality that continue to be fought today.
Over the summer I was working with my neighbour in South Warwickshire, Will Hanrahan, of First Look TV, writing and directing some of the dramatised inserts for his documentary series for UKTV channel, Really, Nurses Who Kill.
Monday 14th Sep was the night of the first public outing of my new play, Nadya, about Stalin’s wife… and what a night it was.
A packed house of friends, family and industry folk responded with effusive enthusiasm for both the play and the magnificent reading by the distinguished cast.
It was a tribute to everyone involved how quickly a ‘company’ sensibility developed and for me the whole day just ‘felt right’.
The actual performance was slick and professional but funny, powerful and moving in equal measure.
The response of the audience to both the play and the performance was universally positive, not to say effusive.
My only frustration is that now we know it really works it will be so disappointing if we can’t take it further.
Thanks again to everyone involved; it was a magical day for me and one I will treasure forever.
SOME PHOTOS OF THE CAST IN ACTION
Exec Producer: Colin Blumenau
Producer: Lizzie Franks/Nerine Skinner
Director: Sarah Meadows
Nadya Michelle Terry
Stalin Stephen Tompkinson
Baba Phyllis Logan
Uncle Abel Yenukidze Shaun Prendergast
Sergo Ordzhonikidze Dominic Mafham
Vecha Molotov Rupert Holiday Evans
Marshal Kliment Vorishilov David Robb
Nikolai Bukharin Jamie Foreman
Nikita Khrushchev Alistair Donegan
Sasha Andreyev Adam Thompson
Polina Molotov Chloe Massey
Zinaida Ordzhonikidze Kathryn O’Reilly
Ekaterina Voroshilov Lizzie Roper
Kristina Vadimovna Alice Fernandez
Elena Fyodorovich Nicola Coughan
Stage Directions Julie Teal