Some of this will appear on the About Me section of the website so you can skip it if you’ve read that. I mean you are probably going to skip it anyway, but I thought it was the best place to start
I am a private person, so this won’t be my life story. It would take too long anyway. I am a writer. I started in theatre. Actually, I started years ago as a child. I mean as an adult I started writing theatre. I began attending drama classes, and when it came a chance to do a showcase, I wrote and then asked if I could do my scene. A bit brave not only asking but especially as we were doing scenes from comedy greats. French and Saunders, Monty Python, Victoria Wood and me. The scene was a roaring success, and the rest is history. That’s not strictly true but when rewriting my life story, why not? What did happen was I was asked to write a full-length play. I did, and this became Wedding Shots. A family drama where people brought their own set of problems to a wedding. It even had a tagline which is not something done in theatre. ‘What do you do if the happiest day of your life is the worst in the life of others?’
A funny thing happened in the process of writing Wedding Shots; I became quite physically ill. That isn’t the funny bit. It just meant that I started writing a darker play called The Dead Wait. I didn’t know I was ill; all I knew was I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to write a happy wedding one. The Dead Wait was set in a waiting room between this life and the next, probably influenced by Satre’s No Exit. I finished Wedding Shots, handed it over and waited six months to show The Dead Wait to others. From there, I started writing more plays and saw other people/groups doing my plays. I decided that maybe I could get my vision across better and started my own theatre company doing original works only. Amaline Theatre went on for seven years.
In the meantime, I started to work in media. I got a place in a prestigious training company here in Wales that only took on a few people a year. I was taken on as a script editor which meant they paid for my training. I was also given training in filming, editing and the industry. I did some really good courses in London, but timing is everything, and the funding cut out about halfway through the training. I did find a few jobs, but the usual avenues become closed because it was the time of the BBC fund cuts, which was having a knock-on effect to all media. I went to find another day job.
Keen to be a bit more ambitious with the theatre company, I changed the name from Amaline Theatre Company to Amaline Theatre Productions. This allowed me to put short films within the plays making it a bit more edgy for the audience, more fun for the actors and a technical nightmare for me. I would film, edit and direct the film on performance nights. I didn’t direct all the plays, so arranging times for filming also became a logistical nightmare. It was stressful but creatively rewarding. However, Doctor Who became huge and prices shot up for prop hire in Cardiff. Then room hire prices rose, and the feedback I was getting was I had to lower the prices because there was a recession on and so it became impossible to breakeven. Something then happened which made it impossible to go on and that finished. I felt it was over and I wasn’t meant to be a writer.
Life went on, but I had this awful nagging in me that I was neglecting that part of myself. I was watching TV and film and thinking that I could add to that, so I went back to writing but this time concentrating on screenwriting. That brings me to here.
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