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I’m back!

Filed under: Random Musings — Gina @ 09:37

That’s me back from The Smoke (as we provincials call that thriving metropolis that is London), and also back from whatever nonsense has been happening to WordPress for the last few days – many apologies if you haven’t been able to access this blog.

My rehearsed reading? Awesome! The King’s Head had found me a great Director and really lovely/talented group of actors to play with. When I walked in for rehearsals and saw them all sitting there I had a sudden realisation that they were there to play my characters and it was so cool to look and think ‘Oh, so that’s what Zoe and Emma look like’ etc. It was also great to listen to the Director talking to the actors – so exciting when she was saying exactly what I had intended.

The downside? There are more holes in my script than a Swiss cheese! Sitting in my room reading aloud at home it all sounded great. Sitting with an audience watching it being read straight through – not so much. The good thing though is that this time I could also see all the good things I’d written as well as the things that didn’t work and left feeling very up whereas last time, at Offcut, all I could focus on was the mistakes and left feeling pretty depressed. All that excitement and a bit of personal growth – what more can you ask for?

My piece of advice for you today – I was terribly efficient with my reading and about 4 weeks ago invited all the London new writing venues I could think of (you know – Soho, 503 etc) but none turned up whereas I only rang The Royal Court the week before and someone did come from their Literary Department. My thought is that maybe don’t send your invites too early because then you might get forgotten. Leave it until a week or two before and then they’ll still have you in mind when they organise their viewing week. This isn’t gospel, mind you, just my opinion – for all I know they might all hate me really and, while I was in Islington, they were all having a ‘bring your new script and we’ll put it on for you’ party at the Nash.

Paranoid much?

I now have 10 minutes to get to work, and I want a quick look at the play I’ve been writing since December. December! I’m sooooooo slooooooow! But I’m just coming to the end of the first draft so that’s good. I then need to rewrite the first chapter of my book because everyone keeps telling me I’ve started it in the wrong place. Anyone who tells you to ‘Begin at the beginning. Work through the middle and stop when you reach the end’ you now need to say ‘But where is the beginning?’

That could be a new philosophy for life. Maybe I should write a book about it.

And don’t forget your Newsjack sketches.

Happy writing one and all. X



  1. Sounds like an amazing experience. Did you get any feedback from the Royal Court? What were the main sort of differences you found between your play as a text and hearing it out loud?

    Comment by loutreleaven — 17/03/2014 @ 10:23 | Reply

    • Hi Lou,

      Yes, I emailed the woman who came the next day and she very kindly gave me some notes and advice.

      I read everything I write out loud so that I can hear it but, invariably, I start prodding, poking and rewriting so I never actually just sit back and listen. I’m so busy looking at individual words/sentences that I never just get an over view of the whole thing. When I was listening I even tried to not pick up the pen because as soon as I’m looking at the minutiae again it distracts me from the whole. I’m now trying to think how I can find a group of actors to read my current project before I start sending it iout nto the World.

      Many congratulations on your playwriting successes by the way.

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 17/03/2014 @ 12:56 | Reply

  2. Great experience, Gina. Royal Court, no less. By the way I sent GeorgieBean an email about a possible day of tech work for my reading at the Salberg 1st Jun. Is that email correct?

    Comment by John Yates — 22/03/2014 @ 11:45 | Reply

  3. Just wanted to congratulate you on a great blog and a great resource for writers. I’ve added a link to my blog about my writing; Are you on Twitter as well?

    Comment by philmansell — 02/04/2014 @ 14:05 | Reply

    • Thanks for lovely comments, Phil, although I feel this year time has not been my friend so I’m constantly playing catch up. I am on Twitter as @beanie345 but mostly as a lurker than a tweeter. Hope your play goes well.


      Comment by Gina — 03/04/2014 @ 18:21 | Reply

  4. Gina, just wanted to say hi again, and thank you for your blogs and calendar. It has been invaluable to me, and a great reference point, as well as being an entertaining and enlightening read. Just keep going because, as I am finding out, you can get there. It just takes loads and loads of hard work, effort, tears and alcohol. This is me – thought it might inspire you the way you help to inspire others 🙂 xx

    Comment by Ian Townsend — 08/04/2014 @ 23:07 | Reply

    • Many congratulations, Ian, and a great blog post. I do sometimes feel like giving up but when you love doing something so much it really doesn’t feel like hard work so I’ve got to keep going.
      Let us know when they record your play.

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 10/04/2014 @ 14:29 | Reply

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