I’m a freelance musician and writer based in Oxford, UK. Please use the menu to find out about my work, and drop me a line if you’d like to know more—follow the link to the Contact page.
NEW FOR 2021:
TOUCHED—my new novel will be available from Amazon in February
SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN—digital monologues and sonnets from Three Chairs and a Hat
CARTOON MUSICALS—a different kind of musical theatre—see below for some tasters…
One festival, three weeks, 80 shows … Online@theSpaceUK’s virtual fringe festival is a great creative platform for companies unable to perform live at Edinburgh due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Three Chairs and a Hat contributed four videos in August 2020 and two to the January 2021 season—and has had some wonderful feedback.
HAGS and THREE STAGES (featuring Matthew Allison) are running at online.thespaceuk.com until 31st Jan and then on our Three Chairs and a Hat Youtube Channel, where our four summer contributions, are now available to view:
The Singing Lesson
Pamela Drysdale’s Lockdown
We’ll Work Together—Have a look at this short animation, set to a song from ‘Loom to the Moon,’ a musical which I co-wrote with magician Simon Jones to take to children’s hospital wards. If you enjoy it, please consider donating to Blue Skye Thinking, the children’s charity established in memory of Skye Hall. Details via the video link.
During the Covid-19 Lockdown I’ve been running Gurning Gnome’s first video literary festival, gnomefest, featuring short fiction, extracts, monologues and other work, by me and by other writers, new and established. See the Facebook page for more details.
THREE CHAIRS & A HAT - Minimum props, maximum imagination—that's the aim of Three Chairs and a Hat, the team of talented performers and backstage magicians who stage my small-stage musicals and bring my work to life ONE, TWO, THREE, AND … - I'm looking forward to paused and new shows springing back into life, and can't wait to get back into rehearsal rooms, theatre spaces, or even the howling gales and downpours of the outdoor performance. OUTREACH PROJECTS - The dance goes on, as our Oxford Dance for Parkinson's sessions go online to discover characters, themes and music based on Jane Austen's classic novel. READ ALL ABOUT IT! - 'Heartbreaking. Compelling … as beautifully and skillfuly crafted as Nathan's glass collection.' One reader's lovely response to my novel BREAKAGE (and I promise it wasn't me). Available on Amazon and Kindle: click the cover at the foot of the page to get your order in! BECCA - A tribute to my friend and musical soulmate MAKING MUSICALS - Songs, movement, dialogue and drawings—all part of the fun at my workshops at Didcot's Cornerstone Arts Centre, and the Creation Theatre holiday sessions OPERA ON TOUR - The Opera Anywhere team brings Mozart, Puccini, modern opera and Gilbert & Sullivan to new audiences in theatres, schools, cafés and cowsheds across the country LOOM TO THE MOON - A music and magic mash-up in the new Loom to the Moon musical, co-written with Simon Says, who'll be amazing audiences with his wizardry when the show takes to children's wards around the UK in support of charity Blue Skye Thinking ...