While some writers bring characters to life through short stories, poems and novels, my preferred medium is the stage. I love the intimacy of theatre, the intensity of drama and the challenge of creating character and plot through dialogue alone.
The following are just a few of the many plays I have written over the years. If you’d like to read a full script, please visit the publisher’s website or drop me a line.
Seven Stages of an Affair
See a taster of Seven Stages in this excellent showreel, featuring Debbie Christie, the actress who originally played Caroline, and Chris Lyne.
Published by Samuel French in 2003, ‘Seven Stages of an Affair’ is a witty two-hander. Told through 14 monologues and seven duologues, it reveals the different stages of an affair from ‘temptation’ and ‘transgression’ through to the inevitable ending. Read Metro review.
“I don’t know if I was in love with Tony or just in love with the person I became when I was with him.”
To Have and To Hold
Following the sudden death or her father, Susan rushes home to help her mother and aunt with the funeral arrangements. But such intimate periods in life can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. Published in 2004 by Samuel French.
“Forty years I lived with him and in all that time I never made him as happy as she did in one night.”
Newspaper agony aunt, Ingrid, has had enough of playing second fiddle to the war correspondents and celebrity columnists. However, a new boyfriend, 10 years her junior, and a career as a life-coach bring a bigger set of problems. Published by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2012.
“My name is INGRID!”
Bank Holiday Monday and Other Ways to Kill A Marriage
Jake and Pippa are stranded in the pouring rain on the M25 on a bank holiday Monday with a hungry baby, a flat battery and no changing bag. Things can only get better. Can’t they? Published by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2013.
“God, that is truly vomit inducing. Rain or no rain, I’m opening the windows.”
Harry and his girlfriend Amy are at a theme park with Harry’s best friend Colin. Amy is not happy about Colin’s presence, and Colin doesn’t see why he should give way to Amy. Harry gives them both an ultimatum. Published by Lazy Bee Scripts in 2015.
“Am I or am I not the woman who lets you visit the parts of her body that only her mother and the school nurse have ever seen?”
Read more about plays for performance at Drama Groups.