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Listen: Karen Bartholomew explains the Paint-By-Numbers Point on the Six-Pack podcast

Karen Bartholomew is my guest on episode 16 of The Schenectady Six-Pack, the podcast where we apply the golden rule of writing to the question writers dread.

You can stream the episode now on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, or subscribe to the podcast feed to get new episodes delivered automatically.

Kickstarted by prompts from @silvanhistorian and @Duncan_Gates on Twitter, we talk about comedy writing, the differences between personal projects and corporate commissions, and how to avoid getting bored by your own work before you finish it.

Karen’s play¬†God’s Waiting Room – an end-of-life comedy – will be performed at the Etcetera Theatre in August as part of the Camden Fringe.

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On the TV Crossover Universe podcast: Carnacki and Lovecraft and Gormenghast, oh my

I’m on the latest episode of the Television Crossover Universe podcast, hosted by Robert E Wronski Jr and James Bojaciuk.

Listen to the episode/subscribe to the podcast at the Television Crossover Universe website.

The team booked me for the podcast pretty much solely on the strength of Audience with the Ghost Finder, because in the play I mash up WH Hodgson’s Outer Circle with HP Lovecraft’s Dreamlands. That’s the only thing I’ve written that really qualifies as a crossover, but the team were super welcoming and enthusiastic anyway, and let me ramble on about everything else I’m working on as well.

That meant I got to officially announce something that’s been keeping me busy for a fair few months, but which has been top secret up until very recently: Blackshaw Theatre (who produced Audience with the Ghost Finder on the London fringe in 2013) are reviving their stage adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast: Titus Groan this year, and they’ve brought me in as a script editor.

I’ve been itching to have my way with the Gormenghast: Titus Groan script since I saw it performed in Covent Garden years ago: it’s a beautiful adaptation, but it ran at something like three and a half hours long, and I was positive I could help tighten that up and really solidify the many, many characters’ journeys for the audience at the same time. Well, Ellie Pitkin, the company’s Managing and Artistic Director, let me put my money where my mouth is, and with the help of Richard Stratton (one of the original writers) and Vikki Weston (Blackshaw’s Strategy and Planning Manager, acting as project manager for the new adaptation), we now have a new draft that’s oh-so-very-nearly ready for a table read.

Funding permitting, the Gormenghast: Titus Groan revival will run at the Battersea Library for five weeks in November and December this year. (Yes, a story about book-burning, staged in a library. I love it too.)

Also on the podcast, I sort of publicly committed myself to finally finishing Stuck on Repeat, aka That Damn Novel, in 2016. So there’s that.

Festive fear to download and keep

‘Tis the season to huddle together inside, away from the harsh weather, and tell each other scary stories. Hallowe’en may own the spectacular scares, but Christmas is the time for hushed, furtive, spooky storytelling.

So good news, fear fans: Blackshaw’s Scare Slam is now available in podcast form, just in time for us all to lock our doors, plug in our headphones, shut out the everyday world and take a cautious stroll somewhere … other.

Listen, download the episode and/or subscribe to the Blackshaw Arts Hour podcast over at Podbean.

The episode includes my first attempt at live spoken word storytelling (without notes or anything!), plus Schenectady Six-Pack podcast alumni Richard Stratton (talking about a true-life series of unsettling experiences), Hel Gurney (with an extract from Red Hoods and Glass Slippers) and Duncan Gates (compèring).

If you subscribe, you’ll also get the regular Blackshaw Arts Hour once a fortnight, which usually includes me talking about a recent movie release with host Iasha Chapman.

Listen: the Six-Pack podcast goes punk with Richard Cabut

Richard Cabut is my guest on episode 15 of The Schenectady Six-Pack, the podcast where we apply the golden rule of writing to the question writers dread.

You can stream the episode now on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, or subscribe to the podcast feed to get new episodes delivered automatically.

We talk all around Richard’s varied career, drawing parallels between his work covering punk rock at the NME and his current interest in short plays (the most punk dramatic format around?), all kicked into gear by prompts from @toasted_cheese, @HollyCortelyou, @KLMwriter and @RachaelCMarek on Twitter.

Phil Boothman from episode 7 also pops in for a cameo; he needs your backing for The Superhero Initiative, the successor to So You’re A Superhero (which he talked about on the episode). It’s a busy week for Schenectady Six-Pack alumni – Duncan Gates from episode 11 is hosting Blackshaw’s Scare Slam this Wednesday above the Horse and Stables pub in Lambeth, London. I’ll be there trying my hand at live storytelling for the first time – come along if you’re in town!

 

 

Episode notes

Keep up with Richard on Twitter @richardcabut.

Affinity – an anthology (67 Press): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013D46FS0/

Zer0 Books (soon to publish Modernity Killed Every Night): http://www.zero-books.net/

Listen: Duncan Hands breaks the Six-Pack podcast in twain

Duncan Hands is my guest on episode 13 of The Schenectady Six-Pack, the podcast where we apply the golden rule of writing to the question writers dread.

You can stream the episode now on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, or subscribe to the podcast feed to get new episodes delivered automatically.

The cafe where we were recording closed earlier than I expected, so this episode has a brief interval – after which we talk about where to put the interval when writing a play. We also cover Ernest Hemingway’s manly bumcheeks (too manly for sitting!) and Duncan’s possibly controversial opinion of Oscar Wilde, all sparked off by prompts from Hel Gurney, @NITHwritingcomp, @WriteDivas and @AbamSlight.

Have a listen to the episode now:

 

 

Notes

Keep up with Duncan online at http://duncanhandslightingdesign.weebly.com and on Twitter @D_J_Hands.

Find the European Arts Company at http://www.europeanarts.co.uk. Their production of The Picture of Dorian Gray is touring the UK from 22 September until 31 October.