Tag: USW

The Second Coming

I was genuinely excited to be back in Cardiff at the beginning of the month because it meant I was starting the 2nd year of my masters at the University of South Wales. I’ve said it several times now but I’ve honestly never been as happy to be back in college (I’ve enjoyed many different courses over the years but…

Horror, Hoarding, and HIV

My plan was to have a rough but complete draft of a stage play written by the end of September, based on my adaption. This hasn’t happened. Why? I simply didn’t do it; there are plenty of reasons why but it still boils down to the fact that I didn’t do it. That’s not to say that I won’t- I…

The Break That Broke

It started off with a crack in a shower tray. Fairly innocuous. Noticeable only to a barefoot bather; a sensation of slight roughness against the otherwise smooth ceramic. “Must get that fixed” I thought to myself, presuming it to be a straightforward out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new job. “If the shower tray is being replaced, maybe I should get the entire suite replaced”.…

Adeptly Adapting

Barring the results of my Adaptation module, I’m now finished the first year of my MA Scriptwriting at the University of South Wales.  Such a sense of relief to have the final assignment (and the toughest to date) handed in. After taking a weekend off, I’ve already started to work on completing my theatre piece; the basic structure is in…

The Great Mind of a Fool

Less than a week remains before I submit my adaptation. At present, I’m on the 4th draft of my treatment and the 2nd draft of the play itself. The play, as it currently stands, is a skeleton on which I need to add some flesh. The whole story is there but each scene and every character needs further development. In particular,…

Morcheeba were right: it’s all Part of the Process

What a month May has been. The writers’ retreat at Gregynog Hall came and went, leaving me in a state of perplexion. It was a wonderful weekend and I truly learnt a lot but it took me a while to process it all (and I probably still am). My short script was at the fore for most of the retreat,…

The Science of The Art

The last two weeks have seen me really try my best to get into my adaptation, with varying degrees of success. At present, I’m happy. Well, happier. Okay- I’m not clinically depressed about it, so there’s definitely been an improvement. The treatment for my adaptation is now well underway, as well as writing some dialogue for specific scenes as I…

Back on track

Arriving in Cardiff last weekend I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was anxious regarding my adaptation piece, primarily because I had lots of questions and very few answers; such as what IS this story about? Through speaking with my tutor and actually hearing the concept out loud, I surprised myself by answering many of my own (and my…

Obviously, it’s my mother’s fault

I’m struggling. Adaptation is hard. This was meant to be the “easy” module, or at least I’d convinced myself that it would be. Find a good story. One that I like. One that’s already been written, where someone has done all the hard work, and hey presto, the script basically writes itself. These were the naive thoughts that filled my…

Y Kant Cody Read*

With the third weekend of my MA complete, the realisation that I’m halfway through the first year of the course is beginning to set in.  I’ve just arrived home to Dublin and this is usually the time when I flake out beside the fire with a nice cup of tea and regale my Jack Russell, Cody, with the highlights of…