All Of The Above

My short film None Of The Above (produced by BrotherBrother and directed by Yaz Al-Shaater) continues its run of awards this week.

The work has just won Best Micro Short at the Lit Laughs International Comedy Film Festival. The Festival took place this July in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

**November 2021 update: the film has now won 9 awards at different festivals**

The film has now picked up the following awards and commendations (which I’ll update if it gets more):

Best Film

We’ve just heard that An Admin Worker At The End Of The World (the short film I wrote with Yaz and Haz Al-Shaater) has just won Best Film at the 2021 Buxton Festival Fringe.

The film was showing throughout this month, along with three other very-short films, including None Of The Above, which I also wrote.

Although the films have been shown at virtual film festivals during the pandemic, this was the first time most of them had been in front of a live audience and it’s great to see people were happy to turn out again to live cinema.

Podcast festivals

Adventure Department – the audio comedy series I write with Yaz Al-Shaater and Michael Grady-Hall – will be reaching a wider audience as it has won a place at a number of film festivals.

The festivals appear to be staying online-only this year but these have included a small podcast section to their programme which it’s very nice to be included in.

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You can catch-up on Series One of the comedy series at advdept.uk 

We’ll be recording a second series at the end of July :-)

Online Nonsense

I’m very excited to announce that Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company are going to be producing an online production of my play Nonsense And Sensibility. I wrote the play for the company in 2016 and it had a brief run at the Arts Theatre, London before a brief tour to Buxton and Malvern.

It’s going to be performed by La Sykes and Yaz Al-Shaater and I can’t wait to see how they transfer the Austen farce to Zoom.

It’s going to be performed live online on 25 & 26 March. You can read more and book tickets from https://www.aiawtc.com/nonsense-and-sensibility-online

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Merry Christmas Special

Merry (but weird) Christmas to you all.

To celebrate/distract from this bizarre time of year, my theatre company Three’s Company have created a Christmas Special of our comedy show Adventure Department. It’s a Christmas Carol / Dracula / Frankenstein mash-up and involves the Adventure Department heroes attempting to find the true meaning of Christmas.

It also involves an mysterious man cancelling Christmas, which we felt would resonate when we wrote it but has ended up being rather more relevant than we expected…

You can listen to the episode here nowadventuredepartment.uk/#xmas

Or listen to the whole Adventure Department back catalogue here: adventuredepartment.uk

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Some Of The Above

Pleased to hear that my short film None Of The Above (produced by BrotherBrother, directed by Yaz Al-Shaater) has won Best Dark Comedy at the Houston Comedy Film Festival. It was also one of the Finalists in the International Micro Film category. See here for the full list.

The film has also made the official selection for the Leeds Fantasy & Horror Short Film Competition at the Leeds International Film Festival this November. If you’re in Leeds, you can buy tickets to watch the film in-person at the cinema (coronavirus-permitting) on 13 and 15 November 2020. Just click here: https://www.leedsfilm.com/whats-on/fanomenon-horror-shorts/none-of-the-above/ (You can also watch the trailer there…

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Let the adventures begin!

I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new comedy series – Three’s Company’s Adventure Department – written with Yaz Al-Shaater and Michael Grady-Hall. It sees three unlikely heroes called to go on a series of adventures – in a different genre each episode – and features the voices of (among others) Rufus Hound, Les Dennis, Youssef Kerkour and Caroline Quentin.

There are five episodes in the first season. The first two are launched this Friday (3 July) with the others following each fortnight after that.

You can find them all at AdventureDepartment.uk – or any podcast directory. Or for up-to-the-minute info, follow us on Twitter @threescompany #AdventureDepartment

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Three’s Company’s Adventure Department

With lockdown taking over, I’ve been working frantically on a new webseries I’m writing with Yaz Al-Shaater and Michael Grady-Hall – my co-producers at Three’s Company. Three’s Company’s Adventure Department sees the three of us present a no-holds-barred discussion on life in theatre today, which is sadly interrupted each episode by someone needing us to go on a genre-based adventure.

Series one (currently in editing) features adventures through the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, muder mystery, film noir and zombies. It stars ourselves and an exciting line-up of guest-stars including Rufus Hound, Caroline Quentin and Les Dennis.

Expect a release date this summer :-)

The Act Of Union with Caroline Quentin

On Monday, we held an industry-reading of my latest play The Act Of Union at Southwark Playhouse.

It starred Caroline Quentin, John Hodgkinson, Ashlea Kaye and Joel Samuels with Jan Shepherd reading stage directions.TAOU reading still

 

Huge thanks to Southwark Playhouse, Yaz Al-Shaater, Michael Grady-Hall and La Sykes.