• A playwright’s guide to surviving your first play

    September 16, 2018 Blog

    It’s 2:45am on Sunday 16th September, and my maiden play has completed its first week at Barons Court Theatre. As tired as I am, I’m unable to sleep due to the many different feelings and emotions racing through my mind: fatigue, pride, accomplishment, excitement, worry – too many to mention, almost too many to mention.

    To any writer considering working on their first play, do it. It’s a wonderful education, and one that rivals any course …

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  • Bat Out of Hell – Theatre Review

    September 4, 2018 Blog

    Note: This is an analytical review which, by its very nature, includes spoilers.

    Whenever I attend musicals that are based on the work of famous bands or artists, I always enter the theatre with a touch of trepidation. The fear is that the producers of the show have relied too heavily on the strength of the original artist, subjecting the audience to over two hours of songs sang by (no offence) inferior artists. The result of …

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  • The BAME Game

    August 1, 2018 Blog

    In recent years there have been several heated debates over the quality of roles written for BAME actors. The Oscars in 2015 were dominated by stories and studies discussing why the Oscars are so heavily skewed in favour of white actors and filmmakers. Ever since, it has become almost inevitable that each ceremony will be sidetracked by campaigns such as #whitewashed and #OscarsSoWhite.

    As the months and years roll by, such tensions show little sign of …

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  • Flight of the Conchords

    May 14, 2018 Blog

    Being that I’ve always been a huge fan of Flight of the Conchords, I was as upset as anyone to hear that the chances of a third season were slim.

    It was several years ago that I wrote the initial FOTC spec. I did it partly because I had every intention of working with HBO in the future, so every spec I have that covers their projects, I feel, is a useful tool. It certainly can’t …

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  • MI LI5E – A Jody Medland Novel

    February 18, 2018 Blog

    Thank you so much for visiting this page. I wasn’t sure if anybody would, so you’re already something of a hero in my eyes.

    My name’s Jody Medland, and for those who don’t know me, I moonlight as both a writer and a talent agent. My first official novel was The Moors, which was released in 2015, but just before that, I wrote an action / thriller, titled MI LI5E.

    The reason I never released MI LI5E …

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  • Publicity still from the BBC's drama, The Miniaturist

    The Miniaturist: How the BBC butchered a modern classic

    January 3, 2018 Blog

    Having read Jessie Burton’s unique and refreshing tale earlier in 2017, news that the BBC had chosen it as one of their annual Christmas adaptations stirred a strong mixture of nervousness and excitement within me. Excitement because if the adaptation was successful, we were all in for a real television treat, but nervousness because I couldn’t help but feel the production was being rushed.

    News that Anya-Taylor Joy had been cast as Nella Oortman filled me …

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  • Actor Awareness: The Story So Far . . .

    December 14, 2017 Blog

    For those of you who don’t currently have Actor Awareness on your radar, myself, Tom Stocks and Stephanie Silver all braved the cold last weekend to slurp on some glorious lattes and talk about how the company was formed, how they’re progressing, and what they’ve got up their sleeve for 2018.

    Where did the idea of Actor Awareness come from?

    Tom: It actually started as a hashtag to help bring awareness to the challenges working class actors …

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  • The use of “correct English” in creative works

    December 10, 2017 Blog

    The argument over whether punctuation and grammar could, and should, be enforced in scripts and literary works is an interesting one, and my personal viewpoint has shifted somewhat over the years.

    When looking at the history of English, it appears that the Victorian’s were the true enforcers of how language should be used, and social ousting’s would be handed to anyone who dared to use contractions, or begin sentences with conjunctions (connecting words like and, but, …

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  • A memorable year for “Actor Awareness”

    December 5, 2017 Blog

    TO SOME, IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT that came at the incredible price of just £7. To industry peeps in the know, they moved fast to grab their complimentary ticket courtesy of their Spotlight membership, knowing they’d be seeing some of the hottest acting talent in London. And to Tom Stocks – founder of Actor Awareness – and his dedicated peer, Stephanie Silver, it was the perfect way to end what’s been a stand-out …

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  • What Pen Works Media looks for in a submission

    How Pen Works Media reviews new book submissions

    August 16, 2017 Blog

    As a publisher, the question I probably get asked most is “what type of submissions are you looking for?” and really, it’s a difficult thing to answer. Firstly, let’s clarify a bit of a myth.

    A mistake writers often make is thinking they’re more likely to get published by a small publishing company. I do get the logic in believing the submissions process will be less competitive than at a major publisher, but in actual fact, …

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