I had a meeting today with a friend of mine who runs a youth drama group. He has asked me to come up with a script for about five-six characters, something upbeat, which will last for approximately fifteen minutes or in writer's terms, eleven sides of A4.
I'm quite chuffed about this.
There is no financial gain before you ask but what it does present is a chance to show myself and others what I can do and see it played out in front of an audience. I have known this chap for ten years plus, he's been an active member of the local amateur dramatics during that time and when he mentioned a year or two ago that he thought eleven to sixteen year old would benefit from a group of their own which he would run, I took a certain amount of interest but no more than that. It's his thing, like trying to write is mine. We have a lot in common on many levels, his kids attend the same school as our eldest, but we don't tread on each other's artistic toes.
Thinking about it now as I write this it seems ridiculous to me that we didn't venture down this road before now. We've had many conversations in the past about books and writing etc, but never put our heads together on a combined project. I'm looking forward to the challenge and the hands on experience of seeing my words brought to life in fact ideas are already starting to flow. I've been so busy concerning myself with trying to come up with the next big thing in terms of writing that a golden opportunity almost slipped through my fingers. Even Alan Bennett had to start somewhere and so I'm more than happy, honoured, to make my start right here on the doorstep.