Too many crumbs

When we started discussing Power of Invention, I knew I wanted to write a female character but as the Lunar Society didn’t allow women to join, or even take part in their meetings, I knew it was probably going to be a tough call. I then read about 18th century scientist LADY CATHERINE WRIGHT who’dContinue reading “Too many crumbs”

Power of Invention cast announced!

We are delighted to introduce our wonderful all female cast for Power of Invention. Come on down to Soho House and meet Birmingham’s famous Lunar Society – some of the greatest thinkers in history… Adaya Henry Adaya is an actor, Spoken word artist, facilitator and proud Brummie. In 2018 she went viral with a poemContinue reading “Power of Invention cast announced!”

The wheel of history

In 1804, Yorkshireman JOSEPH PRIESTLEY died in Northumberland… Pennsylvania. Of moving to the US, he wrote, “it is now only that I can say I see nothing to fear from the hand of power, the government under which I live being for the first time truly favourable to me.” An unsurprising comment given that heContinue reading “The wheel of history”

Power

MATTHEW BOULTON (1718-1809) was Birmingham’s foremost entrepreneur and industrialist, best known for his partnership with James Watt in developing steam engine technology, heralding a technological revolution in 18th century England.  In fact, Boulton was far more than this. His combination of engineering know-how, entrepreneurial ambition and an ability to inspire the brightest minds to collaborate,Continue reading “Power”

Fire girl

I knew I wanted to write a servant character who worked for the Boultons at Soho House, for our upcoming new show Power of Invention (July 30th & 31st, August 7th 2021).  But where my Fire Girl came from, I don’t know.  Was it having my chimney swept last autumn; or setting up a makeshift fire pit onContinue reading “Fire girl”

To hug or not to hug…

I’m writing this on the day Boris Johnson decreed we could hug again. A little bit of me hoped I would open the shutters to see bleary-eyed commuters spontaneously embracing on the street, but sadly it wasn’t to be. If I’m honest, I’ve never been an enormous hugger – a combination of innate English reserveContinue reading “To hug or not to hug…”

Caught in the Headlights

Cars. I’m not interested in them. All I want is a car that’s affordable and doesn’t break down. So this is an unusual one for me. I’m going to discuss car problems. It all started when the car wouldn’t start. Battery completely flat. Breakdown bloke starts charging battery.  ‘That’s why it’s flat. Your headlights areContinue reading “Caught in the Headlights”

Playwright in need of a break

My career as a playwright has not been textbook – there have been no award ceremonies, commissions from prestigious venues, publications and/or much financial reward (so far).  It took a nudge from Alan Sillitoe* to convince me to commit to a full-time life as a playwright. We had a cup of tea together before I chairedContinue reading “Playwright in need of a break”

For protection

I’m no beautician as anyone will tell you, but I recently had to give my mother a much-needed manicure (long story).  The only quiet place we could find was a bench outside the hospital (very long story), slightly away from the busy path and surrounded by neglected perennials – no, the metaphor didn’t escape me.Continue reading “For protection”