Wednesday, 12 July 2017
We were talking about animals. Snakes, monkeys, bears, panthers and a big bleeding Elephant (Indian, do they have bigger years?) I explained about being a Wallaby at drama school, but no one was listening. I was good.
Do you know those pipes you put in your tumble drier? They were mentioned a few times....
We had a 'chat' about changing character names, I said I'd have a word with the writer... I won't. Terry it is.
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017
My dad left me when I was 7, when I say left me I don’t mean to live in a bedsit like many of the other dads on our council estate, I mean left me. He didn’t want to go but the cancer had got hold of him so he had no choice. Before he went, most afternoons we would talk, mum, who had to look after him all day would send me upstairs to keep him company as soon as I got in from school. He told me about his childhood, about my grandma, and the things they used to get up to when he was a kid. He told me about his dreams and his ambitions for me, how he wanted me to ‘do better’ than him.
Near the end he would get upset and cried a lot. I think he worried about my mum and me and how we would cope without him and that’s when he gave it to me. He was in bed the curtains and his eyes were shut so I thought I’d got away without having to sit with him. “Dad” I whispered as quietly as possible and moved towards the door. “Mark, come here”. My heart sank, I know now to the world today it makes me look mean that I didn’t want to sit with my dying dad, but truth was, all I wanted to do was sit and watch telly like every other kid my age. “I got something for you” he said. I sat down and he told me that because he was probably not going to be there as I grew up, that I would need a superpower to keep me safe. This power wasn’t invisibility or speed or flight, but it is a super human strength that I can summon up when the situation arises. In that bedroom, that afternoon my dad gave me everything. When I am scared and lonely, when I have decisions to make, when I need council, when I need a friend and when I want to be with my dad I close my eyes and summon up my power…
Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
Friday, 7 July 2017
When writer Mark and nurse practitioner Joanne tied the knot in Nashville Tennessee there was a little niggling doubt in the backs of their minds. You see, this couple hadn’t told a soul that they were getting married, and they had 100 guests invited to their ‘real’ wedding back in the UK when they got home.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Joanne has never played a game of bingo in her life and wasn't allowed to go into amusement arcades because all the rough kids went in them. Mark was a rough kid in the amusements.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Monday, 22 May 2017
This month we talk about shoes. Please stay with us. Very funny. And we talk about the secret word we use to stop Jo from choking Mark.
Foot fetish fun. How to REALLY use the Samaritans. 1066 and all that. Hastings. Liar, liar the French teacher's on fire.
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Monday, 17 April 2017
We meet up with legendary country star Dylan Williams in Nashville to talk about rubbish (garbage) and journey from Atlanta to Tennessee.
Is America Fat?
How Irish can a bar be?
Walmart V Aldi
The New, New Avengers.
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Whilst travelling through Arkansas we run into a very special service, held to celebrate those firefighters lost "watching our backs"
News from the case HERE
Dedicated to the World's firefighters.
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
The Queen is famous, really famous. This week we jump on the back of popular culture when we take a look at the royal family. Hear about the time I slipped one of them a brown envelope containing 500 quid. And the time I trumped at Lady Di's wedding and followed through. Joanne gives her insight into Princess Margaret.
Friday, 10 March 2017
Please take from this what you want, there are no hard or fast rules about writing.
First of all, don't listen to anyone except yourself. You know if your work is any good, you don't need others to compliment you (but it does help).
Idea – the idea is the most important part of writing my stories. To me they usually come out of the blue and very quickly. I usually write a half page synopsis of every idea. If the idea is any good it stays with me, I think about it night and day and let it grow in my head.
- Have a book to write these ideas in. I have lots of idea books and when I need inspiration I have a look through.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Friday, 6 January 2017
Our new podcast.
Today Foxy and Mark talk about reviewgate (our last podcast Ep 15). We wonder about weddings and whether Foxy will wear a Princess costume? And our holiday begins so we try and make you all jealous.
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Monday, 2 January 2017
In 2016 our annual Children's Christmas show was Pinocchio. 1000's of families love our shows and over 10 years we have grown out of 4 venues across Manchester and the North West. Without sour grapes we look at our 2 poor reviews and ask the question...What are your qualifications to review professional theatre? Also, Christmas telly, Wedding bells and Tenerife.