Tuesday, 6 December 2011

To write, or not to write? That is the question.

For those of you who don't know, I'm part of an amateur dramatic group.  Our dramatic year tends to be split into two halves.  The main event of the year is the Pantomime, which we perform every January.  It all gets a bit surreal around this time, with men playing the parts of Dames, women playing the lead Male hero roles, as well as women playing the heroine.

The summer production is a much more sober affair.  The Youth section enter the local drama festival, and the adults do a small production.  In the past we've done 'Allo 'allo, The importance of being Ernest, and a few radio plays.

Tonight we are dropping scripts, so it's probably going to end up being lots of blank looks followed by giggles.

In case you are wondering what the writing connection to this entry is, it's that the Panto is always written in house.  There are some very talented people there who have produced some incredible scripts.  The odd thing is, that none of them have any aspirations to write a book!

Recently, there's been growing pressure from some of those involved, for me to throw my hat in the ring when they're looking for someone to write the next Panto.  So far I've resisted, as I don't want to be distracted from my WIP.  The problem is, that I keep thinking about the formula that Pantos fall under, and how it would be structured.  Maybe when the time comes, I should just go with the madness!


  1. When the time is right, I think you should! I mean, why not give it a try? :)

  2. I love the idea of all this! I was a theater major undergrad...and studied in London for two semesters. I ended up seeing some twenty-ish plays from Shakespeare to The Weir. It was awesome. I think you should totally throw your hat in!

  3. Go for it and try it. You never know!

  4. Carrie - Apart from a thousand people booing and throwing rotten fruit at me? Yeah, why not? ;o)

    Jessie - How cool! It won't be in that league, but I'm coming round to the idea.

    E.D. - True! I'll keep you posted :o)