Green Grass of Home
I have written quite a few pieces where I have not been absolutely sure when I am first drafting the words, whether the piece is really a story, or a script, and some of them (or versions of them) end up as both.
'Green Grass of Home ' was one of those pieces and an obvious
choice for Script Challenge as it is also the first piece I ever submitted
to Bridge House - and look where that led.
I was so pleased when you took the trouble to tell me that
although the story did not fit with the other stories you had selected for the
anthology, you liked the story. Consequently, I submitted it later to CafeLit where every story stands alone and you accepted it. Script Challenge
made me think that you deserved it a second time.
I entered another version of 'Green Grass,' in a monologue
competition run by Ovation Theatre Awards and reaching the final was invited to
the Square Chapel Theatre, in Halifax to direct it. It was wonderful hearing my
words brought to life for an audience by a professional actress and Jo Gerard
did it proud. A year later I had another short piece 'Guarding the Woolly
Mammoth' performed - this time in the Players Theatre in Glossop - and later in
the Deddington Festival, here in Oxfordshire.
I would like to eventually dramatise some of my longer stories.
I wrote a full-length children's play Caribbean Calypso for Trinity College's
International Playwriting Competition which was performed by an education
charity for children in Bangalore, but that was more like linking individual
stories, so developing a longer story would be more of a challenge, but one I