"It was accident more than design getting back into playwriting. I'd worked as a comedy sketch writer and I was the creator of the Traces Of Nuts show, one of the most successful audio comedy podcasts in Britain. I'd written a couple of plays a while ago and I was invited to take part in the Nottingham One Act Play Festival 2010 and did really well with a show called Limbo, a one hour, one-man show. One thing led to another and The Nottingham Arts Theatre asked if I would be interested in writing a full-length piece for them so I started writing Blink and I also wrote Phys Ed which toured at the Edinburgh festival this year. So my first love was really playwriting and it's great to be getting back into it.
"Phys Ed is a comedy monologue, a one man show about a PE teacher in a public school and he's rugby obsessed but his identical twin brother is phenomenally more successsful than he is and is a rugby international so he lives in his brother's shadow. But he gets the opportunity to get some glory back for himself when he and his team of 12-year-old kids are in the final of a national rugby tournament. It's about sibling rivalry and people who carve out their own heroic path, it's a comedy drama, family-orientated, very light-hearted show. The play is performed by Nicholas Osmond, familiar to Radio 4 listeners as the voice of Leon in The Archers and to younger audiences from his appearances in BBC TV's The Sarah Jane Adventures.
|Simon Carter and Nicholas Osmond|
Phys Ed plays at St Wilfrid's C of E School Hall, Calverton, Nottingham NG14 6FG on Friday Oct 28 at 8pm. Tickets are £4/£3 concessions and can be reserved by calling 0115 965 2775
Blink is at Nottingham Arts Theatre Nov 15-19 full details of times and ticket prices are available at http://www.nottingham-theatre.co.uk/