Mid-year Update – 2018

Brightlight Theatre Company - 5-Year Charity Spectacular - Lauren Mayhew Author
The main reason I’ve been too busy to blog!

Ever since the A-Z Blog Challenge finished, I’ve been a bit slow with the regular blog posts. It’s not because I’ve lost the taste for blogging, I just couldn’t find anything to blog about that you already didn’t know.

The blogging challenge is always so exhausting too, and it’s been nice to take a back seat and not have to worry about how many posts I have scheduled and how many blogs I need to comment on and read. I’m pretty sure this is what happened the last time I participated too. I got into a bit of a slump.

Anyway, there are other things that have been getting in my way. My theatre group would be the main one. Not only am I currently rehearsing for three different shows at once – yes, I did say three – I’m also the Promotions and Publicity Officer for the group, which basically means that I control the social media accounts. Continue reading “Mid-year Update – 2018”

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Vicky & Co. by John Pibworth – A New Play

Vicky and Co. Cover - John Pibworth - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis may look like a book review, but it isn’t. Of course, I will be telling you how amazing this play is, but I am completely biased as John is, in fact, a friend of mine. The play is amazing though…

John Pibworth is the set designer for my theatre group, Brightlight Theatre Company. I’ve known him for just over two years now, though we didn’t properly start talking until about a year ago when he found out about my books. I’ve heard that he’s a fantastic actor, though since I’ve been a part of the group, we’ve not managed to entice him onto the stage. Maybe if we perform his play, we might be able to get him back for one final time.

I’m not sure how long ago he wrote Vicky & Co.. It was about a year ago that he asked if I could help him make it available to the general public and I was more than happy to help, though it was delayed a lot because of my commitments within Brightlight. In the end, John’s sister offered to help by typing the play up onto Word so that I could then take over with the formatting. Continue reading “Vicky & Co. by John Pibworth – A New Play”

A Doll’s House – Opening Night

A Doll's House Poster - Brightlight Theatre Company - Lauren Mayhew AuthorFor those of you that may be new to my blog, welcome! For those of you who’ve been here for a while, here’s a quick update all about my experience directing a play. I’ve been with my theatre group for two years now, and they have been the best two years ever! At the very end of last year, I was tasked with directing a play, but not just any play, Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’.

Brightlight Theatre Company usually work with comedies or murder mysteries, so ‘A Doll’s House’ was the first classic drama that we’ve done. It made us all a little nervous, as our audience usually expect to come along and have a laugh, not to watch a drama about a family set in the 1800’s. Regardless of this fact, the audience absolutely loved our opening show on Saturday! Continue reading “A Doll’s House – Opening Night”

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen – My Directorial Debut

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Lauren Mayhew AuthorHere comes another post about my theatre group. It really has taken over my life… in a good way of course! We performed ‘A Murder is Announced’ last Saturday 9th, and it went well. It was the first time we’d performed in front of an audience, and the first time we’d done it on the stage with all of our props, so the fact that it went relatively smoothly was a miracle. There were a few hiccups, but I think that was mainly nerves, and people being a bit too hard on themselves.

We have another two performances this Saturday 16th December which I’m hoping will go just as well. You can find all information about the play here. It really is worth a watch if you’re in the local area – it’s in Frimley, by the way. Continue reading “A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen – My Directorial Debut”

A Murder is Announced

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI could so easily write a review about the play ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie, as I’ve read it at least 10 times since September. It’s the play we’re doing in my theatre group for our next Christmas production, and I’m in it from page 1 to the last page. It’s one of those plays, like most murder mysteries, where I’m on stage a lot, but don’t have much to say. There are a few main characters that speak the majority of the time, and everyone else sits around and listens. It’s the generic setup for a murder mystery though. It can’t really be avoided.

I won’t write a review though, I feel like I’ve read it too many times now to know what my initial thoughts were. It’s definitely not a comedy, though there are some funny moments. There are quite a few references and comments that I don’t understand, though luckily I don’t have to react to them. Continue reading “A Murder is Announced”

Play-Writing – How Hard Can It Be?

Masks with the theatre conceptWriting a stage play is a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. I knew it was going to be a challenge, as it’s the complete opposite of writing a story. It’s all dialogue and no description. In my novels, the dialogue is probably the bit I struggle with most. So why am I writing a play, I hear you ask. Because I like to challenge myself. If you don’t challenge yourself, life gets a bit boring.

So, I’m writing a murder mystery set in modern times. Normally, I have a title before I even start writing, but not for this one. The title has evaded me so far. I usually use a line of text from the story itself as a title, but no-one has said anything yet that’s catchy enough. That’s a little worrying now that I think about it.

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A Month Full of Drama

A Month Full of Drama - The 39 Steps - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, other than the new job, and the release of ‘Eternity Begins’, I’ve got other excuses for being so terrible at updating my blog. The main reason, is my Amateur Dramatics group. I’ve been a part of Brightlight Theatre Company since March 2016, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

From April this year, until now, I have been part of three different productions within the group, and it has pretty much taken up all of my time. In April I found out that I got the part of Anabella Schmidt in ‘The 39 Steps’. Even though it was a small part, taking up only the first 10 minutes of the play itself, it was a massive challenge, as I had to try and perfect a German accent. Everyone says I did a good job at it, but I’m still not sure. I took my camera with me for the dress rehearsal, and I managed to snap a few good ones, with the help of my friend Sarah whilst I was on stage. We performed this at the end of September.

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