You’re at the theatre. You’re settling down into the plush red chair. An excited hum is rippling through the audience. The red velvet curtains hang in front of you; hiding the secret of the stage; the props, the actors and the story that unfolds behind it. The main lights dim down, a spotlight hovers over the curtain and slowly the curtains pull back; about to draw you in to the next two hours of entertainment.
I have always loved theatre and drama – ever since the age of 13 when I first appeared on stage as a statue that came alive (I know – so glamorous!) After years of attending extra-curricular drama groups, I then went on to study English and drama at University.
Later, the drama classes were replaced with creative writing classes but funnily enough, that love of drama always stayed with me.
When sitting down to write my first novel ‘The Break-Up Test’, in order to get over my initial fear of the blank page, I used to pretend that I was sitting in a theatre, watching the drama unfold on the stage. My job was not to ‘think stuff up’ but to ‘get stuff down’. To pretend that I was watching and just record what was happening. That might all sound very airy-fairy but I promise, it works.
Imagine my delight recently then, when I actually was sitting down to watch my drama unfold before my very eyes.
I wrote a short play called ‘Home Work’ which was performed at The Black Box, Belfast. In the play was; a nosey neighbour, an Escort and one of her clients. I can’t tell you what a joy it was to see my words being performed on stage and for the actors to totally bring them to life.
Of course, drama comes in very handy when writing novels. I like to write novels that provide a lot of twists and turns in the storyline. Stories that show conflict between characters and how those characters cope when they are placed under pressure. In my novel “How to Look Like You”, one reviewer wrote “This novel does not stand still! It will keep you on your toes!”
I also enjoy watching a lot of TV drama box sets where the drama is non-stop and you almost feel like you’re on a roller coaster when watching.
I love writing novels – and am currently writing my third – but I also love writing for performance.
I used to work in a theatre in London. It was a ‘theatre in the round’ and I loved the cosy feel of the place. There was one small circular stage in the middle and the audience were surrounded in a circle of seats around the play.
I also worked for a West End dance company as PA and was thrilled to attend rehearsals and premieres.
My real love of course, is for writing. However I find that the more I read, the more theatre I attend and the more films I watch, the more it broadens my imagination. I’d love to hear from you with regard your favourite film, TV series or book.
Thanks for reading and that’s a wrap, folks!
About the Author:
Rose lives in Belfast and writes chick lit/ women’s fiction.
Her novels have been reviewed as “reads like the younger sister of Marian Keyes”.
Rose has two novels published and is currently writing her third.
She has also written two short plays which have been performed at The Black Box, Belfast.
Rose loves listening to audio books, binge watching TV box sets and feeding the birds in her back garden!
Meet Amy, Beth and Sarah. All intelligent women with one thing in common – a bad taste in men!
Amy receives seductive texts from Gav and promptly skips round to his house for a mid-afternoon romp. She never planned it that way. Maybe one day he’ll actually fall in love with her?
Beth sits at her desk, her mobile phone propped up in front of her keyboard. Anytime soon it’ll light up like the Blackpool Illuminations, and Karl will finally get in touch about that drink. It’s been five days…
Sarah is seeing Stephen, trying to believe his claim that although he shares a bed with his ex, Kat, they aren’t sleeping together. She can’t believe it’s turned into one of THOSE stories you read about in women’s weeklies.
Then Jamie comes along with his Break-Up Test and turns their lives upside down.
Will Gav, Karl and Stephen suddenly sniff the competition and clean up their acts?
And what exactly is in it for Jamie?
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