>An odyssette

>We had a family wedding to go to in Worcester at the weekend. This became slightly more fraught when the deadline for the Birmingham play was moved (because I was late delivering) to the Monday morning (today!).

As we were going to THE NORTH (as the signposts say) we thought we’d go via Sheffield and Chester.

Thursday: to Sheffield. We visit family and see Fin Kennedy‘s How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found at the Crucible (which is great) before a stopover at the beautiful Ibis hotel (views of the gyratory system). Some people think the answer to “how to disappear completely and never be found” is “have a regional production”, but in fact it is “try and follow the road signs in Sheffield city centre”.

Friday: first to Chester. A drive across the Peak through the fog. We dawdle because we can. We stop at Hope, which I take to be meaningful. At Chester we deliver a sewing machine and pick up a stepdaughter and partner. On to Worcester via the M6 traffic jam.

Worcester looks shabbier than ever, but the hotel is good and I write many of words while P eats out with friends. I love ‘stolen moments’ writing – I can ‘go to the office’ to write, but somehow an hour in a café or an afternoon and evening in a hotel seems more productive (you’re halfway to strange already).

Saturday: Morning – writing. Afternoon: wedding – great time – only one person asks me what I do. The groom works in the music industry, so some magnificent haircuts on display.

Sunday: Give the bride and groom a lift to Heathrow. Home by 11am. Re-write all day. 9pm email the play to Brum.

I’ve got a meeting in Brum tomorrow, but I think I’ll go straight there.

About lancewoodman

Heritage interpreter, playwright and teacher. Living on the South Coast of England.

Posted on April 16, 2007, in family, playwriting, theatre. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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