Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Third Tuesday of the month and it must be Pontadawe Script Cafe. This month I was given the dubious honour of chairing the session.
          The invited speaker this month was Helen Griffin, Playwright, Screenwriter and Actress. She is currently appearing on TV with her friend Jo Brand in 'Care'. They met when they were both training to be psychiatric nurses and collaborated on their first play together,'Mental' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1986. Many more plays were to follow. Helen's first full length play, 'Flesh & Blood' she adapted for the screen for the film, 'Little White Lies'. She's written for TV and acted in a number of series, including Gavin and Stacey, Human Traffic, Belonging and Dr Who. She continues to be in great demand.
         Ron Meldon's play, 'The Bigger Fool' was given a reading and Helen gave helpful feedback and led a workshop that explored the characters and their relationships.       Another great evening!
         The Spring and Summer 2011 programme is now out and next year looks to be an interesting and exciting one. Guest speakers include Tina Walker, Kit Lambert, Louise Osborn, and Alan Harris. Two sessions, in February and June will be open mic- aspiring and experienced playwrights will be invited to have their work read and work-shopped. If you are interested in learning more contact Celia on

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