Backroom Theatre Company

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Della Friend says:

Earlier this year I took a massive leap of faith and together with two experienced actor friends, produced my first full length play Normal Shoes at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, north west London.

We were lucky to have the services of an experienced professional director and cast. Taking the play from its original 35 minute one act piece and transforming it into an hour and a half production – complete with the addition of a professional clown was, scary, stressful, exciting and ultimately, wonderful.

The play was a success with the audiences and received many complementary remarks from the theatre management. We broke even at the Box Office.

Transferring Normal Shoes from script to stage was a fantastic learning process, and although I felt sick with nerves most of the time and lost weight; the end result gave me the confidence to label myself a playwright.

I have written nine one-act plays – all of which have been performed at local drama festivals, some of them have won awards. Festivals provide a good sounding board for all new work as they enable the author to focus on every aspect of their script, from dialogue, to stage setting to costumes and timing. A critique from an adjudicator is always very helpful.

I am currently working on a series of humorous blogs for my play website; tweaking a full-length drama; re-writing my full-length play which is based on fact, and working on ideas for youth plays. My head is always so full of ideas that my keyboard can't keep up with them.

Two one act plays written for 16-20 year olds are currently with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Youth Theatre in East London.

I trained as a journalist and spent decades as a staff reporter/feature on various weekly newspapers in east London and parts of Essex; and represented two local authorities as a public relations officer. I am a member of the NUJ and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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