Dispatches from a reluctant reporter

As of this morning, that pesky £5m had not appeared in the bank account of Sports Direct.

However, we must not lose hope.

Mr Paul Murray said that the £5m was with a solicitor, and only the necessary legal paperwork was holding up payment.

He said so on the telly, so that’s good enough for me.

It was brought to my attention that Mr Paul Murray’s recent interview is no longer available on STV.

It might still be there, but I couldn’t find it.

I understand that before he spoke on air to Raman Bhardwaj that the Real Rangers Man was briefed by the new club’s PR Prophet.

Now I am sure that this young chap, peace be upon him, did his level best with the task at hand.

However, excellently placed sources inform me that some denizens of the Blue Room were less than impressed by Mr Murray’s comments apropos their own QC.

I do hope that it is all cleared up satisfactorily.

Since the AGM, the New Regime appear to have been in PR own goal territory.

They are indeed fortunate in having such understanding journalists working their patch.

My own meagre efforts are only to point these matters out, but it really isn’t my place to do this.

I am, after all, in a foreign country.

Of course, I would not have to be doing this if the SMSM would simply report the Sevco saga without fear or favour.

In fact, if they did that they would be doing me a huge favour and I would Do Walking Away.

I really would rather be writing plays and focussing on other creative projects.

Mr Theatre Director told me on Sunday night that the first reading of the play was a great success.

Act One is shaping up to be seriously substantial, and he is happy with the casting.

That dramatic stuff enthuses me, providing a news service to Planet Fitba because the lamb crew are succulently venal does not.

Quite frankly, at times, I resent having to do this.

That said when I was locked away in the play there were a few of you who wanted me back.

Just when I thought I was out they…

Tomorrow Act One will hit the inboxes of the cast.

They meet up as a team on January 3rd.

By that time, Act Two will be well on the way.

I’m currently living in the world of these characters.

They have their distinct, unique voices and in a scene, they speak authentically on their own terms.

On my daily hike, I listen to what they have to say about the next scene I’m about to place them into.

Once the characters are created, then the playwright is just there to take down what they say.

Dear reader, I have become a stenographer!

Central to the process of having authentic, autonomous characters is to construct a believable biography for the actor.

These can run to thousands of words or just be a couple of paragraphs.

There is no right answer.

However, when the curtain goes up something magical can happen when it all comes together, and a living breathing audience is a crucial part of the event.

I hope you can be there next March.

Tickets are £10 and re available here.


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