Party Planning

THE Cucumber Writers are holding a party this Friday. You should come along.

Of course it’s a theatrical party.

A fictional theatrical awkward office retirement party, but don’t let that stop you. There’ll be a buffet.

This is our first foray back into the world of writing to a theme, after going free form looking at our own longer pieces in the first half of the year, and despite running on a bit of reduced schedule for us, our pieces seem to have become quite a lot more integrated than usual.

We suspect it’s because all the characters are supposed to be in the same room at the same time, and they mostly seem to know one another.

It makes you wonder exactly how integrated a group of writers, writing their own pieces might be able to become, given enough time and planning. Could we one day write a play, one complete play, just between the 11 of us?

Themes are sometimes hard to come across, and sometimes they land in our laps. There are several bubbling away in the background for future rehearsed readings already, but it’s really interesting, when like this one, they seem to take on a life of their own.

Sorry to See You Go is on at the Door @ Birmingham Rep on Friday, October 24 as part of the Open Door initiative. We’d love to see you there.



Writing workshop and exciting times ahead

WE promised you an insight into the aforementioned ‘Big Fat Day of Writing’ which we’re sensibly retitling writing workshop, while the going’s good.

The day was organised as a lead up to a new project we’re involved in with the wonderful Birmingham Repertory Theatre called ‘Open Door’.

The theatre is very generously opening up its Door theatre space for ourselves and another writing group called ‘Bold Text’ (you can find out all about them here) to stage some new work.

Up until now we’ve been living hand to mouth with each rehearsed reading, and focusing on producing themed nights, which puts obvious restrictions on our writing, not least of which is a 10 minute/two performer limit.

So we’ve decided with this chance, to try and spread our wings, write some longer pieces, and splash out on creating slightly larger worlds.

The writing workshop helped us to explore character creation and development, and think about how to structure longer pieces, with a number of different writing exercises from hot seating to telling tall tales about how we got our scars.

Hopefully it laid the groundwork for some interesting work to get started.

The first Open Door event will feature Bold Text and is taking place on Monday, February 24.

Our first slot in the Door is going to be on Thursday, March 13.

If you’re interested in coming along to our free night at the Door, please let us know at, comment below, or write on our Facebook page. Entry will be through a guest list, so we need to know in advance if people are coming along.