‘Celebrity’ – What Happened Next
I wrote the play ‘Celebrity’ because I thought the time was right. There’s an embarrassing national obsession with celebrity. As someone who’s worked with a few I can say that you never get to know them, and it’s generally not very interesting waiting around for somebody famous to stop being unpleasant. Stars generally divide into three groups;
1. Fantastic (Leslie Nielsen, John Cleese, Pierce Brosnan, Judy Dench, Kenneth Williams)
2. Deranged (William Hurt)
3. Maggie Smith
I thought ‘Celebrity’ would be a fun and truthful project, and treated it like writing a book. You know; do it, send it out, forget about it. But when you write a script, the work starts on the day you deliver, and goes on needing work. The play did well, the cast were a joy, and I thought that was the end of it. Instead, it was the start.
Because we had offers to continue. This means new stages, which meant a new set, transport, insurance,a production team, new backers, music clearance and a host of other things. I suddenly found myself setting up a theatre company and trying to be a producer, and I realised that it involved putting my present career on hold.
It wasn’t just my problem; everyone involved was doing several other things. So, for now at least, we’ve turned down the offers and put the show back, because none of us can devote ourselves to a national tour. This is a shame because I’d rewritten the original script, and we were ready to take on the augmented version until we realised what was involved, and how hard it would be to break even.
‘Celebrity’ will return when the time is right for us, hopefully with the original cast. Meanwhile, if your theatre company (come on, I know some of you have them) would like to perform ‘Celebrity’, please get in touch here as it is now available for licence.