Wednesday, 21 May 2008

The First Blank Page

Staring at a Blank computer screen is really hard, staring at a Blank computer screen when you have little time and a Novel to write is especially hard. As you may have guessed I spent the other night staring at a blank computer screen as I started what is going to be a long journey with the Gethin Novel.
When I say its going to be a long Journey , I Hope its going to be a long journey in a comfy car with good friends, nice music and no traffic jams, and after I got over that initial blank screen that is the way its looking to be.
The nice thing about writing a story is that you don't have to worry about the time constraints and the logistics of staging it, you can have gunfights and explosions without having to worry about Mrs Davies who is 87 sitting in the front row.
The bad thing about writing a story is that it can be a very lonely place populated only by yourself and what comes into your head, where I am lucky is that the cast who performed Gethin did such a good job that they have given me loads of materiel to work with.
Anyway I hope to have it done by the end of the year which seems a long way off but after the simply manic last five months where I have been in fifth gear every day I know it will soon be upon me.
Thanks to all who have contacted me saying that they are enjoying this Blog, a special big Thanks To C for her kind words, I hope to be in touch soon .
Lots of work coming in at the moment as well which is nice, it looks like I will be doing a two day storytelling workshop at the end of June which will take me into July when I will head off to Memphis , but more of that Later.........

Until then


Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Grave Tidings

Got some bad news today, it seems that the Dylan Thomas theatre that was due to host Gethin on the 24th of this month has been badly damaged by floods in last Friday's storms. The theatre is totally sodden and the carpets and flooring ruined. My heart goes out to the people at the theatre as they have not long reopened having totally refurbished the front of the theatre.
Anyway the long and the short of it is, they have had to cancel Gethin for next week.
Its really sad but for the safety of the audience they have had to do it.


Oh well these things happen and we just have to get on with it I suppose?, I hope that anybody reading this who was coming to the show will consider coming up to Ystradgynlais on the 14th of June when we will be performing at the lovely Welfare hall theatre , in the town where John Gethin was born.

Anyway on the plus side I am feeling really positive about doing Grave Tidings for Halloween this year, I have spoken to the Lovely Rachel Louise Howells earlier as I have an Idea for a Poster which if it comes off will be awesome.
For those of you who don't know, Rachel is a friend who has performed in both Vortigern's Kingdom and Gethin. She has a wonderful look about her that makes her just about the perfect Person for playing Fairies /Ghosts and other Ethereal types. The image I have in mind will look wonderful and for the first time I may have to relinquish poster duties, but Rachel is far better looking than I.
On the subject of posters ,all mine are done by the Wonderful Eleanor Flaherty, a good friend who also appears in Gethin. As well as being a fab actress Eleanor is a superb Graphic Designer who has a real eye for images and photography. If you like any of my posters and want to use Eleanor for any idea's of your own then please get in contact.

Oh well the Dylan Thomas show is dead, but we battle on. I have asked the Blue princess to remove it from the homepage so please don't turn up and then shout because we are not there.

Until next time I sit in longing hope of good news......


Thursday, 8 May 2008

Artistic Integrity and other myths

Firstly Good Luck to Billy Lyon's who has an audition for a new Hula Hoops advert in London tomorrow. Billy was worried about it possibly affecting his artistic integrity, I said Don't worry the bar room chair in last Friday's Gethin Performance has already put pay to that.

I had a serious little chat with myself at 4.57 am the other morning, a Big part of me wants to shelve any plans for doing "Grave tidings" this year due to time constraints and the massive amount of stress putting on a show causes, but there is also a part of me that feels that things are just now starting to go well and I should strike while the Iron is hot and really push to get as much stuff out there as I possibly can. What do you think? Should I settle down for a life of relative peace and mediocrity or should I drive myself into an early Grave in pursuit of Fame fortune and the American dream, You decide?

On a lighter note and just to compound my stress it seems that there are forces in this world who are quite keen to know more about John Gethin. There is even a "small"calling for a book based on the story.
What form that book would take I have yet to decide. Would it be a children's book with loads of bright colorful pictures ? or possibly something a little more adult with just a few sketches?, should I aim to get this book out this year or should I bunch it in with some other tales and myths as part of an anthology of sorts, again I just don't know yet know, watch this space...

please let me know what you think?

Anyway I will now leave you to bask in my own indecision .

Take Care

Owen x

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

One True Voice

One True Voice?- Didn't they win "Popstars the Rivals" along with "Girls Aloud"?.

Anyway ,this entry is called that because for the first time on this Swanky new Website this is actually me speaking, yes I am trying my hand at this blogging thing and hope to make it regular.
Firstly a massive thank you to Dai and Eleanor Edwards for sorting this site out for me, I am really grateful to you guys and really want to make it work.
If anyone is reading this (I really hope somebody is?) please visit Its a charity that Eleanor Edwards is involved in and if you like the site please please support her by doing as the title says and "Giving a Brick" (Its a metaphorical Brick mind- I tried sending one - The postage was horrendous).
Well as its my first blog so to speak I really aught to get on and tell you what I have been doing etc. Well as you might know I am in the middle of a bit of a drawn out tour of my latest "Welsh Myths" offering called "Gethin" - we performed it on the 25th of April at Pontardawe Arts centre and it seemed to go down really well.
Gethin is playing at the Dylan Thomas theatre in Swansea on the 24th of this Month and then finishes off in Ystradgynlais on Sat the 14th of June. Please get in touch if you want tickets or have any comments about the show as I would love to hear from you.?
As for future plans , I am giving Edinburgh a miss this year as it has been a bit of a hectic time for the last few months so I am trying to give myself a little rest this summer but I am starting work on a show which I hope will be performed around October/November- Its called "Grave Tidings" - so I will let you guess what sort of theme that will have.
Anyway I am not going to write too much for this opening Blog as I am not sure if its going to work , so I don't want to have to do it all again.
I am filming with Pobol Y Cwm this Fri so I will come back and try and be a bit more informative and entertaining after that.

Until then