HEARTLANDPosted on July 7, 2011
Heartland, a play about using so-called lonely hearts columns to find a new partner, is one of my hits. It began back in the 1990′s as a sort of commission. Famous Scottish director and friend, Mr. Robert Sian, wanted an original two-hander for he and his friend to perform together. I suggested a number of ideas and this one appealed to both him and Cecilia. I did some research and then wrote a rough outline. Robert and Cecilia came to stay with me and we worked on various characters incrementally during the quite short rehearsal period. A few weeks later we had a premiere. It went rather well. Robert and Cecilia toured the show for a number of weeks and then I took over with another actress, more than likely Helen Worsley, and what had been a sensitive, even quite moving little drama became in my hands a broad comedy.