Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My new gig: Screenwriter-in-Residence


Thrilled to have been appointed Screenwriter-in-Residence at Maynooth Uni and Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service 2016-17. What a fantastic excuse to buy nice new pens and notebooks, to hatch workshops and event ideas, to focus on some new personal writing projects with the space and time to bring them through to the next stage...

A whole new world is opening up and I can't wait to leap in!

Looking forward too to meeting my fellow Resident, Joanna Walsh, the Writer-in-Residence.

Friday, June 3, 2016

FRIED EGGS.... The first tour!

Following its sensational two week run last August in Dublin's Theatre Upstairs, Moonstone Productions in conjunction with Dodo Theatre are bringing Fried Eggs to Galway and the Aran islands!



With rehearsals well underway in the theatre and Galway Uni, I can honestly say it's FANTASTIC to get the show up again and Karen still blows me away in the part... I can't wait for opening night on June 14th.

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Fried Eggs, written and directed by Lindsay J Sedgwick, performed by Karen Connelly

Tour Dates: 
14-17th; Town Hall Theatre Studio @ 8.30pm
18th June: Aras Eanna on Inis Oirr.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Scenes From... a new script, a new world coming to life!

This is where it began - the first little chaos of pages, filled with notes, scribblings, snatches of dialogue, character, theme and mad little scratchings that might yield something of which I didn't yet understand the value.

Screenwriting.
Any form of creative writing.
It's a mad business altogether.

You can't lay down rules beyond deadlines or aspirational goals - as in, "I want this to be the most amazing script EVER" or "I want this sequence of scenes to blow the reader and then the viewer out of the water with emotions they haven't felt in years!"

Yep. Might as well be ambitious. It's why we write. To move people. To make them moved. If it's a film, we want to send them out of the cinema talking about the characters and the world we created.

Especially when you've been commissioned to write that film because that really is the ultimate gift as a writer - to be trusted with someone's idea, to make it magical, to make it breathe....

Scenes From a Memory is just that. Commissioned by the director, Nicolas Courdouan; a wonderful and original idea that wanted to be a feature film.

And here's the even better news: I delivered the first draft a few weeks ago and he loved it. So now I am in the middle of the joyful task of tweaking, layering a little and improving it in draft 2.

But if you want a taste of what this very talented director can do, have a look at the page for the short film he has just shot, Radha


Sunday, March 13, 2016

THANK YOU from the All Thumbs team...

We had wonderful audiences for ALL THUMBS; audiences small and full houses; quiet laughers and loud chortlers, you made the two week run of All Thumbs awesome for us.

And, given we were in the International Bar, it was only right that our audience should have been truly international. We had people from Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, America, South Africa, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from Kilkenny and Wexford, London and Macclesfield...

We met people we haven't seen for a while and once-strangers we really hope to meet again.

THANK YOU. One and all!

And a massive thank you to everyone who helped us get All Thumbs up: the Attic Studio, where it had its first reading last year, John, James and all in the International Bar for giving us their lovely venue and being unwaveringly helpful, to Tamar Keane for helping with production, to Donogh MacCarthy-Morrogh & Lochlainn McKenna of StormLight for the promo, to Pamela Lockey for poster and programme design, to Jane McCarthy for Front of House, to Libby Sedgwick and very especially to the AMAZING Julie Lockey for bringing my strange little script and the lovely Lena to life!




Friday, March 4, 2016

WONDERFUL reviews and audience response for All Thumbs....

ONLINE REVIEWS for ALL THUMBS...

"...the overall performance is utterly engaging and charming. Like talking to a crazed stranger at a bus stop, the viewer is unsure whether to pull away or let Lena carry on with her crazed tale, afraid of where it might end up. Simply put, All Thumbs is quirky, light and fun, and that in itself deserves two thumbs up."


"...All Thumbs is filled with... positivity, laughter and humour that will get you through the rest of the day and beyond! Sedgwick’s easy to understand and to follow writing together with Lockey’s wonderful ability to portray a character in such a natural way makes this play easy to engage with and to enjoy....It’s a one woman show where one brilliant actress does an amazing job with the limited resources, stage wise, that she has. Going back to the basics of storytelling, Lockey’s charming and, at times, even saucy Lena will stick in your memory long after the play is over.

So, give All Thumbs a thumbs up! And don’t miss this little gem in the very heart of Dublin, running until March 12th.


"Julie Lockey gives Lena a good sense of comic timing, expressions that are knowing, and at times counter to Sedgwick's direct, well written lines. Comedy is something Locke does well, giving a serious, yet quirkiness, to Lena that makes sense; she talks to thumbs after all, and by the time it arrives, it doesn't feel odd. Watching Locke work, giving a feeling of odd Victoria Wood type characters, there was a sense that taking on a Willy Russell role might be an intriguing step."



AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

Loved loved LOVED All Thumbs! Giggled and grinned like a loon throughout. – TG

Bonkers, utterly bonkers... LO'B

Weird, creepy, hilarious – SH

I laughed so much during All Thumbs that I thought the ushers would try to shush me or drag me out. - PG


Lindsay Jane Sedgwick has done it again! ALL THUMBS is hilarious with funny and fast-paced writing about an impossibly daft situation. Julie Lockey is perfect in the role of Lena - the woman who stole a thumb. It is definitely a must-see. I am still smiling, several hours later! Go and see it! - NL


A perfect little slice of madness... A M


Surreal and hilarious from start to finish, with a captivating performance. You'll never look at thumbs in the same way again...." - Sorcha Hegarty, Candlelit Tales

Are you in Dublin? Do you fancy a snappy, witty and maybe a bit kooky one-woman play during your lunch break or before you hit the pub? Then wait no more and go to the International Bar Theatre to attend a performance of All Thumbs Play! You won't regret it.– NC

OH MYGOD – it was fab. Really funny! Great job – GC

Your play has left a lasting impression on me! Well done and congratulations. - MK

So funny – a lovely strange story. - GC 

Just wanted to say it was great today, really loved it, have been thinking about lines from it all day.- TD

Awesome show. Beautifully written and excellently performed - SG

Just been to see @AllThumbsPlay by @LJSedgwick Great fun! Wonderfully surreal with such a dynamic presence. Only two nights left. GO SEE!!  - C F

Was at the amazing All Thumbs Play last night at the International Bar in Dublin last night. What a brilliant show and fantastic acting. Really worth a trip to check it out. Gave it the thumbs UP !! - PA

Great fun, funny and SO original....Julie was great, perfect for the part. - D McG

My boss came to 
All Thumbs Play last night and giggled like a schoolboy all the way through. He was nearly human! - LL

Congrats Julie on a wonderful performance tonight at The International and to Lindsay for the fabulous script. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The best of luck with the rest of the run X – Mary Murray, Visions School of Drama

Fab play! I so enjoyed it. - LM

@FlutyHazel: @AllThumbsPlay @MadamJooJoo   BRILLIANT last performance for All Thumbs!! Thumbs up for Lena, Thumbs up for @LJSedgwick !!

Really enjoyed "All thumbs" today!! Thanks for the belly laughs on a Friday lunchtime! Nothing better #TGIF well done Lindsay J Sedgwick and Julie Lockey. - A McN

Very inventive and funny piece from Lindsay. Well worth seeing - EN

The play was so enjoyable, and original. Such a sharp script.  Congratulations - ED

Congratulations on producing the best short play that I’ve seen in a long time.  I didn’t know what to expect from reading your title ‘All Thumbs’ but your treatment and direction brought a whole new thought process to life for me.  I hadn’t thought about thumbs before.  Indeed if I were to choose a digit, I would probably have chosen my pinkie. But now I guarantee that thumbs rule for me in the future – CC

Great fun, funny and SO original – D McG

@FlutyHazel: @AllThumbsPlay @MadamJooJoo   BRILLIANT last performance for All Thumbs!! Thumbs up for Lena, Thumbs up for @LJSedgwick !!

Really enjoyed "All thumbs" today!! Thanks for the belly laughs on a Friday lunchtime! Nothing better #TGIF well done Lindsay J Sedgwick and Julie Lockey. - A McN

Very inventive and funny piece from Lindsay. Well worth seeing - EN

Congratulations on producing the best short play that I’ve seen in a long time.  I didn’t know what to expect from reading your title ‘All Thumbs’ but your treatment and direction brought a whole new thought process to life for me.  I hadn’t thought about thumbs before.  Indeed if I were to choose a digit, I would probably have chosen my pinkie. But now I guarantee that thumbs rule for me in the future – CC


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ALL THUMBS - our teaser/ promo

If you're feeling blue, if you're feeling cold on this bright morning... have a look at the  All Thumbs Teaser Video made by the sensational directors at StormLight.... Guarunteed to cheer you up! x

Then book a ticket:
086 1663363/ allthumbsplay@gmail.com

Remaining dates:
7pm Weds to Friday this week, 2nd - 4th March
1pm Weds to Sat this week, 2 - 5th March

7pm Monday to Friday next week, 7th - 11th March
1pm Monday to Saturday next week, 7th to 12th March

See you there!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

All Thumbs gets audience's thumbs and larynx's laughing

First night last night in the International Bar and the place was full - about 25% of the house found us online on one of the 'what's on' websites, which is fantastic and bodes well. But even better was the laughter. From a few seconds in, it was just there, spilling through the space.
Some of the audience in the bar downstairs after the show. Julie is second from the right.

I am so lucky to have found Julie Lockey for this piece. She has such brilliant comic timing and instinct that she took the material and the audience and wrapped them round her... thumb, I guess!


But before it all kicked off, StormLight were in the venue. Directors Donogh MacCarthy-Morrogh and Lochlainn McKenna spent the afternoon shooting scenes from the play, all sorts of angles and attitudes were assumed and eyebrows and thumbs were wriggled suggestively. The purpose - a short promo for which vox pops were gathered at the end of the show.

We should have that online tomorrow, if not tonight! Can't wait to see it.
As for Julie, I think - though she may be still asleep at the moment I'm writing this - that she can't wait to get back up on the stage in the International Bar and perform again!

Some pic follow of the afternoon's filmshoot. The show runs every night Monday to Friday until the 11th March at 7pm sharp. (The Comedy Cellar are in after us so we have to be prompt.)  It's also on lunchtimes at 1pm from tomorrow Weds 2nd to Sat 5th and from the 7th to the 12th March (Mon to Sat) all next week. Bookings can be made by phone +353 86 166 3363/ allthumbsplay@gmail.com. Tickets cost 10 Euro. (Concession 8 euro)

Lochlainn and a closeup of Julie's thumb. She's out of camera to keep Lena's most gloriously hideous jumper hidden



Donogh and Lochlainn set up. 


Lena through the viewfinder.