In February 2021, I was pleased that the video of Grammatically Speaking was chosen as one of the performances for the Hastings Virtual Fringe. 


In December 2020, I performed a Facebook live-stream concert - 'The Almost Christmas Concert', with a selection of Christmas and wintry songs, which included free virtual mulled wine and mince pies! Singing on behalf of Broomfield Park Conservatory, in aid of Crisis. 



In August 2020 my short play ‘Grammatically Speaking’ was wonderfully cast and read by actors Moses Gale and Andrew Cullum via the Zoom new writing group, Writing Doesn't Have To Be Lonely. 

Simon decides to carry out his first burglary, unknowingly breaking into his former school teacher’s cottage. Clive tries to convince Simon that everyone deserves a second chance but is everything as it seems?


Grammatically Speaking ℗ & © Copyright Marc Harris 2020



In July 2020 my short monologue ‘Smile!’, perfectly read by David Robins, was added to the ‘My Tiny Play’ Facebook page. 

Alan finally gets around to searching for that long lost box of family photos. 


Smile! ℗ & © Copyright Marc Harris 2020


In July 2020, I performed my first Facebook live-stream concert - 'Lounge Music', with a selection of easy listening songs on guitar, direct from my lounge! Singing on behalf of Broomfield Park Conservatory, in aid of Crisis, and Trent Park Animal Centre.


In July 2020, my short ghost play, Grammatically Speaking reached the long list of Pintsized Plays - an international competition for short plays. 


In June 2020, I was delighted that my short, lighthearted audio monologue, Ever Expanding Waistlines was chosen for The Ragged Scratch Podcast, as part of their series of episodes during the pandemic lockdown - The Isolation Sessions, wonderfully read by actor Nigel FyfeIt's always satisfying when my writing finds 'its place', so that listeners may (hopefully) be entertained. 

Melvin’s wife Gloria, has developed a habit of ordering numerous items from a home catalogue over 

the past few weeks, in order to take her mind off the present situation. But with deliveries 

quickly piling up around the flat, can what Gloria wants, be found in a box? You can listen to it 

here: https://www.raggedfoils.co.uk/raggedscratchpodcast/rsp-is-35


Ever Expanding Waistlines ℗ & © Copyright Marc Harris 2020

The subject of ageing and coming to terms with the life changes accompanying it is currently a hot topic for dramatists. Marc Harris has taken up the theme in his new play, Blast from the Past.

The story is that of Tim Horton, a successful actor who has reached retirement age where he is struggling with the loss of his wife and some issues with his memory, but otherwise living a reasonably happy life. Tim has been offered an audition for a small part in a very decent, upcoming film and he’s nervous about going to it. In five distinct scenes Horton, played by Rodger Hayward-Smith, converses with his brother to whom he is close, his twin daughters and his young neighbour who invites him to dinner and the prospect of friendship across the generations. The play takes us through the usual themes of how the generations interact (quite positively in some cases) and how families function, or don’t, particularly when faced with an ageing parent. One of Tim’s daughters urges him to remove his late wife’s clothes from the house, something he cannot do, and a small row follows. This rift is eventually repaired with help from the other daughter.

The play itself is efficiently constructed and progresses steadily through its five stages, broken by an interval. Its strengths are in the accessibility of its subject matter – it seems everyone in the developed world is seeking comfort and help with ageing – and the gentle, generally positive way in which the story is told. The dialogue is natural and on the whole believable. Blast from the Past clearly isn’t meant to be a laugh-a-minute-comedy, nor do I think it should be one.

Tuesday night’s performance was a rehearsed reading rather than a performance. That said, there were costumes, props and scenery, semi-staging in fact, and Barnes Community Players rendered their roles effectively, giving life to the script while reading from files. Rodger Hayward Smith particularly deserves credit for being on stage most of the time and giving an endearing performance as Tim Horton. All in all, Blast from the Past with some tweaking and tightening could well make another dramatic source of reassurance for families and individuals trying to deal with the last phase of life as we know it.

Accompanying Blast from the Past was a second, short sketch rather than a play, (it’s about fifteen minutes long) entitled Stage Door Blues. This involved a couple waiting at the stage door for one of the actors from the first play. It’s cold and they are sniping at each other but there is a little plot twist to entertain the audience and this worked reasonably well on Tuesday evening.

Eleanor Lewis, Mark Aspen Reviews

 

Stage Door Blues - Liz is determined to wait until she has her theatre programme signed. Robert is impatient, and persists in undermining her and Russ, an actor, because of her infatuation with him. Can they overcome their differences and bickering, and is Liz able to hold on to her secret?


Stage Door Blues ℗ & © Copyright Marc Harris 2019


In January 2020, I was delighted that the award winning Barnes Community Players performed a 'double bill' of my plays, as rehearsed play readings - a precursor to fully staged performances in the future. These were Stage Door Blues, a short comedy, and Blast from the Past, a full length drama with much gentle humour. This was staged at the OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, London. I am thrilled to say that it was a full house, and proved to be a great success, with some marvellous feedback from the audience.

Blast from the Past - Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor - who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining, poignant and humorous drama about family relationships, ageing and hope. Can Tim begin to find his inner confidence, and believe that there may be a chance to act for one final time?


In July 2019, my short comedy play, Stage Door Blues reached the short list of Pintsized Plays - an international competition for short plays. 


In July and September 2019 I performed once again (now in my 8th year!) in the tranquil conservatory at Broomfield Park.


From January 2019 I have thoroughly enjoyed being a reader for Enfield Talking Newspaper, an audio newspaper for blind/partially sighted residents. 


In October 2018 I performed in the Watford Fringe, singing a selection of covers and original songs on the guitar.


In July and September 2018 I performed a selection of original songs on the guitar and chatting about what inspired me to write them, in the conservatory at Broomfield Park.


In December 2017 my play, Blast from the Past was discussed by the terrific group of actors and writers at The Script Readers writers workshop at Theatre Royal Stratford East. With many new and exciting ideas explored, I am developing this script further, with the aim of seeing it produced.


In July and September 2017 I performed a set of covers and original songs on the guitar in the conservatory at Broomfield Park.


In September 2016 I wrote and performed in a short scene with two actors at the Cockpit Theatre, NW8. Blast from the Past is an uplifting story showing the main character's life as an actor and his acceptance of change towards the 'winter' of his life. Following encouraging feedback from the audience and from a professional playwright, I am adapting this into a full length play.  


In April and September 2016 I performed as 'resident musician' in the tranquil and acoustically pleasing setting of the 1930s conservatory in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green.


In January 2016 I performed in Looking For You for three performances at Pantameters Theatre, Hampstead. The show was a musical journey of three couples and their encounters with love. This was a staged showcase of musical, jazz and contemporary songs, written by and performed with Sue Van Colle, a talented published composer/lyricist/pianist. We had previously performed this show in October 2015 with an 11 piece classical orchestra.




   

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