Way back in March or April Sarah McIntyre and I did this Oliver and the Seawigs puppet show – puppets and stage both made by Sarah, of course.We used it ‘live’ at the Oxford University Press sales conference, and Ed Beck and David Mead from MB Films filmed this version in Sarah’s studio, The Fleece Station. I think this one was done first, and was a sort of trial run – I had a rather fetching Oliver hat by the time we did the sales conference. I’m still hoping it will ride again one day, but so far it’s proved too cumbersome to transport to literary festivals.
In another Seawiggy development, I did an interview for a feature called ‘Inheritance Books’ on Mel Giedroyc’s Four O’Clock Show on Radio 4 Extra. You can hear it here:
Coincidentally, Mel Giedroyc is appearing at the moment in The Opinion Makers, a new musical by my old friends Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon. I haven’t seen it yet, but I have seen almost all the other plays they’ve written since the mid-1990s, like this one and this one, and I’m sure it will be brilliant. It’s just finishing its run at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and will be on at the Derby Theatre later this month.
Oliver and the Seawigs, meanwhile, is available from all good bookshops.
Following on from our pre-publication party (see previous post), here’s a short film by MB Films in which sarah McIntyre and I discuss Oliver and the Seawigs, how we came to write it, and how we work together.
And Sarah has done a fantastic blog about how she built the six foot high, Marie Antoinette-style wig which she was wearing at the party on Wednesday. Next time your small daughter (or son) wants to go the school dressed as a princess for World Book Day, just buy a huge quantity of clingfilm and click this link.