Progress has been made with my play, 'All My Pretty ones' which is based on the tragedy of Oradour Sur Glane. The first act should be completed soon! So watch this space!
The Women's World Cup began last night in Paris, France and what a great start! The French beat Korea 4-0 and what a great victory for the French girls! A brilliant display! I am looking forward to the rest of the tournament and if yesterday's game is anything to go by we are in for … Continue reading They’re off ! Women’s World Cup!
This week saw the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. My father, Pat Hayes CPO was there on the HMS Belfast which was firing at the German gun batteries on the coast to prepare for the landings. There have been very moving and memorable images on the TV during the last few days. I was … Continue reading D-Day Anniversary
"Down this road, on a summer day in 1944 . . . The soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community which had lived for a thousand years . . . was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, … Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane.75th Anniversary.
On the 27th May which is bank holiday here in the UK is also the anniversary of the death of Mary Ashford who was murdered on that day 1817 in Pype Hayes, Erdington. I have written about this mystery in my book, "One Morning in May." However, incredibly 157 years later on the same day … Continue reading Murder Mystery in Erdington!
My dear French friend Maryse unfortunately had an accident on Erdington High Street. When taken to hospital she realised that she didn't have her mobile phone on her and therefore was unable to contact either family or friends. However, later that afternoon I received an answer phone message on my mobile. It was from Maryse … Continue reading Napoleon to the rescue!
Mes amis, I have been overwhelmed by the success of my latest play, Les Vaches dans Le Champ that was performed in Birmingham last month at the Blue Orange Theatre. The feedback, fast and flowing has been tremendous. The cast were wonderful as was the director, Marcus Fernando and all the production crew! Merci beaucoup. … Continue reading Les Vaches dans Le Champ
I am delighted to announce that a play that I have written in association with Theatre d'Europe - 'LES VACHES DANS LE CHAMP (The Cows in the Field)' will be performed this coming FEBRUARY at the Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham from Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee on the … Continue reading LES VACHES DANS LE CHAMP (The Cows in the Field) FEBRUARY 2019 PRODUCTION NEWS!
Happy New Year, Bonne Annee from Chateau de Brum! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Tomorrow is Twelfth Night and the last evening of Christmas ending with the Epiphany on the 6th. The time when the Magi brought presents to the baby Jesus. If you … Continue reading Happy New Year! Bonne Annee!
Just like the Queen of England delivers her Christmas message from Buckingham Palace to the good people of the UK, just like the Pope gives his blessings in "Urbe et Orbe" from Rome. Our beloved Emperor gives his festive greetings and news from "Chataeu de Brum," Birmingham. Here's the link for that Yuletide special! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xRxitNZPM4