Cloud Nine recently had a swapping of chairs-not of the musical variety, but on our steering group (which our new chair Steve Chambers has elevated to a board! And one of talent and experience as well!) So now that he has massaged our egos, Steve has written a blog (see below) about how he sees his role.
We’re also grateful to Mike Jessop who has been the previous chair for several years-for his support of Cloud Nine, and for keeping us all in order and on message in meetings. I can’t recall a punch up or a hissy fit on Mike’s watch, but perhaps that was why he always made sure we were supplied with strong tea and spicy nibbles! Noreen Rees
So, over to Steve….
As the new chair of Cloud Nine Theatre, I see my principle role as providing a sounding board for Peter Mortimer and a voice of experience in board meetings. Pete and I go back a long way. We’re both from Nottingham (although tellingly he supports County and I’m a diehard Forest fan) and over the years we’ve seen and read a lot of each others’ work. IRON Press published two of my plays and Pete has reviewed most of the others. Most of my early work was in community theatre and youth theatre so I know something about the trials of low-budget productions. The board is already replete with talent and experience and I suspect that my most useful role will be discussing future play ideas with Pete. Chatting informally is a great way of flying kites and finding out what works and what doesn’t. Who knows? I might even write something for Cloud Nine myself.
We’re extremely grateful to Steve for taking on this role, particularly as he is a well established full time writer. For those who are unaware of Steve’s background, his CV is below.
STEVE CHAMBERS grew up in Nottingham. He read mathematics at Imperial College and writes and teaches scriptwriting in the North-East of England. Steve has written original plays for Newcastle’s Bruvvers and Live Theatre, NTC in Northumberland and adapted WOMEN IN LOVE for Derby Playhouse while his feature film HOLD BACK THE NIGHT (prod Parallax, dir Phil Davies) starring Sheila Hancock, opened Critics Week at Cannes ’99 and won the Prix du Publique Forum.
Network TV includes WALLPAPER WARRIOR (Yorkshire/Tyne Tees) and a five part series ‘ZIGZAG Invaders’ (BBC Scotland) as well as epsiodes of ‘CASUALTY’ and ‘BYKER GROVE’.
Steve has written extensively for radio. VICTORIA STATION, his series set in a victorian railway station in Nottingham were recently repeated on BBC R4 Extra. He undertook the first adaptation of James Ellroy’s extraordinary autobiography MY DARK PLACES for BBC World Service. He has adapted iconic works for BBC R4’s classic serial including THE GRAPES OF WRATH, WATERLAND (WGGB Best Radio Daramatisation) and ROBINSON CRUSOE as well as writing a number of orginal plays for Radio 4. His acclaimed original play about Mary Wollstonecraft, SCANDINAVIAN DREAMS, was commissioned by BBC R3. His successful sitcom HIGHLITES (co-written with Shameless writer Phil Nodding) went to six series, an afternoon play together with a pilot episode for TV commissioned by Hattrick Productions. A musical version for the stage is currently in development.
His first novel GLADIO: WE CAN NEITHER CONFIRM NOR DENY was published by Zymurgy in November 2013. He is currently working on a sequel.