As a writer, the world of stage door hugely inspires me: so much life happens at a theatre's stage door, and some of the characters which pass through are so vivid and unique - the stage door is a little pocket world, with its own language and rules, its own people and its own life that runs parallel to the world which the rest of us inhabit. Theatres themselves are magical places which are rich with colour, and when you think of the number of people who pass through them every day of every year, the possibility for telling stories seems almost endless. I've always been particularly drawn to the idea of telling stories about touring shows and regional theatres, because they, even more so than a West End show, probably see the most of this constant movement and chance; it seems to me that often the richest secret-worlds are formed on tours, somehow the stories seems wilder, the characters seem larger, the secrets more dramatic and the bonds the closest - something about living out of a suitcase with the same people for months at a time just lends itself to magic happening. Back when I first started stage dooring, I wrote some incredibly crazy and random stories, largely based on the people I knew in the Cats 25th Anniversary Cast, but as time when on I came to want to do more true-to-life stories and find a way of integrating them into the more crazy moments I knew were also equally possible to happen in a theatre. From this, an idea for a TV series script was born, and I have returned to this script many times and it is something I would love to one day try and take further. However, the work I am perhaps most proud resulted from a project at university which required me to put together a portfolio of short stories. On the course we talked a lot about what short story anthologies allowed us to do and how they could be presented and the discussion inspired me to think about how perfectly the world of the theatre lent itself to a collection of 'stolen moments' and character studies which, whilst not interconnected into a plot, could still link up to form a picture of the unique touring theatre world. This was how At The Stage Door the book was born - if you would like to read some of these short stories, several are available to read on this site. In the book, there are 56 stories in total, all inspired by real events and people - the book is available to buy on Amazon and also Lulu.com.
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