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Stage version of Shocking the donkeys

Posted on July 27 2013 by James

A quick update. This story has not gone away! There is now a stage version of Shocking the donkeys available. You can message us for more details, if you are interested in mounting a production. The same hot topic, Gay marriage in Greece, the same tears and laughter. Requires a mixed cast of 21 performers.

Climb every mountain……

Posted on February 10 2011 by James

Hollywood, here I come. Well, maybe. But here’s an interesting development. The people that flocked to cinemas wordwide to watch “Sister Act” when it first came out will likewise flock to see “Shocking the Donkeys”. Really! That’s what we’ve been told. Or rather, that’s what we’ve been told will happen if we carefully position the [...]

Draft two act two…

Posted on January 4 2011 by James

The re-writing continues. We have had positive feedback about our revised Act One from a possible director. His comments about the script in general were taken on board, we worked through the story again, we saw things from a different view point and we started writing Act One again towards the end of last year. [...]

Shocking the Donkeys draft two

Posted on December 16 2010 by James

The latest news on the Shocking the Donkeys project. Things have been a bit quiet on the blog recently and that was to be expected. After finishing a first draft of the script in November, it was sent off to the production company who are interested in taking the project further. They, in turn, sent [...]

First reading of the script

Posted on November 24 2010 by James

Last night, November 24th, a small group of volunteers got together to read aloud the first draft of the script for Shocking The Donkeys. We were not actors and the idea wasn’t to make a professional recording of the script. The idea was to get it onto tape so that Jack and I can listen [...]

A quick update on the first draft, by James Collins

Posted on November 11 2010 by James

For everyone who’s been following the progress of Shocking the Donkeys, here’s a quick update on where we are with the script. I (James) am almost finished my final check of the final version of the first draft. Jack have been through it to check for repetitions and to make some of the ‘black stuff’ [...]

Why do you treat me like this?

Posted on October 27 2010 by James

Last time we looked at treatments and focused on what kind of a document a treatment is. We’ve nearly finished writing the treatment for Shocking the Donkeys and the next stage is to start writing a script. The treatment we are writing is a detailed scene by scene blueprint of what happens (called by some [...]

The donkey’s back is broken

Posted on October 17 2010 by James

Sounds alarming – but no real donkeys involved here (well, almost). This is just to let you know we have broken the back of Shocking the Donkeys, the screenplay. What that really means is we’re getting close to finishing the treatment for Act 2. As I’ve revealed before, most writers of screenplays find Act 2 [...]

No Page 30 blahs here

Posted on September 21 2010 by James

It’s been a while, so straight off I’m sorry for the delay in bringing you the latest blog. But lots has been happening, much of which I can’t share with you yet, but it’s all good news. So watch this space. Last time I wrote about the page 30 blahs and how that problem wasn’t [...]

The page 30 blahs

Posted on September 6 2010 by James

Having finished the treatment for the first act of Shocking the Donkeys, we now stand on the threshold of what some writers call “the page 30 blahs”. This is a fascinating phenomenon that only applies to screenplay writers of feature movies and when I first read the phrase I said “that’s me!” To explain: if [...]