Tagged: The Mountain

TV

Every play I have written has been for film or television but only one has been produced on the small screen. Every other piece of drama I have had to adapt for theatre and radio.

Growing up, my world was shaped by the big screen and the little blue light in the corner of the room. It was a world peopled by cowboys, cops, gangsters and residents of Coronation Street. They did not strut the boards of any theatre but walked tall on the big screen or flickered to life in a black and white fish bowl. It’s all I knew . So when people walk out of the theatre after seeing one of my plays saying that would make great Tv or film, I already know. They were the pictures in my head. And sometimes they’ve made better theatre, and other times – who knows?

THE ONES THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY

1995    BBC 2 Wales TV my television debut with ‘Rainbow Chaser’ directed by Clive Flowers, starring the late great Beefy Jenkins

1998             King of the Mountains’ 90’ screenplay that follows disaffected kids from Dowlais Top (Merthyr Tydfil) to the top of Mont Ventoux on bicycles. BBC Wales commissioned and waiting to be unleashed.

2000                The Mountain – BBC 2 Xcel – Documentary subject – L’Etape du Tour – taking the writer from Ponty nearly to the top of Mont Ventoux

 

 

Art imitating Life imitating Art

Larry & tim l'etape

Larry & Tim à l’etape du tour

In the year 2000 my wife gave me the mother and father of all birthday presents:
L’etape du Tour, a stage of the Tour de France for amateur  cyclists. It was a memorable event which gave me the privilege of meeting one of Wales’ greatest cycling champions, Steve Edwards, and which BBC Wales XL series recorded for posterity in a 30’ Documentary called ‘The Mountain’.

This led to a BBC Wales commission ‘KING OF THE MOUNTAINS’ based on this experience and that of my father’s who was a legendary valley cyclist with one arm. Subsequently, I wrote another  play for BBC Radio 4, which summed up the experience ‘Wouldn’t it be better if he died in the end’ directed by Alison Hindell.

TORCHBEARERS was born out of a bike ride over LLanwonno mountain, past the site where Stanley Baker’s ashes were scattered and where legend has it, part of the film ZULU  was shot. Here, the story of a young welsh boy and a zulu girl meeting and being torn apart by apartheid, broke cover and developed into a vast production for two hundred performers fro, Wales and South Africa.