There’s plenty going on in Rob Windsor’s brain however distant he may look sometimes. While Jo Stroud is busy deciphering Off Her Facebook! and transferring it into the brilliant and exciting graphic novel due out at the end of the year, to coincide with another performance of the Big ‘A’ Trilogy, he is working on play number 4, Sparrow’s Share, Kate’s song.
That is just too long a sentence to even remember how it began!
Sparrow’s Share fills the gap for the audience and storyteller alike, about what happens to Kate Higgins after Off Her Facebook! We discover that she isn’t quite the stoic, level headed mum and wife we thought she was. She had been using that as a mask to survive… until now.
Help yourself to anything that takes your fancy. Plays, graphic novel, bookings and cheese and biscuits.
I was reading about creative brains and it mentions daydreaming – all researched by scientists – about the value of it for creatives. Now all I need to do is convince those around me that I am busy even with the dilated miles away look!
Daydreaming or at least, pretending to…
I am absolutely delighted to announce a collaboration with myself and the immensely talented graphic artist Jo Stroud. Together, we are producing a graphic novel of Off Her Facebook! a performance play I penned back in 2010.
The story follows a family in crisis as they try to cope with an alcoholic father. The graphic novel presents the entire story of eighteen-year-old Laura Higgins and observes her relationship with her dad, Ed. In glorious colour, it explores the enormous sense of conflict in the family as they find themselves affected by addiction. Each member of the family has a unique set of issues and Laura avoids facing the core problem by binge drinking herself. Relationships begin to crumble in the Higgins’ household when Laura’s dad is finally confronted by her mum about his alcohol problem.
The drama allows the audience to explore issues of alcoholism and dangers that are associated with binge drinking, social networking and lack of personal safety awareness. It also explores the issue of communication and love within families and does everything through the medium of fabulously drawn images from Jo.
She’s a wonderfully dark artist and I think the content of Off Her Facebook! is a perfect partner to present the play via a unique medium.
For more details of Jo’s work, please visit JoStroud.co.uk.
The publication date will be announced on here in due course but is expected to be towards the back end of 2014.
If you’d like to see a review copy or indeed, if you’d like stock it, please contact Simon West at Magic Oxygen Publishers.
Ongoing news will be posted here as the date draws near!
Theatre Review: The Big ‘A’ Trilogy by Robert Windsor
By Author Tracey West,
Trustee for NACOA
Patron of WAND
I first met Robert Windsor a few years back at Clouds House, a residential treatment centre for addiction nestled in the verdant woods of Wiltshire. In my role as a Trustee of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, I’d been asked to watch a play he’d written called, ‘Off Her Facebook!‘.
Rob is a night nurse at Clouds, probably one of the country’s most famous addiction centres and it has had some pretty infamous temporary residents; Robbie Williams openly talks about his time there, getting his life back on track. Continue reading