I write about what I have experienced in the past and what I think people can relate to. I want to connect with people. I want to entertain them and make them feel happy and not alone but above all else – I want to make them laugh!
GET HAPPY – the sitcom
Episode 1 – ‘S**t happens and then you die’ by Claire Jones and Donnaleigh Bailey.
‘Brummie mummies on the wrong side of 30, old school mates who should know better, attempt to ‘Get Happy’.
The series is set in the multicultural city of Birmingham UK with flashbacks in series one of the 90’s.
Within two multicultural diverse families we explore the expectations of modern day motherhood and break existing stereotypes surrounding both genders.
With visual styles of “Inbetweeners’ and fantasy elements similar to ‘Ally McBeal’.
We have received some amazing feedback so far and are now looking to get the right production company onboard. The show has a strong Birmingham voice and we wish to cast local actors. Here is some of the feedback we have received... 'It's bloody lovely. Really funny and great characters.' Ruth E. Cockburn - Standup comic, writer and performance artist. 'It's hilarious and properly feels Midlands based. It really comes across. What I love most about the character of Alice is that she speaks straight up brummie, that's how my mom speaks. I love the fact that she is black with a strong Midlands accent because we were born here not Jamaica. Gosh I love both of your characters. Clearly, I love it. I can see it being a big hit'. Tonia Daley- Campbell - Actor, director and producer. 'It is such an accomplished piece. I think it is really original. It is so easy with comedy to compare and say it has shades of Chewing Gum x Motherland but in my opinion it is really authentic and I've not seen real women, like my sister, like the mates I still go on my annual piss up with - done well before (where they are not a bit middle class London or full on ghetto.)Love the fact it's Birmingham and Nottingham as the East and West Midlands thing is funny.The stage directions are as funny as the script which shows the comedy bones. Every character makes sense and is different.' Andy Chaplin - Actor and writer
HANGOVER FROM HELL
After touring with Paddy McGuinness on his Saturday Night Live Arena Tour, we then went on to write and produce our Edinburgh show – Hangover Over From Hell. We previewed the show in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham. The show parodied ‘Hangover’ and was based around us losing and then trying to find our new agent on a drunken night out in Edinburgh.
SCREENS – THE SITCOM
Alongside Paula Williamson, I co-wrote and produced the comedy pilot ‘Screens’. We were commissioned by ScreenWM to produce a teaser trailer of the pilot. Production company – Junction15 filmed and directed the production.
‘Screens’ is set in a cinema on a dilapidated retail park in Stoke-on-Trent where Paula Williamson was born and bred.
The sitcom follows the on going battle between the cinema staff, the imbalance of it’s management team and the resident troublesome gang, the ‘Ramones’.
After time spent doing whatever the hell they wish to do suddenly the Icelandic owners arrive on the scene, giving a rude awakening for the staff resulting in some needing a change of pants but are the owners who they say they are?
Does life imitate film? Or does film imitate life? One things for sure, within the crazy walls of this cinema, anything can happen!
THE SKETCH SHOW
We were commissioned by ScreenWM to produce a teaser trailer of our sketch show ‘Brides of Comedy’. Showcasing all the wild and wonderful unique characters we had created over the years since drama school with also a heavy focus on impersonations of well known celebrities and spoofs of popular shows such as ‘Come Dine With Me’, ‘Supernanny’, ‘You Are What You Eat’ and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’. We worked with production company Junction15 who filmed and directed the production. We went on to launch the show at a premiere at Trentham Gardens.
As Brides of Comedy, we embarked on a comedy course which resulted in performing at the Frog and Bucket. We then went on to adapt different well-known songs and shared tongue-in-cheek diary entries.
HANNAH J. LOVINGOOD & PETER MCBRIDE – THE TOUR
In association with LOW FAT THEATRE, I co-wrote ‘THE HANNAH AND PETER SHOW’ which was based on two delusional American chat show hosts who decide to visit the UK with the notion of making English people happy again…and more American. We also produced an accompanying podcast which was in the style of a call-in show where regular characters would drop in each week to discuss how to keep America great.
After finishing university, Paula Williamson and I decided to join forces and became Brides of Comedy. We figured that we were that devoted to comedy we might as well be married to it! We went on to perform our own sketches at different events around the UK.
In association with LOW FAT RADIO, I co-wrote ‘Those Erroneous Fools’ with Hywel Evans. I also voiced the characters of clueless student Richard, the zen like PE teacher and the ruthless headmistress Mrs Hocking.
POETRY FOR PERFORMANCE
I have been writing poetry since 2003 and have performed my poems at a variety of events. At first, this was not out of a want to do it! I used to read my poetry out to my house mate at the time (the lovely Leah) and she encouraged me to perform them. I was also basically told to do it by my creative-power-house of a friend Sonya Moorhead. For my first gig, I stood in for someone else who couldn’t make it at one of Sonya’s events.
Attending a creative writing course back in 2017 encouraged me to write new work to add to my repertoire.
The front cover was designed by Will Lenton- creative in MR WILSON’S SECOND LINERS and the blurb on the back of my book was written by SONYA MOORHEAD of CANOPY productions. I’m exceptionally proud of it.
HAPPY HOUR – YAPPO PRODUCTIONS
In 2002, whilst studying at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and out of a love of comedy, I joined forces with Paula Williamson and Ross Grant and we formed Yappo Productions. In 2005, we then wrote and produced an hour long comedy sketch show called Happy Hour which showcased a variety of comedy characters in a sketch show format.
My love for writing musical comedy started at college. I was extremely lucky to attend somewhere where I was surrounded by very talented people from all walks of life. These people have now become my family. Literally! My closest friend has become my sister-in-law and another has become my writing partner! Donnaleigh Bailey is also an actress and worked extensively in television as Michelle in Doctors. Together with our ‘sisters from other misters’ we adapted well-known songs to create a show about the ruthlessness of showbiz and received full marks as part of our A-level. It’s strange, looking back it seemed like there was no effort involved. We were just having a laugh and loved doing it.