News archive for October 2013

It’s been a great few months for MBA clients! Company Television / Newscope Films’ SECRET STATE, written by MBA's Robert Jones, was nominated for an Emmy in the TV Movie/Miniseries category, and BBC Scotland / Touchpaper’s MURDER, produced by Kath Mattock, directed by Birger Larsen and written by Robert Jones won two Scottish BAFTAs in the Best Television Drama and Best Writer categories and was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award in the TV Drama Short Form category. MURDER previously won a Prix Europa 2013 Best European TV Drama of the Year award as well as a BAFTA for Best Single Drama, and was nominated for Best Single Drama at the Broadcast Awards earlier this year. A series is now underway.

Christopher William Hill’s wonderful stage play MR HOLGADO, recently performed at The Unicorn Theatre and published by Oberon Books, was also nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award in the Theatre Play for Young People category, having recently won Best Show for Children and Young People Award at the TMA UK Theatre Awards.

Following a successful tour in the spring, Tony Ramsay’s brilliant stage play THE LONG LIFE AND GREAT GOOD FORTUNE OF JOHN CLARE enjoyed a second tour from 24th Oct – 16th Nov 2013, including performances at London’s Pleasance Theatre on 5th – 9th Nov.


**** "a finer play than its regional small-space tour might suggest; in concept, language and performance it honours poetry and pain alike"


- Libby Purves, The Times


"Gripping, intelligent and acted with verve...the east of England would be a far poorer place without the indispensable Eastern Angles”


– The Guardian


**** "Richard Sandells as John is immensely moving as both his characters try to simultaneously break out of and seek security within their mental torment"


- Anne Morley-Priestman, WhatsOnStage

The hard-hitting story of the rise and fall and rise of a much-loved boxing great has just been published by Macmillan. 

On 24 November 2012, four-time World Champion boxer Ricky Hatton dropped to his knees, felled by a sickening punch to the body in his first comeback fight in almost three years. Gasping for breath, down and out, it was then that something extraordinary happened: 20,000 fans began to sing his name.

Ricky Hatton: War and Peace is the story of one of British boxing’s true icons. From a Manchester council estate to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton experienced incredible highs in his career, including one of the greatest ever wins by a British boxer, over the IBF Light Welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu. But heavy defeats to two legends of the ring, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, brought him quickly down to earth to face a new set of battles against depression, drink and drugs.

Through it all, however, Ricky Hatton has remained the same charismatic, funny, eloquent man – a man who boxing fans have always taken to their hearts. A man who has survived a lifetime of wars both in and out of the ring, and who in defeat has finally found something close to peace.

As part of St James Studio Play Week Barry Fantoni’s wonderful stage play PICASSO IS COMING… CE SOIR, directed by Rafe Beckley/Peter Gerald and starring Peter Gerald was performed at St James Theatre on Mon 11th and Tues 12th Nov.


“Peter Gerald is an extraordinary actor. He performs this drama and comedy with the surest of touches … This is a genuine tour de force which must not go unrecognised, unremembered, or unseen” - Remote Goat


“A fascinating, highly amusing and very moving night’s theatre with an absolutely stand-out central performance from Peter Gerald” - Alistair McGowan