Helen Lawrence

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My wife and I enjoy going to the theatre. When we were living in England we’d regularly spend weekends in London attending interesting looking shows picked out of Time Out magazine. We saw everything from a production of Dracula above a pub to Japanese comedians to big shows like Cats. In fact, our honeymoon was spent in London and included a couple of days at a Horror Film festival and a showing of War Horse. Now that we live in Vancouver we have a subscription to the local Arts Club Theatre. It’s relatively inexpensive (especially compared to London ticket prices) and it encourages us to go to see shows we wouldn’t normally think of attending. Sometimes we get a dud but most of them are good, some are outstanding. Yesterday, we went to see Helen Lawrence at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Created by visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Boardwalk Empire) Helen Lawrence is a hard-boiled, film noir-ish, tale set in Vancouver in 1948 that weaves several threads around the arrival of a mysterious femme-fatale. What makes the play unique is the way it’s presented. The actors perform on a blue screen stage behind an opaque screen. … Read More

Google Driving

Philip HarrisChatter, Theatre, Writing AdviceLeave a Comment

I use Google Drive to sync data, including my stories and related docs between various machines. I have backups as well, of course, but Google Drive lets me work across multiple machines very easily and provides an element of redundancy that’s reassuring – at least until last night. I’ve been doing the final revisions to The Ordeal (Season One, Episode Thirteen) and was planning on doing one final pass last night before sending out the first submission. When I came to edit the file, it was gone. After much swearing I managed to load a temporary file into Word that gave me an almost up to date revision but I lost a couple of passes of edits. Today I was able to track down a more recent version of the file but I’d already spent an hour re-revising the manuscript. I’ll now have to go through the two docs and make sure I haven’t missed anything critical. Not particularly convenient. What happened was that, for some reason, when I saved my revisions on Machine A, Google Drive deleted the file on Machine B (presumably ready to update it) but never copied the new file across. I have a weekly back up … Read More