Phil Richardson

I’d heard that Edge Hill had a great reputation. I was excited by the idea of mixing with other ambitious students and gaining invaluable tuition from professional writers.

“I’d seen so many shows on TV and wondered whether I could write like that.

I’d heard that Edge Hill University had a great reputation and some of my friends said they’d enjoyed their time there. I was excited by the idea of mixing with other ambitious students and gaining invaluable tuition from professional writers.

I’d become a great lover of the classic sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s, but it was John Sullivan’s Only Fools and Horses that captivated me the most.  I was impressed by how such memorable characters, and the hilarious situations they found themselves in, could win the hearts of the nation.  It was only then that I got the urge to try my hand at scriptwriting myself.

One of the second year modules provided a real course highlight.  I wrote a play with two fellow students, which was performed at Edge Hill’s Arts Centre. It gave me an insight into the practicalities of theatre production – writing a script, casting, rehearsals, technical support, and advertising. Hearing people laughing at dialogue I spent months perfecting was an amazing feeling.

The work of Eric Chappell, best known for the classic sitcom Rising Damp, is a significant influence.  His characters are always vivid, and his dialogue is crisp and true to life. John Sullivan created characters that are easy to relate to, and storylines were simple. He brought pathos to the humour, giving his work more depth than the average sitcom. Finally, the plays of John Godber have been helpful because many revolve around domestic issues, which I also enjoy writing about.

I’d like to work in a theatre, working alongside a stage manager, actors, directors and designers.  It would give me the opportunity to watch and learn.

The tutors have always been more than happy to help improve and develop my work. Dr Kim Wiltshire‘s invaluable advice on stagecraft helped me to get the best out of my script; techniques that I’ll continue to use in the future.”

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