Sunday, 19 June 2011

For Father's Day.

Driving to Disneyland

by Teresa Burns

My Dad is driving us home
and is singing a song
about a man who dances on the moon

I like sitting on the front seat
Of his transit van
We’re taller than everyone
Bigger than everyone
And my Dad...
He’s Mr. Cinemascope

As we cruise around the streets of Luton
It’s exhaust coughs and splutters
Like an audience
A performance is about to begin
Inside the rust
Amidst the dust of our luxurious limousine
A Vauxhall sierra in need of a right good clean
It’s cassette player plays
The greats
The musicals of MGM
Me and my Dad
We love them

As the orchestra really swings
He turns to me with a mischievous look in his eyes
I’ve seen that look before
It means one last adventure before bed time

He asks me where’s next, where do I want to go
‘Pfff errr Daaa-ad

‘Come on’
‘Anywhere in the world’
‘Right Now’
‘You choose’

‘New York, Down Under, Auntie Eileen’s, Spain’
As if I needed to think about it


‘Disneyland it is’

He puts his foot down

He’s a space cadet on a mission into outer space
He’s chin sits on top of the giant steering wheel
The moonlight hits his face

Of course I don’t really believe we’re going to Disneyland
He’s just joking in-ee?
He didn’t even ask me which one anyway
Not that it actually matters really

He turns up the stereo
And the pavements light up beneath
And I peer out of the window
The big seat belt tucked under my cheek

The street lamps dance all around us
And I swear there are butterflies in my tummy and in my chest
‘Tell you what
We’ll race the moon to Disneyland’
My Dad says

It was neck-a-neck all the way
The moon was relentless
A stubborn competitor
Who knew the moon was so into Disney?
Harbouring secret desires to get to know Pluto better

We sped and swerved
And we sang all the way
Racing the moon to Disneyland
On a school night
An idle Tuesday

And then we turn into a street
All so familiar to I and he
It was the street that we lived
Not sunny Florida or Gay-Paris!

‘I suppose we’d have to invite Mum and Damien, if we went without them they’d be sad’

As we pulled into the driveway

‘That’s exactly what I thought’ said Dad

He lifts me out off the front seat
My feet
Too little to climb down
We give up the fight
The moon’s smug glare burns our faces now

‘The moon won Dad. We lost’

And we look up at the sky

‘No, Darlin’ in life we never lose

We just run out of time’

He slams the big rusty door
And in his arms I fly

And we never did make it to Disneyland

But who knew

That sawdust

And stardust

Could live so happily side by side


Our baby.


Eva Sampson as Laura.

3 - 29 Aug (not 16)

Pleasance Dome, 13:30

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Edinburgh excitement!

Hello followers!

In just one week it feels as though everything has accelerated and Edinburgh is just around the corner which is scary/so unbelievably exciting.

You can now check us out online (and book tickets if the mood takes you!)

Ed Fringe website:

Pleasance website:

Tickets are already selling!

And of course, we're in love with the Edinburgh brochure (Teresa's is dog-eared already!) - check us out on page 310!

Flicking through - there is so much great stuff up this year and there has been a hell of a lot of show circuling going on! We're really looking forward to seeing 1927, Berkoff's Oedipus, Analogue, Idle Motion, Perils of Love and Gravity, our friends The Great Brain Robbery and so so much more. Do let us know if you've got a show up - we'll come check it out and perhaps have a cheeky drink afterwards?

Excited. Excited. Excited.

Right, back to prop making....

How It Ended


Saturday, 11 June 2011

TaleBlazers - An Evening of Short Plays from Emerging Playwrights


An evening of 10 minute plays at the Hen and Chickens Theatre on June 12th, showcasing the most exciting short plays from emerging playwrights.

The event will be the first of many they hope to produce over 2011 and into future seasons.

How It Ended are representing!

Teresa submitted 'Roll Credits' and it was accepted. I auditioned alongside Neil Chinneck and we were cast. So with Tom Brandt directing we are one of the productions on Sunday night.

After about 11 hours of rehearsals we'll be showing this masterpiece on Sunday. 

If you're around please do come and have some fun with us. 


Our Comedy Night Gossip

Good morning everyone,

I thought I would update you on how Sunday's event went.

So Teresa and I had been to our first meeting with TaleBlazers earlier that day. It was regarding an event of short plays from emerging playwrights, which we are a part of. We then ran to meet Madeleine at The Dog House, Kennington, who had been preparing things for our arrival.

Madeleine had done a brilliant job organising the space, so all we needed to do was add the banner and sweets! 

With the help of Jennifer Longden we were all ready to go. The artists arrived as did our lovely audience, and we were off! 

Waving goodbye to that dreaded Sunday night feeling and enjoying a night of merriment with How It Ended Productions and friends. 

The line up was as follows.

7.55 - EVA OPENS

8.00 - RYAN KELLY & 


A comedic genius in waiting... soon you’ll be saying I saw him before he was famous!’ – Three Weeks




‘Has one a stack of awards... go see why’ – ScotsGay

Winner of Funny Women Awards 2005

     - PAUL CREE

‘Clever ideas... neat punchlines... ones to watch!’ - Spoonfed


Look out for this brilliantly offbeat upcoming Norwegian stand-up, who mixes surreal stuff with dry-as-a-bone gags.’ - The Guardian

Winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2008


10.40 - EVA CLOSES

Of course we ran over and of course the acts were brilliant. 
What a treat! 

Artists ranging from singer songwriters, comedians, comedy sketch groups and spoken word artists made the night a full blown success! 

COMING SOON... A promo video from the night!!

Thank you to everyone who came and to all those great performers. You really are helping us get Waterproof to The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2011!