Norman Weston is proving it’s never too late to learn a new trick.
The 64-year-old from Eccleston is set to stage his first ever play just a few short years after first picking up a pen in anger on a writing course.
It helped spark IT worker Norman’s creative juices to such an extent that he estimates that over the past few years he has written around 250,000 words collected in novels, poems and short stories.
Now his first play, a comedy based in a family firm in St Helens in the 1960s, is set to be staged at the Citadel on Friday and Saturday night.
Said Norman: “About seven years ago I decided I wanted to try something different so I enrolled on a creative writing course. I was looking for something new and I certainly found it.”
The former Grange Park Technical School pupil, who went on to study maths at Hull University, currently works for United Utilities but spent many years working in the horse racing industry.
“It was a 16 week course at St Helens College, and right away, I thought ‘This is for me’,” said Norman. “I found it very intestering and having looking back.”
After scripting drafts, he approached friends at the Rainhill Garrick Theatre Company, who readily agreed to help stage and act in the production, Carlisle to London.
Norman, of Hawthorn Road, Eccleston, credits his wife Carol for her support and encouragement to help him transfer his ideas from page to stage, adding: “I wouldn’t have been able to have done this without her support and understanding.”
He went on: “I have a full-time job but then I do at least two or three hours of writing in the evening.
“I enrolled on the course to pursue my interest in creative writing.
“During the 16-weeks I discovered a whole range of writing techniques and styles.
“Thanks to the college and its tutors, I was able to take my interest in play-writing further. I am so pleased I enrolled on the course, it has opened up lots of doors for me.”
To find out more about Norman Weston’s production, Carlisle to London or to buy tickets, visit www.citadel.org.uk or call the box office on 01744 735436.
l See Norman reading extracts of his play on our website, www.sthelensreporter.co.uk