SOMETIMES simple ideas are often the best – and with Christmas looming, a good book still makes a great present.
Perth author Chris Thomas has two books to his name, Journo’s Diary and SMS Mess and other plays, both now available at Kaleido Books near the Perth central train station, South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre and via www.journosdiary.biz.
Journo’s Diary describes the comical misadventures of a young cadet journalist as he copes with the good, the bad and the ugly life throws at him.
“It was probably inspired in some ways by The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Ben Elton’s style of humour,” Thomas said. “I’ve occasionally had the feedback that ‘it’s a bit like a male Bridget Jones’ but I wasn’t even familiar with that work until after the book was published.
“I wrote the book I might like to read at the end of the day – if you’ve been up to your eyeballs in paper work you want something light and easy to read in the evening.
“It does get a bit risque in parts but that’s half the fun… it’s the same sort of humour that stems from the books and authors that may have influenced me.”
SMS Mess and other plays is a compilation of several plays Thomas has written over the years, ranging from comedy to the surreal through to a children’s piece.
“During my own personal experience in theatre over the years, as a performer and writer, I have seen a good selection of plays written by WA authors,” he said.
“But all too often they are only given one outing and then forgotten, simply because people are unaware these scripts exist.
“Yet year after year, people are on the hunt for one-act plays, kids’ shows and monologues and can’t find anything suitable.
“Several of my plays have been performed in one form or another and rather than let them gather dust as so many other scripts do, I decided to put them together in a collection.”
The book features eight plays, including:
• SMS Mess, a humorous one-woman show that explores the pitfalls of text messaging.
• Reality Matters, a surreal piece where one character is forced to question his own perception of reality when confronted by an enigmatic character.
• Which One?, a comedy where three university students all make a move on the same girl.
• The Bonza Land of Oz, designed to give children acting experience while highlighting other cultures are embraced in Australia.
• Who’s Your Daddy?, a tale of a failed 80s popstar on the comeback trail, followed by an obsessed fan and cynical music journalist.
• Pickles, a play where one woman plays a housewife, husband, small child, teenager and elderly lady.
• Appetite for Destruction, an exploration of a character’s inner turmoil over his weight.
• King Bling, designed for a teenage audience to highlight the message of managing money, done in a hip-hop context.
“I always had a vision someone could go to a library and pick out the book if they wanted a play to perform, just like I did when I was first looking for a play to direct many years ago,” Thomas said.
More information at www.journosdiary.biz and https://www.facebook.com/KaleidoBooks
JOURNO’S DIARY REVIEWS
“A great buy for anyone in the media industries in particular but still entertaining enough for those who aren’t.” – Laura Tomlinson, Kalgoorlie Miner
“Journo’s Diary will appeal in particular to the younger crowd, and to anyone who’s ever worked as a journalist.” – Debra Hamel, book-blog.com
SMS MESS HIGHLIGHTS
- Selected for PICA's 2008 Putting on an Act Festival and the final night best-of showcase performance.
- Described as a "miniature masterpiece" by The Drum Media.
- Finalist – Short+Sweet Brisbane 2009.
- Finalist – Short+Sweet Melbourne 2009.
journos-colourcover.jpg: Journo’s Diary by Chris Thomas, a comical tale about a young journalist.
SMSmess_cover: SMS Mess and other plays is a collection of eight plays by Chris Thomas.
christhomas1.jpg: Chris Thomas, author of Journo’s Diary.
christhomas1.jpg: Chris Thomas, author of SMS Mess and other plays.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Chris Thomas is a writer, actor, journalist and broadcaster who has developed diverse experience in these areas over several years.
He has many eclectic acting credits to his name and broad journalistic experience, working for mainstream newspapers, independent publications and freelancing for numerous titles, as well as extensive work in media and public relations and flexing his dulcet tones as a radio announcer.
Chris Thomas is the author of the novel Journo's Diary, the Doctor Who short story One Step Forward, Two Steps Back and the plays Which One?, Reality Matters, Appetite for Destruction, Who's Your Daddy?, Pickles, The Bonza Land of Oz, King Bling and SMS Mess, available in the the book SMS Mess and other plays.