Theatre

Marry Me You Idiot

I was once sacked from a BBC TV series for writing a script that was ‘too funny.’ The producer who sacked me said I should be writing comedy. It was the best thing that could have happened to me in a way because I went off and wrote the ‘heart-warming’ comedy; ‘Marry Me, You Idiot’ which opened at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London in 2002 starring the late and lovely Lynda Bellingham.
Marry Me You Idiot
Reviews

A modern role reversing adaptation in which Elinor Waugh is a New York feminist bringing up a boy to be a new man. Just as Molière satirised his time, “Marry Me, You Idiot!” is a perfect satire of today. MARRY ME, YOU IDIOT! shows the sex war can be fun. It is Nuture v. Nature with a real twist.

‘Sykes’s enjoyable romp turns Molière on its head – the roles maybe reversed but the conflict remains in this perennial battle of the sexes.’
Sarah Willcocks The Stage

‘Heart warming . Sykes deviates from the original to offer a kinder treatment of age thwarting youthful passions in this fresh six hander that shows we’re all love’s idiots.’
Sarah Adams Time Out

Playing Away

My next play was ‘Playing Away‘ which premiered to great notices at Sadler’s Wells in London in 2005 and was revived at the Frinton Summer Festival in 2011, where it was great to find myself on a playbill with Neil Simon, Alan Ayckbourn and Henry James! Elisabeth is at the centre of a love triangle. She has one lover in London, Roger Rodgers, and another life in Paris with paramour Pierre. But can she carry on having her gateau and eating it?

A comedy about men, women friendship and the love/hate relationship between the English and the French

Performed at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Roseberry Avenue, Islington London EC1 February 15th -March 5th 2005. Starring Philippe de Grossouvre, Trevor Sellers and Rebecca Thornhill. Directed by Thiery Harcourt.

The play is published by Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd., London
ISBN 0 85676 285 7. Copies can be purchased from bookshops or direct from the publisher

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Playing Away Frinton Programme

The Great Lucifer

The last three months of Sir Walter Ralegh’s life as he struggles against fate and his enemies.

The Great Lucifer
Playing Away

Other Work

  • The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival/Vodafone new writing event 2005 – ‘Mr & Mrs M’ – a 30 minute play in a reading by Sian Philips and Trevor Sellers, directed by Thierry Harcourt at the Oxford Literary Festival
  • The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival/Vodafone new writing event 2004 – directed Samantha Bond and a company of five actors in a rehearsed reading of two new plays for the stage by Simon Brett and HRF Keating
  • The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival/Vodafone new writing event 2003 – “3 Characters in Search of a Mobile Phone” directed Harriet Walter and a company of six actors in a rehearsed reading of four new plays for the stage by the finalists
  • 2001 ‘Marry Me, You Idiot’ – Rehearsed reading at The Criterion Theatre, directed by Anthony Marriot
  • 1995 ‘The Great Lucifer’ – Theatre Agog production at the Old Fire Station Oxford
  • 1995 ‘The Great Lucifer’ – rehearsed reading at The Oxford Playhouse by the Oxfordshire Touring Theatre directed by Daniel Buckroyd
  • 1998 The Great Lucifer Doodah Theatre, Oxford