How to make a Crisis out of a Drama

Yes, books too!

You might be interested in this book.  Maverick Theatre is re-releasing it with lots of photos and posters, reviews and raves and, mainly, a reprint of a stream-of-consciousness diary I wrote in 1997.


If you have an interest in the arts and writers and literature, then this book scrubs into all this.  There’s no pretension and it touches on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, working with Child Actors, Writing, Sexual Abuse, Ballet Dancers, R.A.D.A., Birmingham, Billesley, Shakespeare, Pubs, drinking too much, How to Avoid Baliffs (is there a TV pilot here?) friendships and feuds, Press Conferences, Formula One and Producing a brand new play with an award from Guinness, The National Theatre and the Arts Council.  How much more do you need..?

I'd not seen Withnail and I, when I wrote this. But there are some similarities! And of course, we’re hoping to sell a few copies to raise some dosh for future Maverick Theatre projects. 

Early Reviews.

"It made me laugh out loud. And on occasion, shed a tear."  John Slater.

"Hennegan writes brilliantly and vividly about the people he encounters. A stream of concienceness that is sometimes painfully honest and often hillaious" Caroline Moore.

"An hillarious, observed must-read if you are thinking of starting a theatre company. Or maybe you shouldn't read it!" Peter Willis.

You can buy either the e-book version (then open it in Kindle, Kobo, iBooks or on your computer or phone or tablet as a pdf.) OR the audio version, read by.. er … me!  Or both...
As always, thanks for your support. Please get in touch if you've any comments, queries or complaints.
Nick x



This is a memoir I edited.  It's from the era of the Peaky Blinders and I think Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, would have loved it. This book is important for a number of reasons.  It deals with a unique time in British history.  Norman's story is that of 20th Century Britain, from its beginning with Zeppelin raids over the UK during the First World War, through the Second World War; the birth of the NHS; IRA bombs and the Millennium.  It also has no agenda. And surprisingly little emotion.  Norman's tenacity and timing with his writing means he is perhaps one of the very first 'citizen journalists.’ Technology now allows many people to record their life stories and recollections. But Norman was one of the first to use the new technology of the time, the PC, to tell his story.  All for the love of his family.  

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