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From Magistrate court to centre stage

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An OBV shadowing scheme graduate, who discovered Leona Lewis, debuts as a playwright in Jackson Lane Theatre, London early next month.

Multi faceted entrepreneur Diane Thompson popularly known as Lady D, debut play “A Moment of Madness” will premiere early September.

Diane took part in the Magistrates shadowing scheme in 2007. She shadowed magistrates at Highbury court to find out more about the magistracy, while still busy with her artistic interests.

Thompson spent 10 years writing a book but the changed the format and turned it into a theatre play titled ‘A Moment of Madness. The play unfolds through a series of male and female perspective relationships performed via a string of sketches.

Before embarking on a writing career Thompson was a talent promoter for her production company Image of Life Productions.

Thompson’s artistic persona Lady D said:

“I used to produce talent competitions and my claim to fame is organising a talent competition in 1998 at the Hackney Empire which starred a young Leona Lewis. Yes I discovered her first!”

The urge to be part of the community by making positive contributions was always an important factor in Thompson’s life.

This was also one of the key factors in her decision to take part in the Magistrate Shadowing Scheme.

She said:

“I had a very positive experience  learning about the work of magistrates. I think being a magistrate carries a lot of responsibility and I would definitely consider applying in the future.”

But up to this point Thompson never found the time to return to her interest in becoming a magistrate as she pursued another one of her passions – writing.

And Lady D has already moved on to her next play. She says:

“I’ve started writing my next play. I really love writing.”

A Moment of Madness plays on the 4th, 11th and 18th of Sept 2010 at Jackson Lane Theatre, Archway Road, London N6 5AA. Ticket office: 0208 341 4421

By Regina Nyametscher

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