A writer has turned his love of American show Dynasty into his first ever book.
Steve Burbridge, who lives in Whitburn, has penned How To Be A Dynasty Diva.
The book, which was released this month, sees Steve pay tribute to the diva characters that made the show such a hit and commemorates the 35th anniversary of its launch.
He said: “I decided to write the book for two reasons, I suppose. Firstly, I was always a huge fan of the series when it was shown on the BBC in the 1980s. Never before had I witnessed anything so glamorous, so intriguing and so outrageous.
“Secondly, because 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Dynasty in the US and the 30th anniversary of the arrival of its spin-off, The Colbys, in the UK, the timing seemed absolutely appropriate.
“Obviously, it’s a very exciting experience to become a published author and I am pleased and proud. The feedback, so far, has been very encouraging. People have said that reading the book brought back some great memories, which is lovely to hear.”
Steve, whose debut play Testing Times was met with critical acclaim, says his book is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the show’s big characters.
He added: “First and foremost, it is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to two of America’s grandest and glossiest super-soaps and the diabolical divas that dominated them. There are chapters on fashion, food and drink, husbands and lovers, motherhood, children and grandchildren – and of course, those legendary cat-fights.
“Dynasty was a global phenomenon that was broadcast to an audience of more than 100 million people throughout 70 countries around the world.
“Dynasty defined a decade, encapsulating the 80s with its capitalist themes including power, status, wealth and ambition. The divas weren’t content to be only wives and mothers, they wanted to run their own empires and succeed in what had previously been a man’s world.
“They power-dressed their way to success and were a source of inspiration to many real-life women who’d, perhaps, always dreamed of having a career but never dared to do anything about it.
“And, of course, it was great drama in a completely over-the-top way that was synonymous with the 80s.”
Steve met up with Maxwell Caulfield, who played Miles Colby in Dynasty and The Colbys, while he was in Newcastle starring in Guys and Dolls at the Theatre Royal.
He said: “I was delighted when Maxwell Caulfield agreed to meet me and pose for a picture of me presenting him with his copy of the book after he’d performed in a theatre show in Newcastle.
“The response has been amazing so far, the book has sold in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, USA and the UK, and the orders just keep flowing in.”
How To Be A Dynasty Diva is available now from Creighton Publishing Company, priced £12 + p&p. To order a copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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