Playwright and author. My plays to date include 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?', 'Casual Encounters' 'After We Danced' and 'Boxes'. My one book is 'Around the States in 90 Days' the true story of my 2006 road trip across the US and Canada. Also founder member of NoLogoProductions a new writing theatre company that have taken plays to Edinburgh and other UK fringe festivals.
My latest play is A Beginner's Guide to Populism, which was chosen for the Voila! Europe Festival at The Cockpit, London in November.
I also tutor Creative Writing and English Literature, because, let's face it, you can't make a living from writing alone!
A Beginner's Guide to Populism
Theater by NoLogoProductions - To be performed in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow in November Writer The villagers of Little Middleton are up in arms at proposals that will spell the end of their historic village. Following the announcement of plans to create Middleton Garden City, residents have launched the Save Little Middleton campaign to preserve their community and keep it out of the hands of property developers, speculators and all those who would destroy what they hold dear. Leading the campaign is Parliamentary candidate Antonia Morgan – an odd choice, perhaps, given her previous endorsement of the proposals, but this is modern Britain and modern politics, and this is A Beginner’s Guide To Populism.
Theater by NoLogoProductions - London Theatre Workshop Writer/Director Josh and Steph live down the corridor from Dave and Gemma in rented studio apartments. Josh works in property, setting up deals for overseas buyers looking to bury their money in a city where prices continue to rise. Steph is a solicitor, drawing up paperwork for his clients. Josh and Steph are thinking big. This is just a stopping place for them. Dave wants to escape the world of local newspapers by exposing the truth about the money the London property bubble is built on. Gemma is a supply teacher who moved to London to be with him. Dave and Gemma aren’t thinking big. They’re just trying to survive. Boxes is a play about London’s booming property market and what it really means for people here and abroad.
After We Danced
Theater by NoLogoProductions - two week run at Space on The Mile (Edinburgh) with sell out shows in August 2015. Also sold out at Buxton Fringe 2016 Writer/Director Fran and Finn are young and in love in the summer of 1952. He has just completed his national service, and is spending the summer on the coast, putting off the day when he'll have to get a proper job, and dreaming of a world where he never will. She is living with an overly protective father, also dreaming of an escape to a better future, worrying that it will never happen, and scared that this will be the only life she ever knows. When they meet on the beach it is the start of a relationship that will define both their lives, and a new world of possibilities open up for them. What they don't realise is that it's to be the only summer they spend together, and after it ends it will be more than half a century before they meet again. All those years later, they are still in love, so what happened to keep them apart? A love story inspired by real events.
Casual Encounters (One Act play)
Theater by NoLogoProductions/Sapce@Surgeons Hall,Etcetera Theatre, Courtyard (Hoxton), London Theatre Workshop (Fulham) Underground Venues (Buxton), Henley Fringe Writer/Director A black comedy about wife swapping and other inappropriate behaviour James and Jennifer Rogers have been seeing a marriage guidance counsellor. When she tells them they should try something new, James decides this can only mean one thing - wife swapping. Not that he’d want the neighbours to know, and to keep his new hobby a secret he’s been trawling the internet to find a suitable couple for their first causal encounter. What he and Jennifer haven’t realised is that not everyone tells the truth online. They might be about to find this out the hard way when Peter and Annette Morgan enter their house.
I touch the sky beneath my feet
Theater by Cornerhouse Director
Casual Encounters - Short Play
Theater by SEDOS (2012) OHADS (2013) Writer
Going for Gold
Theater by Plays with Words (2012) Cornerhouse (2013), Green Arts Festival, Surbiton Festival and Laugh Kingston (all 2014) Writer Brendan Connor has caught the Olympic bug. He’s seen the Olympians winning medals and fancies some glory for himself. But Brendan is an impatient man, he doesn’t want to wait as long, or train as hard, as they did. Why should he in a world of instant success and gratification? That's why he's chosen the fast track to fame and is going for gold in the world's most competitive sport - Chilli Pepper Eating.
Theater by Kensington Drama Company Co-writer
A Bridge Game Too Far
Theater by OHADS Writer/Director Winner of the 2011 Roy Purdue Trophy for new writing at the Roy Purdue New Playwriting Festival at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. For the residents of a local retirement home, the weekly bridge game is more than just a way of life, it's a way of staying alive, so when Mabel Shepherd announces she's sitting the game out for the night, the news travels fast as her fellow bridge partners plan their next moves and play their cards a little too far from their chests.
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Theater by NoLogoProductions Writer/Actor It's 1977, and as a 20th anniversary treat, Dwight Carter decides to take his wife to all 12 dates of an Elvis tour - his music brought them together, so what better present could there be? The only problems are his wife no longer loves Elvis, and today is August 16th, and the King is about to leave the building for the last time. Performed across the UK in 2010 and 2011 and in Memphis in 2015 and 2016.
Mistaken for Strangers
Theater by NoLogoProductions/Westminster Players Co-writer/Actor December 31st 1999 and the class of '89 are gathered for a reunion to celebrate their post-university lives and the end of the Millennium. At least, that was the plan. Most of them either can't be bothered, or have better things to do, leaving just a lecturer, a former welfare officer, the Bursar's wife, a handful of students, and a couple of people who weren't even at the University, to see in the new century in each other's company.
Heart Shaped Box
Theater by NoLogoProductions Writer/Director September 2000, Kurt Cobain may have been dead for six years, but the legacy of his life, and, more importantly, his death, still loom large in the memories of Diana and Lawrence, after their friend killed himself shortly after his hero did the same thing. As Diana faces the prospect of seeing a group of his friends for almost the first time since his death, she discovers that people have different ways of coping with loss, or forgetting about lives not lived.
Theater by Cornerhouse Director
Runner Up - ArtsRichmond New Writing Festival (Casual Encounters)
Winner - ArtsRichmond New Writing Festival (A Bridge Game Too Far)
Best new writing - Elmbridge Drama Festival (Are You Lonesome Tonight?)
Finalist - Ovation Theatre Awards (A Bridge Game Too Far)
University of East Anglia, England