My first play for radio is called Come to Grief. It won a 2015 BBC Audio Award for ‘Best Adaptation’. I adapted it from a stage play I wrote while I was writer-in-residence at the Royal National Theatre Studio in 1991.
‘The panel said that this script brilliantly exploits radio’s unique ability to voice both the conscious and the unconscious mind. It is a play that haunts you with images that can only be realised by the listeners’ own imagination.’
Here is a list of my stage plays:
What Are Little Boys Made Of?
Student production by Minotaur Student Theatre Company, UEA. I wrote this to take to the Edinburgh Fringe. Stage directions included an instruction for actors to adopt neutral positions (ie; not to act ‘bored’) while they waited for a kettle to boil. Our review in The Scotsman was headlined ‘student drama not my cup of tea’.
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and national tour. Produced as part of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Festival and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. This was an adaptation of Kafka’s short story. The Guardian review described it as ‘a gem’ and it subsequently received a student production staged in the Sydney Opera House as part of a British Council tour to Interplay – an international festival for young playwrights.
The Greenhouse Effect
Orange Tree Youth Theatre. This play was written in response to early concerns about climate change and was Kate Beckinsale’s acting debut…
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Philip Howard directed this production, which toured schools and community centres after performances at the Theatre Upstairs. It was based on research into attitudes surrounding HIV and AIDS education and we worked in the Joint Stock method, researching the subject alongside actors and using personal testimony.
Royal National Theatre Studio. Tamsin Oglesby directed this production and I was lucky enough to be mentored by Sarah Daniels and John Burgess during my residency at the Studio.
Rose Bruford Drama School. This was another play written in the Joint Stock method, using research into the lives of women working part-time as prostitutes.
Royal National Theatre commission as part of the ‘Connections’ project. Performed by young folk nationwide as well as internationally.