My 4-hander adaptation of Henry James’ novella ‘TURN OF THE SCREW’ was successfully produced by Dermot McLaughlin, the Mercury Theatre Colchester and the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton in 2018. Opening in Colchester in February, it toured the UK through the spring, and the text will be published by Oberon Books in the autumn. For information on the tour: https://www.turnofthescrewplay.com/
James’ original novella deals with sexual taboos and elements of evil in a way that was psychologically way ahead of its time. As the adaptor, my task was to retain as much of the ambiguity from the original as possible. Not easy on the stage where something either is or isn’t! You can read more on the process of adapting page to stage here.
What a joy to direct HAIR at the Guildford School of Acting. It’s one of the most inspired and cleverest pieces of dramatic writing I’ve ever worked on – anarchic, uplifting and tragic in equal measure. The students were amazing and I’m delighted with the results. The production runs from 23 – 27 January 2018.
Having never written anything other than plays, I’ve spent much of the last two years writing a book! The result is THE VHS DIARIES, a comic diary about learning German (badly) in Germany. I’m pleased to say that Lisa Eveleigh at the literary agency Richford Becklow Associates has agreed to represent it to publishers. For more information, please contact me, [email protected], or my agent, Lisa, [email protected].
MORE KING! is the play I’m currently working on. It’s my response to Brexit and I hope to have a workshoppable draft ready by next summer. For more info or enquires, please contact me, [email protected], or my agent Colin Blumenau, [email protected]
My new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma marks the bicentennial of Austen’s death with a UK tour in 2017. It’s my fourth Austen adaptation (after Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Mansfield Park) and its first production will open in Leatherhead on 26th May. The production will then play for a week at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford (30th May – 3rd June), Theatre Royal, Bath (5th – 10th June), Oxford Playhouse (21st – 24th June), Festival Theatre Malvern (26th June – 1st July) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (4th – 8th July). Austen’s comedy about Emma Woodhouse’s matchmaking schemes and her attempt to avoid love is a tremendous romp (it’s considered her masterpiece by many) and migrates beautifully onto the stage. I’ve adapted it for 7 actors. Colin Blumenau will direct its premiere production. Colin directed tours of my adaptation of Mansfield Park in 2012 and 2013 and did a brilliant job, so I’m delighted to entrust Emma to him.
For further information on the 2017 tour please contact my agent and Emma’s director/producer Colin Blumenau at:[email protected], phone Colin on +44 (0)203 290 0204 or +44 (0)7748 644308, or see http://www.theproductionexchange.com/emma-2017-tour.html
The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds tours a revival of my adaption of Northanger Abbey. Prior to the production of my adaptation ofEmma, which tours the UK in the spring and the summer, my regularly-staged adaptation of Northanger Abbey will tour the country again from February to May. Theatre Royal Artistic Director Karen Simpson directs a wonderful cast and the venture will cover ten dates. You can read more about it and how to book tickets on the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ website here.
Don’t Even Joke is a comedy about death for three actresses and an old dog. After it’s fantastically joyous workshop in April 2016, featuring Siân Philips, Anita Dobson and Rebecca Front, I have high hopes that the tour being planned for the autumn will be firmed up soon. The play has also been translated into German and it’s possible that ‘Mach bloß keine Witze’ will be produced in Germany before ‘Don’t Even Joke’ is produced in the UK!
I’m directing We Will Rock You in Milan in the autumn. Libretto in Italian with songs in English. Read More to see more information on the Italian tour and videos.
My 4-hander adaptation of Henry James’ novella ‘TURN OF THE SCREW’ was successfully produced by Dermot McLaughlin, the Mercury Theatre Colchester and the
Grand Theatre Wolverhampton in 2018.
Having never written anything other than plays, I’ve spent much of the last two years writing a book!
More King! is the play I’m currently working on. It’s my response to Brexit and I hope to have a first draft ready by the autumn
For work enquiries related to playwriting and theatre directing, please contact Colin Blumenau.