I’m currently writing a new play about the amazing Victorian reformer Annie Besant. This is another project (after the success of The Second World) for the post grads at LAMDA, with whom I’m developing the play. It should be finished by Christmas.
Pig receives its world premiere in Toronto on September 15th at the Buddies In Bad Times theatre. It’s going to be directed by Brendan Healy and has a stellar Canadian cast. They tell me they’re going to do it in ‘English’ though! It’s been so long getting to production.
Now I just have to renew my campaign to persuade British theatres to be as brave as Buddies In Bad Times have been in slating it. For details of the production, have a look at the Canadian company’s website.
RADA have accepted the second draft of my Elizabethan epic about Sir Walter Ralegh, and are looking to schedule it next year, if we can get the casting right. Meanwhile I will be directing the graduating students there in May.
Kimalia had a great run at Mountview and has now been rewritten and retitled as STAY. It’s doing the rounds, and I really hope to see another production of it somewhere soon. Everyone agrees what an urgent subject it handles and that the play is powerful, moving and funny too. So I hope someone picks it up.
On the adaptation front, I’m working on two new titles. Meanwhile, my new version Mansfield Park looks like it will have another national tour this year, after its successful one last year.
Meanwhile, I’m holed up writing a musical, working on a new translation of St Joan of the Stockyards and preparing a play about Annie Besant for LAMDA.
My production of We Will Rock You (with Libretto in Italian and songs in English) opened in Trieste in October 2018 and ran till April 2019. After a record breaking tour, it will open again in Italy in the autumn.
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.
My first non-fiction work will be published in the autumn by Claret Press. An ode to a potential union, a lament for a lost citizenship and a celebration of life, I report from the cosmopolitan bubble of Berlin.
I’m thrilled to say that the Arts Council of England has awarded me a grant to write a community research-based play that will directly engage local people in Exeter and East Devon, and lead to a play that will be workshopped with local communities in Exeter and London. Click to Read More
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