PLAYS PRODUCED: (see stories published below).
2018. SAMMY. Comment: High Tide Literary Department: ‘an incredibly compelling story of a couple navigating their way through grief, and those characters and their struggles were captured really well.’ Theatr Clwyd. ‘Our Literary Associate was impressed with the way your storytelling engaged with such a pertinent debate that so often is hidden behind tabloid, chickbait headline.’ BRIEF SYNOPSIS: It’s five years since baby Sammy died. His parents Carrie and John Botham had unsuccessfully gone to the High Court to prevent the hospital from removing his life support. The case created international interest, especially among pro-life supporters. Five years on, fragile Carrie is still grieving. John is trying to encourage her to ‘move on’. Enter Moira, a pro-life fundamentalist whose presence threatens Carrie and John’s already imperilled marriage….
2018: BUSH THEATRE. My play LAYING THE TURF is among the 100 scripts out of 850 which made it to a second reading at The BUSH THEATRE. ‘The voice is unique – The play explores well their varying attitudes towards class, power, capitalism and culture.’ Brief synopsis: 4 park employees lay turf at the front of a new fountain erected in honour of a multi-millionaire sponsor of an extensive rehabilitation of the park which has included the building of a large concert hall. They are unhappy about the commercial changes that have been made to the park and with the character and activities of the sponsor. Tomorrow there is to be a VIP opening celebration. From time to time they can hear Midsummer Night’s Dream being performed in the Open-Air Theatre in the park.
2018 Papatango New Writing Prize: ‘Laying the Turf’ reached the second round, one of 312 out of 1384 entries.‘It’s an interest premise and a very good inclination to represent characters on stage that are rarely seen. You also show a clear ability for comedy.’
2018 – 2014: A FAMILY AFFAIR performed in UK, Australia, Ireland.
2018 February: My ‘musical’ show HERE’S A HOW-DE-DO (Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble Sing Gilbert and Sullivan) is to be toured in 2019 by Michael Lunts and Colette Kelly. The script is shortly to be published by StageScripts Ltd. The show is a revised version of A Wilde Affair which Michael Lunts and Susan Flannery extensively toured the UK between 2006-2008. Comment: ‘An excellent entertainment…an hilarious evening’ Newbury Weekly News – Hungerford Festival Review.
2017: ELLEN (monologue) long-listed (in 10% of top 1,136 entries) for HERETIC VOICES / ARCOLA THEATRE project.
2017. November. My short piece DROWNINGS performed as part of the ‘Best of Bolton’ programme at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
2017 June 3rd: 1st performance of Recital at Caterham Festival by The Another Way Theatre Company. SYNOPSIS: ‘Temperamental’ Gillian is a concert platform singer. ‘Boring’ Trevor her pianist. They’re on tour. She has a sore throat. She has a concert tonight. But Trevor has broken his wrist! They desperately try to find another pianist. No one is available. By the end, Trevor has done his back in and can’t stand up straight, and Gillian can’t speak. Disaster!
2017 February: RECITAL published by STAGE SCRIPTS LTD.
2016. THE TOUCH OF A BUTTERFLY’S WING has been long listed for the PAPATANGO Competition. Feedback from the Papatango readers was that: ‘A strong, heartfelt piece of writing exploring difficult and pertinent themes. Bernard’s character is totally affable and well-drawn, which makes the reveal at the end all the more tragic, and allows us to explore a complicated issue from several sides. Dialogue is strong, and the piece is well-paced. Congratulations for tackling such difficult themes.’
2016 April: STILL WATERS produced by MIND THE GAP THEATRE at the Manhattan Theatre, NEW YORK.
2015 November: WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SINGING TONIGHT! performed by Quids-In Theatre Company, Aberdeen as a ‘Lunchbox’ show.
2015 September: WINSTON BROWN (monologue) performed as part of PAINES PLOUGH’S NOT-TOO-TAME ROUNDABOUT season at THE LOWRY, SALFORD / MANCHESTER.
2014 November: A FAMILY AFFAIR performed by THE PHILLIP ISLAND OFFSHORE THEATRE, AUSTRALIA.
2013: WOMEN’S VOICES (about a feminist a cappella choir) by Susan K Monson and Christopher Owen premiered 16th – 19th October as part of the Manchester (Women in Comedy) Festival, produced by the Manchester based New Live Theatre Company. Cast: Kerry Leigh, Sean Fitton, Hilly Barber, Victoria Kerr, Betty Webster, Parisa Nikkhah-Eshghi and Una Love. Director: Clare Barry. Producer: Paul Kenney. For poster detailsCLICK HERE
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2012 / 2013 / 2014: A PARSON’S TALE: tour of North West UK by New Live Theatre Company, Manchester, starring Bob Young. Director: Paul Kenney. A Parson’s Tale previously was toured by Christopher Owen in the UK and Gulf between 1995 & 2004.
May 2012: BEWARE! DANGER ZONE! One Act Comedy on Health and Safety. First performed in 2012 by Cranwell Amateur Theatrical Society at the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association Festival of One-Act Plays, Lincolnshire 2012. Click to downloadEXTRACTS: BEWARE! DANGER ZONE! EXTRACTS
2011: STILL WATERS A 5 minute comedy sketch. 1 M 2F.Winner of the Lost Theatre Five Minute Festival 2012. Subsequently performed by the New Venture Theatre, Brighton. Adapted to a short film in 2014
JUNE 2010: A FAMILY AFFAIR. Performed by the ADELPHI THEATRE CLUB.
2009: A FAMILY AFFAIR which was winner at the ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION FESTIVALof One Act Plays 2009. Adjudicator: Paul Fowler GODA Comment: “The comedy is dry and understated with the occasional eruption of emotion I can hardly remember when I last saw such committed eating on stage. It was a great moment of theatre and beautifully handled by all concerned.” A FAMILY AFFAIR is now published and represented by Stagescripts Ltd and is on the Stagescripts website. To check out information CLICK HERE:
ALSO SHOWING AT: www.dramagroups.com
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2006 – 2008: A WILDE AFFAIR. (Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble In Concert). Toured the UK with Susan Flannery and Michael Lunts between 2006 and 2008. It also played in Australia. Comment: ‘An excellent entertainment…an hilarious evening’ Newbury Weekly News – Hungerford Festival Review. Click to downloadEXTRACTS: A WILDE AFFAIR EXTRACTS
1995 – 2004: A PARSON’S TALE Toured extensively throughout the UK and in the Gulf States between 1995 – 2004.’Hilarious. Involves the whole audience. By the end of the evening it felt we were taking leave of a dear friend’ – Lichfield Mercury. CLICK HERE FORA PARSON’S TALE EXTRACTS
2000: RIGHT HO, WODEHOUSE! Toured the UK extensively between 2000 and 2004. Based on the writings of PG Wodehouse with songs by Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello. ‘Absolutely spiffing’ – D. Telegraph.
1983: A REAL KING KONG
First performed at Theatre Space, The Oval, Kennington, Chats Palace Homerton, London.
1983: KENNEDY’S DOWNSTAIRS
Comedy material for the revue at Kennedy’s Downstairs, King’s Road, Chelsea.
1980: SCRIPTS FOR TWO SHORT (Educational) FILMS
on Employment Equality and on Youth and Alcohol.
a revue – music and lyrics by Alan Mason and Diana Bishop, performed at the Howff, Chalk Farm, London.
1970: CHAMPAGNE FOR CHECHOV
performed at Crewe Theatre and Keele University.
1989: FACADE. 90 MINUTE Screen on Two BBCTV.
Producer: Louis Marks. Director: Warris Hussein. To star: John Gielgud. The production finally pulled due to lack of American money.
2018. My story SARAH has been long-listed (was in the first 26 of 700 submissions) for the Royal Society of Literature V.S. PRITCHETT short story Prize.
2018. My story ‘Our Revels Now Are Ended’ has been long listed for the Dorset Fiction Award 2018.
2017. Autumn. My story THE DROWNINGS published by The Binnacle, the Literary Journal of Coastal Maine at the University of Maine at Machias.
2017 April: HERMENEUTIC Chaos Journal (Sidney, Australia) comment of my story DROWNINGS: ‘DROWNINGS presented to us a narrative landscape stunningly wrought with haunting imagery and beautifully crafted language.’
May 2015. THE BALLAD OF CARMIL FORESTER now published in print Issue 4 of Valve Journal.(Glasgow).
August 2015. PLAY UP AND PLAY THE GAME. LONDON STORY COMPETITION. In top 50 of 400 submissions.
June 2014. DUNCAN is published in June 2014 issue of The Irish Literary Review.
‘I loved DUNCAN, the saddest tale, imprisoned by caution, everything shrinking, brilliant end. I like the dry voice and the relentlessness of it!’ Chris Buckton, writer, education consultant.
‘So good and so sad. Very atmospheric.’ Carolyn Pertwee, writer, actor, director.
18th February 2014. FACEBOOK FRIEND & I’M DYING, EGYPT published in the Neon Literary Magazine Issue 37. To Buy CLICK HERE With writing by Paul Bavister, Shanalee Smith, Noel Williams, Christopher Owen, Tracey S Rosenberg, Erric Emerson, Meg Eden, and Joe Evans
January 2014: Final Chapters Anthology published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in which my story An Honourable Life is included is now available for purchase from the publisher’s website CLICK HERE
2014: AN HONOURABLE LIFE (short story)to be re-published in an anthology ‘Final Chapters’ by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
16TH MAY 2012. AN HONOURABLE LIFE (short story) won 1st prize in the Dying Matters Coalition Final Chapters Writing Competition. The story read out at the ceremony by actor Barbara Flynn, and published in the anthology Final Chapters by Dying Matters Coalition. ISBN 978-1-898915-93-5.
To read AN HONOURABLE LIFE CLICK HERE:AN HONOURABLE LIFE
20th MAY 2012: THE CAMEL’S BACK (short story) read by Amanda Hadingue at White Rabbit’s ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’ event at the Secret Garden Pub, Battersea Park Road, as part of the Wandsworth Festival.
27th MAY 2012: ANTHONY AND MONICA (short story) read by me at StoryTails storytelling event at The Three Crowns Pub, Stoke Newington.
Long / Short Lists:
‘A Cuppa Tea and a Kit Kat’ in the long list of 16 submissions for the Felixstowe Festival Short Story Competition 2015.
‘Play Up and Play the Game’ in the top 50 of 400 submissions for the London Story Competition 2015.
Re: ‘An Honourable Life’, ‘How Are You Doing?’ and ‘The Crow’: ‘They are sensitive and engaging and I have enjoyed reading them very much’. Penny Thomas, Fiction Editor. Seren
Re: ‘Recital’: ‘Hilarious’. The Mark Twain Humour Contest USA 2015.
‘We really enjoyed your stories — Dr Reynolds’ Mother and An Honourable Life.’ Anne McDonnell of Pewter Rose Press.