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TILL JUNE 2017

PLAYS PRODUCED: (see stories published below).

2017ELLEN (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: NEW: HERE’S A HOW-DE-DO (Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble Sing Gilbert and Sullivan + we learn of Laetitia Prism’s incredibly extraordinary life!) Michael Lunts and Collette Kelly have non-exclusive agreement to perform the show. Anyone else interested in performing are invited to make contact (c.owen718@btinternet.com)

Here’s How-De-Do is the product of an extensive rewrite and re-creation of my show A Wilde Affair, toured between 2006- 2008 by Michael Lunts and Susan Flannery in over 50 UK venues and also in some in Australia.

2017 November 18th: Recital performed by Another Way Theatre at the Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton.

2017 June 3rd: 1st performance of Recital (full length ‘musical’ version) by Chris Chambers and me performed at Caterham Festival by Nicky and Chris Chambers and members of The Another Way Theatre Company.  

2017 – 2014: A FAMILY AFFAIR performed in UK, Australia, Ireland.

2017 February: RECITAL to be 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

Click here for WV EXTRACTS

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 downloadEXTRACTSBEWARE! DANGER ZONE! EXTRACTS

2011STILL 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

CLICK HERE FOR: A FAMILY AFFAIR EXTRACTS 2

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 downloadEXTRACTSA 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.

1973: WHAT!
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.

COMMISSIONS INCLUDE:

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.

FICTION PUBLISHED:

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.’

2016 November: AMERICA AWAITS US, MY LOVELY was published on Seren Books website for the month of November 216

May 2015. THE BALLAD OF CARMIL FORESTER now published in print Issue 4 of Valve Journal.(Glasgow). To buy CLICK HERE   

June 2014. DUNCAN is published in June 2014 issue of The Irish Literary Review. To read for free CLICK HERE

‘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.

March 2014. DYE IT RED, SHE SAID is in the latest issue of Smoke London Peculiar – a great edgy off-the-wall magazine. My story is free to read CLICK HERE  Or on Smoke’s website HERE

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 2014Final 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.

Further comments:

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.

 

 

 

LATE DECEMBER 2011

Christopher OwenMy play Beware! Danger Zone!
is to be performed at the 2012 RAFTA Festival of One-Act plays in May.

 

 





2 comments

  1. Congratulations, Chris, on the win at the Lost Theatre Stockwell!
    Great website!
    Love, Ian and Bill

  2. Thanks, Ian and Bill.

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