If you have found this website it probably means that you are interested in theatre and in particular theatre for young people, children and their families and I bid you welcome.
Here you will find information about the plays I have been writing over the past thirty years, including plays for adults, adaptations and musicals. There are synopses of the plays and information about how to get hold of scripts, either for professional or for amateur use.
I have spent all my working life in the professional theatre and believe in its power to affect not only individual lives but also, and perhaps as a consequence of changing individuals, the very nature of our world.
Young people need theatre and all it can offer, both as participants and as audiences, more than ever. In the theatre one can reshape the world for a time and examine it from different points of view in a safe and socially cohesive environment.
I try to create work that does not preach, that examines the pressures under which we live through story and metaphor, that is fun, sometimes dangerous, but always I trust, humane and hopeful.
News – Winter 2014
Two new publications are now available.
New Plays For Young People (ISBN 978-1-906582-51-7) is an anthology which includes:
- Missing, which won the prestigious German Children’s Theatre Prize
- Pirates, which won a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
- Nivelli’s War, which was nominated as best play for children and young people in the recent UK Theatre Awards. ‘World class children’s theatre’ Belfast Telegraph
Hard Times (ISBN 978-1-906582-48-7) – with an introduction by Chris Honer– is a highly acclaimed adaptation of Dickens’ critique of utilitarianism which speaks directly to any society that treats its young people as cogs in an educational/economic machine. The play has a large cast and is therefore suitable for amateur as well as professional production. Five stars – from The Independent.
In October I was invited to Bucharest to be a judge at the international children’s theatre festival 100, 1.000. 1.000.000 Stories. This was a wonderful experience and the quality of the work on show was very high.
In Germany, both Rose mit Dornen (Sleeping Beauty) in Liepzig and Der weite Weg (The Long Way Home) in Nurnberg with Theatre Pfutze opened to great reviews which are featured on my German publisher’s website, Theatrestueckverlag, Munchen.
Sleeping Beauty, which began its theatrical life at the Polka Theatre in 1990, continues to be widely performed in Russia and the Ukraine.
On 8 December I return to Belfast and Cahoots Theatre to continue work on The Gift, which will open in March 2015.
2014 update – this new page has extracts of reviews from recent productions.