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Stageplays

My first brush with writing and creating live theatre was tied directly to the formation of my band PS in 1979. Having made an album entitled 'PS: Surrealism', my co-writer guitarist Patrick Coghlan and I were, in the spirit of the original artists and poets linked to the movement, keen to push the boundaries of what a rock gig could be. As a result, a hybrid low-fi performance-art-rock-theatre-show emerged, involving props (chairs, paint, crockery, cutlery, power tools etc) and mini abstract narratives, which we toured in colleges and pubs and so on. We had no idea what we were doing of course, and no references to draw on as no-one else we knew was doing anything similar, but that made it all the more exciting and vivid. During the three years of the bands existence, we built up a small but loyal following (some fans as far afield as Poland) and I grew to realise that 'live' performance, and that direct connection with an audience is something quite unique. In recent years I've developed a taste for more traditional narrative theatre, and though I enjoy all forms - musicals, monodramas, the classics etc - the playwrights whose work really resonates for me at present, whose plays I find myself returning to again and again, are Jez Butterworth, David Mamet and Bruce Norris. There's something about the rhythm of their language that chimes with me. Perhaps that's why my good friend the late great stage director Patrick Garland dubbed my play 'The Gift of the Gab'... 'Mamet with Marmite'. I guess in time audiences will decided whether it's worthy of such a sobriquet, but meantime you won't hear me complaining!

Below you'll find a list of selected works. Some have been produced. Some are yet to be discovered...

STAGEPLAYS:

2017 - THE ALBATROSS 3RD & MAIN (pub Samuel French)
A black comedy set in New England, USA. Off-West End premiere Park90, Park Theatre Jan 10th - Feb 4th 2017 (Designer/Director SDE)

2016 - THE ALBATROSS 3RD & MAIN - try-out run. Feb, Emporium, Brighton (Dir SDE)

2015 - POOR FARM CROW
A monodrama inspired by real events that took place in Vermont, USA in 1927

2015 - 'USH
One Act Play [companion piece to evolving Brighton Trilogy]

2014 - THE GIFT OF THE GAB
Psychosocial satire set in a cafe in Brighton in 1979. Rehearsed Reading Cockpit Theatre, London Dir: Matt Lipsey

2013 - THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL - BOOK MUSICAL
Adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's short story.
The Point Theatre, Eastleigh
Dir: Daniel Hill
Composer: Francesca Rogerson

2012 - THE NAME ABOVE THE DOOR
Semi-autobiographical drama set in a signwriting workshop in Brighton in 1973

2010 - WHEN THE SAINTZ GO MARCHING IN
Bittersweet drama set in the world of aviation
The Point Theatre, Eastleigh
Dir: Daniel Hill

1997 - FAMILY MATTERS
Nationwide Tour - revue/contributing material
Dir: Clifford Williams
Featuring: Keith Michell, Helena Michell, Jeanette Sterk

1979 - PS SURREALISM
As Writer/Director/Performer
Monologues/Poetry/Performance Art
Brighton Art College, The Crypt, Paddington, Moonlight Club etc