I have written a variety of work for the stage, much of it staged successfully in the Kent area, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
All work is available to license for production. Contact me for further information or sample text.
From Today Everything Changes
COMING OUT IN LATER LIFE
This 45-50 minute play portrays a widowed man, Chris, in his mid-sixties, who begins to explore his sexuality for the first time – something he was unable to do in his younger days. He meets Alan, a younger man, and their relationship begins to form as Chris comes to terms with the implications for him, his family, and his future.
First performed at The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, Kent, in 2016 this has since been performed to acclaim at both the Sevenoaks Festival, the Southern Counties Drama Festival, the Faversham Fringe Festival and over two years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe recieving 4* reviews and audience acclaim.
MUM IS IN THE MARGARINE TUB
‘Trans Pennine’ is a funny, fast-paced, and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays.
Following her death, the family begrudgingly go to scatter Mum’s ashes in the Yorkshire Dales – a commemoration of a wife and mother none of them liked. Their bitter and fateful journey takes them to the caravan site of past family holidays, where secrets are revealed, truths are unearthed, and their relationships, identities, and prejudices are tested to the full.
Dad is angry, Ben is Amy, and Mum is in the margarine tub.
Trans Pennine premiered in the summer of 2018 and was performed at the Camden Fringe, the Faversham Fringe, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and 2019, where it was very warmly received.
WE DON'T TALK - WE LEAVE SO MUCH UNSAID
Frank’s son Alex is facing a mental health crisis, and Frank hasn’t a clue what to do about it, or how to get Alex to talk about it. He’s got problems of his own, and what’s happening to Alex is opening up wounds he thought long forgotten. Weaving real-life stories into a fictional narrative, ‘Being Frank’ uses humour, music, movement and a good deal of honesty to explore men’s relationships with each other, with mental health, and with flat-pack furniture.
Being Frank premiered at the Old Fire Station, Tonbridge, in the summer of 2019 before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received excellent reviews from press and public alike.
Hymn To Canada
ONE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED
A new piece written for The Orange Works to take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2020 – this is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions. The play explores why we put off doing the things we dream of, self-forgiveness for past mistakes, and the nature of a family. Expect it staged once Covid restrictions are lifted!
Conversations With My Younger Self
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF?
This play asks a simple question: if you could meet yourself as a teenager – before work, relationships, and adulthood have shaped and changed you – what would you say? What advice would you give? What if you only had ten minutes – what would be the important things you’d want to change? As I wrote this it became clear the answer would be different for everyone watching, so I made the choice to make this somewhat auto-biographical and focus on my own struggles between faith and sexuality, but always asking – what if this was you? What would you try to change?
“Conversations” premiered at The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, in January 2017.
IT'S ABOUT A BOAT. BUT NOT THAT BOAT. NO, A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOAT. HONEST.
Titternick tell’s the story of a young aspiring writer who decides to write the stage version of James Cameron’s “Titanic”. His play is taken up by a local amateur group who quickly become concerned with breaking all kinds of copyright law, and so the show gradually morphs into “Titternick” – a ship sailing from Hull to Mexico, filled with Mexicans, the Upper Classes, and a few Coal-Mining Northerners.
“Titternick” was performed by Borograds, Borough Green, Kent, in the summer of 2015 to great acclaim and laughter. It contains original songs for which backing tracks are available.
THINGS I OUGHT TO MENTION
What’s Best for Dad
A short (10 minute) observational play about the effects of grief on a family. Len’s wife has died, and he and his son return home after the wake to memories, good wishes, and family tensions. His daughter and her partner visit and the family reminisce, fight, and the now-adult children try to work out what to do to support Len in his grief and loss.
“What’s Best For Dad” premiered at The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, in November 2016.
Jock and the Beanstalk
A Scottish twist of the classic pantomime, with all original songs (all available on backing tracks). Jock and his brother Billy go up the Beanstalk to be faced with the worlds shortest giant, and an alien vampire goose intent on world domination (and eating anybody over the age of 60). It was described by one ecstatic audience member as “Panto on Acid!” – which made me very proud indeed.