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THE FOX’S TALE

I wrote this short play for voices in response to an incident that was in the news in the UK not long ago. With performance opportunities currently in short supply and likely to remain so until the end of the pandemic is at least in sight, if not over, I am leaving it here. If anyone wants to use it, perhaps at an open mic event when such things start happening again, just let me know.

POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the performance of A Hunger Artist which was to have taken place at The Carriageworks Theatre on 21 March had to be cancelled due to the closing of all theatres because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, a new date for the performance will be announced as soon as theatres are able to re-open.

A HUNGER ARTIST

I was commissioned last year by a performance art company called CVIVArts to write two monologues for a dramatisation of this short story by Franz Kafka. The production is currently on tour and getting very positive audience feedback. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself for the first time at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, on 21 March.

“Very powerful, visceral piece.”

“Beautiful performance, was captivated throughout.”

SMITHSCRIPTS

Scripts and performance rights for three of my plays are now available from Smithscripts.

Click on the image for details.

UNSPOKEN

Photograph by Simon Vail

How do you tell someone you love them if you can’t find the words?

My play about stammering, written in collaboration with speech and language therapist, Dr Trudy Stewart, with help and advice from people who stammer.

A new production of Unspoken was performed at The Old Schoolhouse, Oxford, 22-26 October 2019, directed by Alexandra Coke for BMH Productions.

REVENGE OF THE SEA GOD

Prague Youth Theatre’s production of Revenge of the Sea God, my play for young actors based on Homer’s Odyssey, was performed in Prague in June 2019.

Photo courtesy of Allegra d’Amore

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Stage, September 19 2019

 

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