I've been writing plays for many years, mostly because people have asked me to.
I was given a kick-start by the charity Scene and Heard (www.sceneandheard.org) which mentors children from the age of ten in the art of play-making. I have written several short plays which have been performed by child actors working opposite professional adult actors.
Sophia Linden and Chris Porter in The Box
Matthew Townshend and Nicola Goodchild in The End of the Line
In 2009, I started a fruitful and continuing association with the Frinton Summer Theatre. Six of my plays have been produced there: The Mystery of Marsh House, directed by Julian Harries, The Box, The End of the Line, Memento Mori, Within the Gates, all directed by Edward Max and Good Intentions, directed by Abigail Anderson.
Marsh House, The Box and Within the Gates are all thrillers (the last set in Frinton in 1937 to celebrate the theatre’s 75 Anniversary season), The End of the Line is a dark comedy and Good Intentions, a farce.
Memento Mori, a dark and funny drama about bereavement will be produced by Packing Shed Theatre in the studio at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in March 2018, directed by Sarah Chapleo.
In 2009, my play Circumstantial Evidence had a very successful rehearsed reading at the Arts Theatre in London, directed by Michael Gieleta, and starring Tony Gardner, Alan Cox and Nicola Goodchild.