I have been involved with Amateur Dramatics with the Lee Players for over forty years initially as an on-stage performer (actor is pushing it) and subsequently as producer and have had the pleasure of producing several of my plays. As a group we tend to favour comedies but will try most genres – but not Shakespeare as our audience know the correct words.
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I am Olivia Arieti, a US citizen, with a degree from the University of Pisa, and I live with my family and Pedro, my dog, in Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy. I love writing plays and have some work with Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Desert Road Publishing, JAC Publishing & Promotions, Green Room Press, Applause Theatre, Lazy Bee Scripts and now also with Smith Scripts! Some of my productions include FLIGHT ATP12 by Gulfport Community Players, FL, JUST FOR YOU, Blue Box Productions, NYC, CONTEMPTUOUSLY IN LOVE, Ciona Taylor Productions, NYC, one minute plays, Gi60 Screaming Media Productions NYC, UK, Spare Change Theatre, NYC and Eclectic Theatre Company, FL. UP NORTE and NIGHT INTRUDERS, were finalists in the R.J. Flores Short Play Reading Series and had staged readings in NYC while THE TEACHER, an adaptation of a short story of A. Chekhov was produced at the Viaduct Theatre, Chicago, for the Neapolitans Off-Chekhov Festival.
SOMETHING IN COMMON has been produced by Spokane Radio Theatre, WA and now I am so pleased to say that you can find it at Smith Scripts.
Michael D. Arrowsmith
Michael D. Arrowsmith is a young actor who has recently started exploring script and novel writing. As well as “It’s All in Your Head”, Michael is also currently working on another play, and a novel. Interested in modern themes, Michael’s work explores aspects of life that often come across as controversial, however he’s highly interested in provoking these sort of thoughts and questions in his audience’s minds to make for more immersive and reflective works. Michael is currently a student at the University of Loughborough, studying Systems Engineering, writing and acting in every free minute he has from course work. To date, Michael has performed in seven Shakespeare productions, having also produced and directed a modern adaptation of As You Like It.
Keith is a writer, Director and a performer based in Bedfordshire.
He was born in Barnet in 1966, apparently giving England two major landmark events to celebrate that year. Keith runs his own independent youth theatre company called Up-Stage in Bedfordshire. Keith wrote his first play in 2010, and has been writing consistently since then. His plays have gone on to be performed all over the world in One Act play festivals, School exam productions and just for the sheer joy of performance!
He regularly writes for his own theatre group, but is also regularly asked to write for School productions and Pantomimes. Keith is currently working on a Novel as well as several other plays and a podcast comedy series. He is married to Kirsty and has two daughters, Chloe and Milly.
Keith’s hobbies include ‘Being frustrated at Tottenham Hotspur F.C.’, reading, writing and ‘procrastination via the many and varied social media distractions now available’. Keith regularly treads the boards as well, and has performed in a wide variety of roles from Fagin to Mr Toad.
Keith regularly get commission work, and is happy to consider pretty much any project.
Erik J. Bailey
Erik J. Bailey is an American based playwright, actor, singer, director, and composer. He is currently studying theatre at Dean College, a small university in Franklin, MA USA. His plays are known for being witty, sometimes containing jokes that require some thought. Theatre is his passion and doesn’t know where he’d be if he never discovered it.
Jon W. Baker
I started out writing as a child and won a playwriting competition when I was 13. A mad piece with music and dance and set in a land in the clouds. When I came down to earth I studied drama. After studying as an actress, I decided to write a stand-up routine and perform on the London comedy circuit which I did for ten years, not with the same act. I’ve since written stage plays, radio plays and sit-coms, short stories and articles for both print and online publications. I’ve written the script for three musicals, one which had a successful national tour before a short West End run. I’ve had plays produced on the Fringe, and Off Off Broadway. My play Cock & Bull…the rise of Excalibur was performed at the Park Theatre as part of the No More Page 3 campaign. I also wrote regularly for Sarah Millican’s online magazine Standard Issue – http://standardissuemagazine.com I write flash fiction and I’ve had short stories published in several anthologies and I regulary do a talk on the subject of the Murder of William Terriss as well as performing in story telling events.
A son of a farmer and born near Tiverton, Devon in 1961 I’ve spent most of my life somewhere with a stage nearby. At school not only to participate in anything theatrical but mainly to avoid lessons. Then on leaving school either acting on stage, backstage, lighting, sound, prompter, set build, directing, making tea and all the rest which someone has to do to make a show work. This life long theatrical input has given me a great experience in all aspects of putting on a show and writing a script for one. This has been valuable when writing scripts by taking into account the whole workings of a production and not just the written dialogue given by a script.
I have written bespoke pantomimes since around 1990 and many of which I am now rewriting to suit all. I started Play writing about 2006, as until then I felt I had not lived enough to put my knowledge of situations, stories, people watching, body language, etc, into creating scripts. This is when audience members knows a person very similar to one of the characters, as it brings some realism to the play.
I am a humorous person and live each day as my last and enjoy what ever life brings. This humour is very much reflected in my work. I have to say here that it’s only since 2011 that I turned to being a professional writer having had a accident at work in 2010. This has led to many plays and pantomimes since being published and performed with great success.
Prior to 2010, on leaving school I worked at a Horticultural college and became highly qualified and a national sports groundsman. Afterwhich I had my own business of a horticultural nature combined with music retail. Odd mix I know, but it suited my life as a single parent bringing up a son and daughter, both of which tread the boards or work back stage as a hobby. I then aspired to a funeral director for a company and ran a branch. I thoroughly enjoyed this and many a somber occasion was broken with some laughter which made me very popular and well recommended when the bereaved need a friend at their saddest time. This time of my life gave me a great source of looking at life in families homes, their lives and stories. Not to mention all the fun and games which cropped up from time to time doing the job of a funeral director. One day I intend to put these experiences into a scripts, but as yet I don’t feel ready to do so. Then after the accident in 2010, I became unable to be the man everyone turned to for help at their worst hour and so I started my next adventure. And now here I am, bringing happiness, fun and entertainment to many people which gives me such a buzz. This only leaves me to say, If you take any of my scripts, I do hope you have the fun and enjoyment staging them as I have writing them for you.
ALADDIN by Colin Barrow£5.00
CINDERELLA by Colin Barrow£5.00
FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION by Colin Barrow£3.00
GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH by Colin Barrow£3.00
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – One Act by Colin Barrow£3.50
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Colin Barrow£5.00
LOST FOR WORDS by Colin Barrow£3.00
LOVE AND LIES by Colin Barrow£3.00
MOTHER GOOSE – One Act by Colin Barrow£3.50
MOTHER GOOSE by Colin Barrow£5.00
NOT MORE BANANAS by Colin Barrow£3.00
ROOM 207 by Colin Barrow£3.00
SECRET LOVE by Colin Barrow£3.00
THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL by Colin Barrow£5.00
THERE’S A MOUSE ON THE LOOSE by Colin Barrow£3.50
WINNER TAKES ALL by Colin Barrow£5.00
RED RIDING HOOD by Colin Barrow£5.00
DICK WHITTINGTON by Colin Barrow£5.00
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Colin Barrow£5.00
THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE by Colin Barrow£5.00
BABES IN THE WOOD by Colin Barrow£5.00
ALADDIN – One Act by Colin Barrow£3.50
MURDER BECOMES EASY by Colin Barrow£5.00
ROBINSON CRUSOE by Colin Barrow – One Act Version£3.50
SINBAD THE SAILOR by Colin Barrow£5.00
JAIL BIRDS by Colin Barrow£5.00
ROBINSON CRUSOE by Colin Barrow£5.00
PUSS IN BOOTS by Colin Barrow (1 hour version)£3.50
RED RIDING HOOD by Colin Barrow (1 hour version)£3.50
ALI BABA by Colin Barrow£5.00
Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. Two of his plays, after successful fringe runs, are published by Samuel French; a third won the Independent Radio Drama Productions award and was broadcast by LBC.
His latest play Britain After Brexit is based on an earlier work, The London Spring, which enjoyed a successful London fringe run.
Many of his short stories are published in collections from Oxford University Press and Biteback Publishing.
His 17 non fiction books include Clem Attlee, a new edition of which is now out from Haus Publishing; What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us (Biteback, 2010); 1956, The Year That Changed Britain (Biteback, 2016); and, most recently, the semi-autobiographical Fascist in the Family (Routledge, 2016.)
He edited the 20-book series Prime Ministers of the Twentieth Century for Haus Publishing.
He has written regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman, and frequently for many other publications, and edits Third Age Matters, the national magazine published by the University of the Third Age.
He has taught Acting at the East 15 Acting School and at the Colchester Institute, and has also taught Acting for Directors at the Northern Film School.
Patrick has been writing for many years – plays, pantomimes, short stories, poetry, shopping lists – any excuse really to put pen to paper. Many years in amateur dramatics gave him a passion for theatre, a little understanding of what amateur groups are looking for and a feel for the limitations that small venues impose (not always a bad thing).
Having written 5 pantomimes before he was 25 it is not surprising that comedy has continued to be his forte. His collaboration with Dennis Diamond started a few years ago. Their first attempt to take the world by storm resulted in a full-length comedy spoof, The Cat Flap, an affectionate tribute to the works of Agatha Christie. It was performed in North Devon to much acclaim and, so far, a complete absence of law suits. Lost But Not Least, a one-act play with a Shakespearian theme, and a TV pilot, Newton’s Apple, have followed and, in a change of direction, they are now working on a 4-part TV drama. There are far more ideas in the ‘to do’ tray than time will ever allow them to complete.
Following a career in management consultancy, Patrick now lives in North Devon where he has recently retired from the cattery and book-dealing businesses that he ran with his wife in order to spend more time with her, their foster child, 6 daughters, 18 grandchildren, 2 dogs, cat and tortoise – oh, and don’t forget the fish. He has recently taken up archery. You have been warned.
I live near Oxford in the heart of England. When I was young they used to call me a daydreamer, but then I started writing down the worlds that came to life in my head.
I started writing in earnest after reading an email on a mailing list. It was from the great writer Joe Michael Straczynski( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0833089/ ). He explained the difference between writing for a book and writing for the screen. It was like an epiphany; I love films and television, so it was something that came naturally. I started playwriting, and had some success in early competitions which launched me into the world of being a writer and I have been going ever since.
I don’t write in any particular genre or form; ideas come to me all the time, and I just like to go where the story takes me. Most of the time I tend to write historical or speculative fiction.
I get a great deal of pleasure from writing and seeing the way in which directors and actors bring the words to life. I am grateful to Smith Scripts for publishing my scripts on their website, and giving another avenue for my writing to be seen. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it.
Samantha is a member of The Warren Theatre group based in Barnet, North London and has been for over 25 years. During this time she has acted, produced, directed, choreographed and written many times for the group. She has co written several Pantomimes and Jukebox musical scripts. Samantha is a Theatre reviewer for Sardines magazine.
I have been writing ever since the age of 14 years old, and I would one day like to think that I have inspired many more young writers to take up the profession of storytelling and playwriting. Living in Birmingham, UK, for all of my life, a lot of my shows are set in a past event in English History, except for some which are also set in the past, but not in England. Now, five years later, I can finally comfortably say that my work as a writer has taken off and I have worked with some incredible local musicians, authors and playwrights to bring more stories to the table. One of these writers is Fred Gold, who has written music for me now for near enough a year in several of my smaller shows such as: Dead Bodies (Based on a story by R.L Stine, the writer of Goosebumps), Cliques and Miracles From Heaven (based on the book of the same title by Christy Beam).
Now, at 19 years old, I am running my own theatre group called Starlight Theatre which aim to give young authors’ works as well as new plays a chance to be performed for an audience for the very first time. Any money raised, a percentage will be donated to a charitable cause in the community and the rest will be put into a “piggy bank” ready to stage our next show. Also, as a performer, I have taken part in many new plays before, one being an original musical called Delayed written by Jojo Payne and her father Paul Edwards. This is an experience I have never forgotten and I want to share that experience of staging original or new pieces of the theatre with everyone.
Gabriel is a writer and social researcher with a lifelong interest in the relation between politics and literature. He has carried out pioneering research for the British Government and the European Union on the role of local community organisations. From 2005-8 he advised the UK government on integrating community involvement into public policy. Since 2009 he has worked on a variety of EU, UK and Northern Ireland social policy projects. His study of Shakespeare and Democracy (Troubador, 2015) led on to two Shakespeare-based plays, Shakespeare Rattle’n’Roll’ (2015) and ‘Shakespeare’s Dreams and Nightmares’ (2016). With his local company, The Rattle’n’Roll Players, he produced ‘The Rise and fall of King Donald the 1/5th’ in 2017. He was awarded an MBE for services to community development in 2009
Bob Charteris was a journalist for most of his working life, which began on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1964. At 21 he emigrated to Australia where he worked for, among others, the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster. He began acting at the age of 60, starting off in the musical Mame at the Limelight Theatre in Perth. In the following yuears, he branched into playwriting (a natural progression for a journalist) and directing.
His plays have been presented around Western Australia, from Perth to Esperance. His most popular play (and one of his earliest) has been At Home with the Herringbones which has been produced by seven different community theatres.
His latest play Fleeced! opens at the Melville Theatre Company in Perth in February 2020 as part of a one-act festival. It is a comedy about the perils of the internet.
When he’s not acting, writing or directing, he spends his time on his model railway layout and hoping that Peterborough United make the Premier League before he “passes on!”
Gary was born in West Ham, London but now lives in Hornchurch, Essex.
He is now retired but taught in primary schools for nearly forty years. In that time he wrote, produced and directed many plays, pantomimes and sketches for his pupils and once wrote a pantomime to be performed by the teachers.
He also wrote comedy for many television shows, including, Little & Large, Russ Abbott, The Grumbleweeds and Spitting Image.
When he retired he joined his local amateur dramatic society and, as well as acting, wrote and directed for them.
Eddie Coleman has been writing stage plays for over 15 years.
Several of his plays have been produced by amateur drama companies across the UK and his most recent play, Idiot Spaz, was one of the ten winners in the British Theatre Challenge 2015. The play is published by Lazybee scripts.
I am the founder of the ‘Macmillan Cancer Support Theatre Company’ (see my facebook page). I have staged all of my plays & musicals, at the Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, to raise funds for Macmillan. I have had my plays produced in London, Brighton, Cambridge, & Manchester, But, my greatest achievement was to win the “Steyning Playwriting Festival” which was judge by Sir Arnold Wesker.
LOVE by John Collings£3.50
A WAR-TIME ROMANCE by John Collings£3.50
PENNY BLACK – Music by Ed Weston Book by John Collings Lyrics John Collings, Ed Weston, Maureen Kilgour.£5.00
ROMEO & JULIET by John Collings and Peter Nuttall£5.00
REAL LOVE by John Collings and Darren Hughes£5.00
MRS MOLLY SWEET by Bernardine Artuso and John Collings£5.00
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN by John Collings£5.00
Kieron Connolly was born in 1961. Hs novels ‘Water Sign’, ‘There is a House’ and ‘Harold’ have dealt with subjects as diverse as romance, bereavement and addiction. Although everything about the author seems rooted in Dublin – his novels, accent, comparisons with Behan and Beckett etc., his place of birth is Thurles, County Tipperary. The writer is a nephew of musician ( and former member of The Dubliners ) Bob Lynch. ‘The Book of Condolences’ was written in 2014/15, and when Vincent Smith read the script and became attached to the project as director, things took off from there ( he’d worked with the likes of Tommy Cooper and Orson Welles in seasons past ). ‘The Book’, Connolly says, is about us: humanity. Simple as.
I owe my long interest in writing to my primary school teacher, for very helpfully taking sick one day and leaving us with a supply teacher, who taught us how to write verse, with attention to syllables and scansion. That was far more interesting to me than the arithmetic which we should have been doing that day. Rhythm is also what makes flowing prose pleasant to read, inspirational speeches stimulating to hear and song lyrics appealing to sing.
Since that time, I have written many poems, songs, travelogues, comedy sketches, stand-up routines, lectures, sitcom scripts and the odd stage play. Baker’s Dozen is certainly an odd stage play for me, because all of that rhythm nonsense goes out of the window in favour of more staccato dialogue. In the past, playwrights would painstakingly pen dialogue in iambic pentameter, but then who remembers people like Willard Shakespeare now?
Apart from writing, I work on a voluntary basis for the local Ambulance Service by day, and as a song and dance man by night, performing on various instruments in various bands, as well as a purveyor of comic songs under the name Jerry Hatrick. My most notable achievement has been running across the Heart of the Antarctic a few years ago (in a second hand bookshop in Rye).
Holly began writing scripts at 16, after winning a bursary. Previously she had training in musical theatre (specifically in drama and singing) but increasingly spent more time writing than performing. To date, she has written four shows for The Jill Errington School of Dance and Drama, several plays including a theatre in education piece for a university, a piece on mental illness commissioned by a charity, a short film, a few short plays and monologues to perform with children and adaptations such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She is also interested in comic writing and has performed her own work in open mic evenings
Alan Dawson is Artistic Director of Under the Headstocks. As a writer he has had commissions from Mansfield Palace Theatre, Mansfield Create Theatre, Off the Fence Theatre Company, NHS & ICAN Charity. His writing for small theatre, education and conferences has appeared throughout the Midlands and South Yorkshire – his piece ‘The King’s Dove Keeper’, featured at The Curve Theatre (2013)
Carole Dhu has been active in the theatrical arena for more years than she cares to admit to, as a performer, a producer, director, vocal coach, compere, choreographer, teacher and adjudicator, as well as a couple of stints providing character voices for radio commercials.
Originally planning to produce A Characteristic Quest as a show where people licensed their own music, the offer of being able to write lyrics to brother Geri’s catchy music was instantly taken up, and the collaboration proved to be both enjoyable and productive!
The idea for this story (inspired by Carole’s love of Monty Python humour) first popped into her head in 2002, but the writing stalled after Act One was committed to paper, due to time constraints. In desperation on New Years Eve 2003, she told everyone she was busy, locked the doors, drew the curtains, took the phone off the hook, turned off the mobile and by the time 2004 dawned the script was complete!
In 2006 the show was featured on local television in Western Australia and premiered successfully in a country hall. Nine years later Carole staged it a second time in a slightly more prestigious venue where once again it was received with much enjoyment!!!!!!!.
Writing is my life, without it I do not exist…well I probably would but I do not intend stopping anytime soon to take the chance.
I have served a very long apprenticeship. Having made the decision at the tender age of 18 to become a writer there have been many times in the intervening years that I have questioned my sanity at opting for such a solitary, and at times soul destroying occupation. Now over half a century later with a variety of other real world necessary employments I still question why I am writing. The answer is simple I love it. Every rejection, and all writers have them, and I bounce back stronger. I personally believe this is the difference between a would be writer and a real writer.
Self promotion is not a strong point with me but here goes…many moons ago I received an award from THAMES TELEVISION which came in the form of a bursary leading to a stint as Writer in Residence at The Salisbury Playhouse. I learned first hand every aspect of theatre which has stood me in good stead to this day.
I have explored almost every avenue open to a writer. Writing for television and stage and have three novels under my belt with a fourth in progress. Short stories have also been tackled and I would encourage all would be writers to approach this literary art form as it helps condition a writer to be more economical and precise. Articles for magazines are another outlet for the writing bug to be appeased and earn some financial reward.
The first work to be submitted to this site is THE CAT FLAP. Written in collaboration with my good friend and fellow wordsmith Patrick Blosse, the full length stage play was performed in November 2016 to sell out audiences in North Molton being performed there by The Nomad’s an amateur dramatics group with 30 years experience. A natural chemistry manifested itself during the writing of THE CAT FLAP and has led to other joint work being carried out in the form of a sitcom now under consideration by the BBC and yet another stage play, so watch this space.
Born in Southampton I have also lived at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I ran a B&B for 10 years and came to North Devon in 2006 now calling home a village on the outskirts of South Molton. For the past 8 years I have been a member of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society which helps with another great passion, namely history; which, like the stage is an excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone else!
Jonathan achieved success with his first play THREE NIL DOWN AT HALF TIME which he wrote in 2007 (25 productions worldwide to date). Since then he’s written 36 more plays, monologues and sketches that have been performed all over the UK (including on the London Fringe) and in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, the USA and several other countries!
Jonathan is delighted that 4 of his plays (his award winning full-length comedy/drama ROBIN HOOD, his one act suffragette/First World War themed GENDER FLUID and his competition winning shorts UNFORGETTABLE and SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN) have recently been published by SMITH SCRIPTS. More information regarding Jonathan and his plays can be found on his website: http://www.jeplays.com/
My background is in education but originally, I trained as an actress at the Birmingham Theatre School and set up a touring Theatre Company and also played in Summer seasons until life, and the need to make a living, intervened.
I began writing professionally in 2001.
I first wrote and directed short films as BusPassProductions. Together with friends, I had noticed a lack of films for older audiences, despite the fact that they make up more than a third of audiences for both theatre and film. You can find these films on Vimeo and Facebook
Then, 2 years ago, I decided to try writing for my first love – the stage. Again, aimed at an older cast and an older audience.
This is the first play I wrote. It ran for two nights, in conjunction with another, shorter comedy. Both nights sold out.
Matthew, an actor, singer and writer from Berkshire, fell in love with theatre the first time he stepped on stage at the age of 5. Since then, he has gone on to perform in almost 100 productions; ranging from straight plays, to comedies, Shakespeare, period pieces, musicals, and of course pantomimes. He has also been involved in tv and film work, as well as bands and tribute shows; most recently touring the UK as Frankie Valli in Bye Bye Baby Live – a tribute to the Four Seasons.
Matthew’s first writing ventures were a number of skits and sketches which he wrote and performed at school. He has Subsequently gone on to write a number of pantomimes, as well as the scripts for two touring tribute shows; Bye Bye Baby Live, and Feeling Good – celebrating the music of Michael Bublé.
Judith was born in Brighton and is married with two sons. She started singing at the age of 9 and has performed in many amateur productions from Oliver to Carmen. For the last thirteen years she has been a member of Peacehaven Players and enjoys acting, directing and writing.
The Wow Factor! was the first comedy juke box musical Judith wrote for the Players and was performed in June 2013. It was written to allow the large membership to each have a speaking role with the opportunity to sing popular solos, duets and group songs within a ‘talent contest’ style storyline. It was hugely popular amongst the cast and audience.
By popular demand Judith wrote another juke box musical for the Players the following year; Fly Me! which was performed in June 2014. Another comedy with well known songs, but this time set in the holiday destination of sunny Torremolinos, it follows the adventures of a group of fun loving holidaymakers.
Judith’s third juke box comedy musical called Crystal’s Department Store, premiered in May 2016 for three performances at Peacehaven Brighton. The story follows a young woman who inherits a department store from a mystery man, however she soon realises she will need all her resolve to win over the suspicious staff and turn the fortunes of the Store around.
Judith is currently in rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast whilst also writing her fourth script called The Wedding Party.
THE PERFECT WEDDING – A Jukebox Musical by Judith Foot£5.00
THE PERFECT WEDDING – A Play by Judith Foot£5.00
THE WOW FACTOR by Judith Foot£5.00
FLY ME! – THE JUKEBOX MUSICAL by Judith Foot£5.00
CRYSTAL’S DEPARTMENT STORE – a Jukebox Musical by Judith Foot£5.00
FLY ME! by Judith Foot£5.00
CRYSTAL’S DEPARTMENT STORE by Judith Foot£5.00
Katherine Luna Gate
Katiuscia Cancedda is an Italian emerging playwright and screenplay writer, and writes under the pseudonym of Katherine Luna Gate. She has been living in England for the last 20 years where she has been bringing up her two daughters Francesca and Eleonora, thanks to whom she mastered the skill of storytelling. She started writing poetry and short stories at the age of 12. She has been journaling all her life, and defines herself “a word collector”.
After many years of teaching, in 2006 she was inspired to return to her old love, the stage, studying and gaining a high grade in a Performing Arts A Level course. She started a blog when, in 2012, writing plays defined her writing style and she was ready to share her work with the world (http://katherinelgate.blogspot.co.uk/ ) not without setbacks!
That didn’t stop Luna – as she prefers to be addressed – and she carried on writing to date, both in her first language (Italian) and in English. She has written a two-act play, two monologues, a screenplay, and several short plays. She is currently working on a new monologue and a new screenplay. Her genres vary but the theme remains the same: the Feminine in all its forms.
She is grateful to Smith Scripts for the opportunity to share her work again.
Anna Girolami writes stories, plays and screenplays. She lives and works in Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District, in the heart of England
All her work can be found on her website:
Valerie Goodwin , author of ‘The Magdalen Whitewash’ has been a Drama teacher, playwright and director for over 35 years.
Now the founder of the Bridport Shakespeare Company , Valerie took her play ‘Love, Marilyn’ to Edinburgh fringe and has been onstage
at the Globe for her MA in Staging Shakespeare.
Valerie started writing plays as she needed a good vehicle for her young cast for Frankenstein, and had to write one that suited a large
cast but was a close adaptation of the book It has a single set:the attic of the chateau , 100 years after 1817. Complete with
skeletons, dust, cobwebs and brains in jars ( we had great fun making those brains)
Valerie loves all aspects of am dram and youth groups and has written ‘The Giggleswick players do full frontal’ as a semi autobio’ of her
years in village halls!
WHEN YOU’RE READY – VOLUME ONE by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
WHEN YOU’RE READY – VOLUME TWO by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
DRACULA – THE CURSE OF THE UNDEAD by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
JEKYLL & HYDE – THE HIDDEN SELF by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
THE GIGGLESWICK PLAYERS DO FULL FRONTAL by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
GREASE UK by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
FRANKENSTEIN adaptation by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
SPACE ROX by Valerie Goodwin£5.00
RUTH BECKER ON THE TITANIC by Valerie Goodwin£2.50
THE MAGDALEN WHITEWASH By Valerie Goodwin£5.00
Based near London, Nick Green is a professional screenwriter, script consultant, and playwright for hire. He has written over 50 screenplays and stageplays, and numerous short film scripts and corporate video scripts. He is also an artist, poet and author of The Shen.
I have been involved with “amateur dramatics” (can nobody think of a better description?) for over thirty years while getting on with a career in finance. My favourite playwrights are Stoppard, Orton, Frayn and Pinter; it’s about the humour – and sometimes deeper things – to be found in the incongruity where expectations, or rules and regulations, meet real life. I write short pieces – 10 to 40 minutes, with relatively simple sets – to see how much entertainment one can pack on the stage within the length of a US TV soap or cartoon episode. One day, though, I’ll try for three acts.
David has had four plays staged at the Edinburgh festival fringe: The Bench (2007), From Me to 3792 (2009), The D-List (2016) and Sign of the Times (2017).
He was runner-up in the Kenneth Branagh new writing award in 2016 for Eyes to the Wind and in 2017 for Home Time. His short play Red or Blue? was runner-up in the 2017 British Theatre Challenge.
Red or Blue? was also staged at Southwark Playhouse in 2017. Other short plays include Queens of Daytime (Churchill Theatre, Bromley 2017), Brave (The Bunker Theatre, 2017) and The Temp (Hen and Chickens Theatre 2017).
David was part of the 2012 BBC Writersroom drama development programme. He also wrote The Name on the Bench for the Tribute drama podcast series in 2016.
Born in 1961 Nick has had a very broad career, primarily as a Navigator for
ten years in the British Merchant Navy, before moving into Journalism in
1989. He started his own news agency and Public Relations business in
Sheffield which ran for three years, prior to being taken over by one of his
major clients. In the mid 90’s he took and passed his Diploma in
International Marketing where his new career path flourished. He became a
script writer/director for a small independent TV and Video Company and has
over 80 Corporate Videos under his belt for some of the UK’s blue chip
companies. During this period, for leisure, he starred in two amateur
dramatic musical productions for a Sheffield amateur dramatics group, ‘A
Slice of Saturday Night’ and ‘Chess’. This is where he fell in love with the
theatre but had to put it aside as he took on a number of senior management
roles running various sales teams within the building trade.
In 2009, Nick appeared in two Pantomime productions for his local amateur
thespians group, Thurgoland Thespians, before taking on the role as
Director/Producer. He now has eight theatre productions to his name (with
more to follow), including six Pantomimes as well as three internationally
renowned farces by some of the UK’s leading playwrights . In 2015 he was
‘floored’ with Septicaemia and spent 33 days in Barnsley General hospital.
It was during his time in hospital that he was able to write his first play,
The Deacon Posers. He claims this was the first time that he stepped away
from a very busy career and it was this ‘timeout’ that gave him the
opportunity to write his first musical/play.
Taking his illness as a warning, Nick has subsequently taken another change
in his career and is now working for a local charity, having studied for his
Diploma in Leadership and Management. Still an avid learner and despite
approaching retirement age, he is working towards gaining ‘Chartered
Manager’ status but is also working on two new comedies that he’s hoping to
have finished and ready to perform by the local amateur group in 2020.
I joined my local Operatic and Dramatic Society at the age of twenty. In over sixty years in the Society, I directed thirteen plays and acted in one hundred and forty Pantomimes, Musicals and plays, playing small character parts.
I started writing shows and ended up with fifty-three Pantomimes and Plays. I am now on the world list of Professional Playwrights with Pantomimes going on in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Shetland Islands and Australia.
I have now had Plays going on in England, Wales, France, Spain, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Texas, Oklahoma, California, and Alaska.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST by Richard Hills£5.00
EBENEZER SCROOGE by Richard Hills£5.00
MULAN by Richard Hills£5.00
OVER THE RAINBOW by Richard Hills£5.00
SWEENEY TODD by Richard Hills£5.00
THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD by Richard Hills£5.00
EAST LYNNE adapted for the stage by Richard Hills£5.00
GOOD WIVES by Louisa May Alcott adapted by Richard Hills£5.00
THE WIZARD THAT WAS by Richard Hills£5.00
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Richard Hills£5.00
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – by Richard Hills£5.00
PRINCESS PETRUSKA by Richard Hills£5.00
IVANHOE by Richard Hills£5.00
CINDERELLA by Richard Hills£5.00
KENILWORTH by Sir Walter Scott, adapted by Richard Hills£5.00
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by Richard Hills£5.00
THE MAGIC KINGDOM by Richard Hills£5.00
D Brent Holland
My name is Brent Holland and I teach High School Theatre at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. I have been writing shows for my honors class for the past four years and I have found it to be a very rewarding experience.
When not at work directing shows, I am often at my karate dojo I co-own with my older brother (www.cfikarate.com) where I am a 6th degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate. I play guitar and bass, have a beautiful wife Aubrey and a seven year old son, Rhett.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about one of my shows as I would be more than happy to help in any way!
I trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and was a professional actor in the mid 90’s, touring in regional theatre productions. I was Head of Drama/Performing Arts at schools in the South-East from the late 90’s until 2017 when I left teaching and moved to Devon with my wife and our dog, Tails. In May 2017 I was an extra in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ and in 2018 filmed an episode of ‘The Reformation’ for EWTN. I wrote the script and songs for ‘New Town’ and recorded and mixed the music over much of 2018, (remixing the in 2019) and is my first
Emma is a member of The Warren Theatre group based in Barnet, North London and has been for over 30 years. During this time she has acted, produced, directed, choreographed and written many times for the group. She has co written several Pantomimes and Jukebox musical scripts. Emma attended Silvia Young Theatre school and has a diploma in acting from LAMDA.
Andrew is a longstanding member, and former Chairman, of Potters Bar Theatre Company (PBTC). He has appeared in numerous plays and musicals as well as helping out backstage, front of house, set building and just about every other job that you can think of when putting on a show. Writing has always been a passion of his and he has written short sketches, cabaret and murder evenings and even the odd song here and there.
He has now decided to turn his hand to writing full length plays and is really enjoying the experience. Although he is not quite ready to give up treading the boards just yet, he is looking forward to spending more time on his writing over the coming months and years. Andrew is always keen to hear from any company that puts on one of his productions and is happy to travel to see and support these companies …. within reason of course!
I was born in Chelmsford and moved to Nottingham where I trained as an English and Drama teacher. Spent the next 25 years in the Notts / Derby area; acted with a few companies, wrote scripts for school use and climbed, surprisingly, the professional greasy pole and became Head teacher of a city centre school in Derby.
Just under 20 years ago I moved to Cyprus to become Head of a school on a British base. I’ve retired now and live near Larnaca with my wife Mo, three cats and a demanding garden.
Born in Dorset in 1960, I have been writing ever since I found out how.
My first love was music. Check me out here: www.davejeanes.net
Lately, I have turned my attention to Pantomimes and currently have ten, published by LazyBee Scripts.
There are several other comedies too and three novels; available on Amazon, etc. Or direct from Lulu.com
I have come to writing late in life, following a career as a painter, a humanist celebrant and as an adviser for Citizens Advice. I am currently studying for an MA in Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University, doing some acting and working hard. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up!
Rory Kelly is a graduate from Edinburgh University, now living in Japan teaching English. He’s lived all over the world, performing poetry, stand-up and theatre wherever he could find a microphone. His works have been staged in Australia, France, New Zealand, the UK and Japan, and sometimes Rory even got to watch. His hobbies include filmmaking and speculating on the Oscars
Tom was born in the ‘Holy City’ of Jarrow and now lives happily further up the Tyne at Blaydon.
He has had a varied career from his first job in a shipyard Time-Office; to a song writing contract and writing the BBCTV musical documentary Kelly, with Alan Price. After a late degree, he worked for twenty-five years, as a drama lecturer and now writes full-time and runs creative writing projects.
He has had a great deal of his work produced by the Customs House, South Shields, a venue he regards as home, with six full-length stage plays, including, I Left My Heart in Roker Park, which has been produced four times, latterly by Paul Dunn’s Cranked Anvil company which won Paul a number of performance awards. Tom’s musicals include: The Dolly Mixtures, Geordie, Tom & Catherine, Dan Dare, The Machine Gunners (all but Geordie written with John Miles). In 2016 he was a runner-up in the Journal Culture Awards, in the Writer of the Year category, for Geordie-The Musical, which was produced at the Customs House in 2015 and is now reprised here at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House.
2016 saw his play Baby Love, successfully tour and his eighth poetry collection, Spelk, be published and subsequently re-printed by Red Squirrel Press. Late in 2016 co-curated the exhibition Lost Dialects, on north east dialect, at the Word, South Shields. Early in 2017 he wrote and performed in a multi-media project, Down to the River, (music, Steve Thompson, photographs, Kev Howard), staged at the Word. He also writes and performs in a multi-media show Men of the Tyne which has toured the region since 2011. His short stories have been performed as monologues, appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in many UK magazines and in April 2017, Postbox Press, published his first short story pamphlet, The Last Clockwork Whippet on the Tyne. In June he had a performed reading, again at the Word, of a new musical, Jobling, written, with Steve Thompson. He has poetry forthcoming and recently published in MQB, ‘Who Were the Marchers? – The Jarrow Crusade and in the anthology Land of Three Rivers- The Poetry of North-East England (Bloodaxe Books.) He is delighted Smith Scripts are publishing Autumn Doze and Three Devoted Sisters.
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RIDE A WHITE SWAN by Tom Kelly£3.50
I LOVE KENT WALTON by Tom Kelly£3.50
THREE DEVOTED SISTERS by Tom Kelly£3.50
AUTUMN DOZE by Tom Kelly£3.00
THE MACHINES by Tom Kelly£3.00
NO MORE GROUNDHOG DAY by Tom Kelly£3.00
ALADDIN by Tom Kelly£5.00
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Tom Kelly£3.00
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JACK AND THE GIANT BEANSTALK by Clare George and Joe Laredo£5.00
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Brian Lawless was associated with AmDram in London the 1960’s taking a familiar path starting with Gilbert and Sullivan and ending by playing Judd Fry in Oklahoma before marriage, family and work took it’s toll.
Brian always vowed to get back to acting when it was possible and the opportunity came in 2010, after a 42 year break, when living in Exeter (where he still resides). In the seven years or so since then he has appeared in 28 different productions including some rather grand ones in Exeter Cathedral. His favourite role to date is that of Magwitch in Great Expectations.
‘A Belated Date’ is his first attempt at writing a short(ish) play and it is based on a true story with many amusing moments. Luckily he was not one of the actual participants in the real story.
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MOTHER GOOSE by Gavyn Lugsden£5.00
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DICK WHITTINGTON by Gavyn Lugsden£5.00
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CASINO CHAOS by Gavyn Lugsden£2.50
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Gurmeet Mattu is a Scots writer of Indian descent. His first full length stage play, in 1984, was CITIZEN SINGH, followed by EVERY BLOODY SUNDAY, SIEGE MENTALITY, COWBOYS & INDIANS, MSSIAH, WINDAE HINGIN’ and THE GHOSTS OF GLASGOW. He has also written the shorter pieces, THE STORMER and THE GIFTIE GI’EN US for 7:84 Theatre Company. For BBC Radio he has written SICK AS A PARROT, THE FLIRT, THESE MAGIC WORDS and SHOULDERS as well as sitcom pilots, COCONUTS and DOC for BBC TV.
He is also a winner of the Scottish Screen/DNA films First Draft Award.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Yorkhill Theatre Group in Glasgow.
Andy Moseley is a playwright and founder member of NoLogoProductions. His plays include Are You Lonesome Tonight? A Bridge Game Too Far (winner of the Roy Purdue New Writing Trophy, Orange Tree Theatre 2011) After We Danced, Boxes, Casual Encounters, Going For Gold and Heart Shaped Box. His first book, Around the States in 90 Days was published in 2009. His website is www.andymoseley.com. NoLogoProductions website is www.nologoproductions.com
Russell Muir has been performing on stage since the age of ten. In recent years he has performed in Theatre, TV and Film productions. He has taken on the roles of Camille in Remember Me (Network Theatre), Colonel Von Strohm in ‘Allo ‘Allo, Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz and Pantomime Dame in Babes. His TV credits include Engineer in Calgon Commercial, Jamie the Postman in Topsy & Tim. Russell spends most of his working life chaperoning children in Theatre, Film and TV. From Hair to Eternity is Russell’s first ever musical that he has written.
I am a published poet and award winning playwright whose work has been performed both in New York and London. The daughter of an Irish immigrant father and English mother, I won my first prize for writing aged 7. I went on to study journalism and, as a recent mature student, gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Creative Writing. Pandora’s Boxes was first broadcast on Resonance FM and was adapted for stage at the Camden Fringe Festival. From there, it transferred, by invitation, to enjoy a three week run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, London. Critics compared my writing to Beckett and Gogol – praise indeed!
I’ve travelled extensively and enjoyed the hospitality of strangers from Key West to Kashmir. This play was inspired by my solo journey through India. My most recent odyssey to Latin America is recounted in my travel book; Footloose & Fearless @ Fifty +.
It is now my pleasure to see Pandora’s Boxes available for all at Smith’s Scripts.
I am originally from Brighton where I spent nearly half my life as a teacher of the deaf. Since retirement I have lived in Hampshire with my husband and our Jack Russell, Buddy. I have always loved anything to do with theatre, professional or amateur, and have nursed an ambition to appear on stage since playing the part of an owl in the Brownies. I joined Lee Players in 2011 and have enjoyed taking part in many productions as an actor, producer and backstage hand. For fun I wrote Horror at Hadder Hall, an interactive Murder Mystery in 2015 which was performed over three nights. Hairs to the Memory was written as an entry to a competition and will be staged in July 2018, again over three nights with a different solution for each performance. It is packed with humour and a certain amount of intrigue which I hope will be enjoyed by our faithful audiences.
I have been an active member of Lakenheath Amateur Dramatic Society, A Suffolk UK Drama Group, for forty plus years. During which time they have presented to local audiences numerous plays, sketches and pantomimes that I have written.
A number of my comedy plays have been performed by groups in Scotland, Ireland, USA, South Africa, Australia and, of course, England.
I am obviously both very pleased and somewhat surprised that my very English humour is so well received worldwide.
Anthony J Piccione
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THE PERSONALITY PLAY by Anthony J. Piccione£3.50
WHAT I LEFT BEHIND by Anthony J. Piccione£3.50
Emma Price is a Swansea University Law graduate and the founder and owner of JACAL Theatre Company. Performance has always played a huge part in Emma’s life, but more recently she has decided to explore writing, as well as acting. Bra-spangled Banner is her first written and published piece.
Nicolas Ridley has lived and worked in Tokyo, Casablanca, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Paris and now lives in London & Bath where he writes fiction, non-fiction, scripts and stage plays under different names. His stage plays have been performed by professional and non-professional companies in theatres and at drama festivals in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Australia.
Having spent nearly thirty years treading the boards with countless non-professional theatre companies in South West London and Surrey, Geoff has more recently turned his hand to writing.
His first one, a thriller called Cold Blooded Killer (published through Lazybeescripts, along with another psychological thriller, Singled Out) won the New Writing Award at the Leatherhead Drama Festival. Since then, he has gone on to pen several more nominated for awards, most of which are thrillers or dark dramas.
Breathe A Word And You’re Dead – a thriller about single mum Hollie, who pops into her local convenience store where, within moments, she finds herself a witness to an armed robbery. Unknown to the robber, she records his voice on her mobile phone, but is unable to wait for the police to give her witness statement. Then she has a visit from the robber at her home, wanting to silence her.
Dead Pretty – Three models are booked for a photoshoot at a disused castle, but pretty soon, it becomes clear there is no photoshoot, and two of the models have an ulterior and deadly motive…..
Deadly Appointment – A counsellor’s last client of the day is late for her first appointment. When she does arrive, she is on crutches, and events take a sinister turn when her request for him to help her commit a crime is refused.
Did You Kill Her? – The only suspect in a murder case, Jan Solomon’s trial was thrown out for lack of evidence two years ago, amid uproar in the press. Now Jan has invited a lone writer, Kim, to her remote cottage to write a book, revealing the truth behind what happened, and the name of the person she was covering up for. But Kim becomes suspicious when there are inconsistencies in Jan’s story, and is then subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
Dying Swan – centres around Alex, an alcoholic mother who has her child taken away from her, and into foster care. She turns her life around and discovers the whereabouts of her daughter, and befriends the adopted mother, an ex ballet dancer, in an attempt to get her child back.
Scapegoat – a thriller about Donna, who gets the chance to work abroad on a lucrative two-year deal, her two predecessors both deciding to resign before their contracts ended, and not return to the UK. Once overseas, Donna discovers she is a carrier in a human trafficking scam and some terrifying information comes to light about the two girls before her.
She’s Dead – Four girls on holiday abroad return to their villa to celebrate Maddy’s unexpected hundred thousand euro win at the Latino Bingo Club that evening. The next morning, they discover Maddy is dead and her winnings have disappeared. There is divided opinion and suspicions among the girls as to what they should do, and concerns about each others’ motives lead to a dramatic ending.
When You Die – when an intruder hears an answerphone message, she realises her plan to steal some jewellery from a young widow seems insignificant, compared to a far more lucrative gain.
No Way Out – With an alleged shoplifting charge, and her father’s fatal heart attack hanging over her, Jackie receives devastating news from the hospital. She goes onto the roof of the building where she works, to throw herself off…..
Harmless Gay Kleptomaniac – his first one act comedy is about a “misunderstanding” at a jewellers. Andy, a camp kleptomaniac, bursts into a stranger’s (Sally) flat, asking her to pretend he is her boyfriend. Sally has a better idea when she produces a wig and dress for him to wear.
Currently working as “un homme au foyer” supporting his hardworking wife and looking after their two children in France, Geoff is enjoying working part time at his children’s school running theatre classes for the kids there, and taking a career break from his job as a driving examiner.
BREATHE A WORD AND YOU’RE DEAD by Geoff Rose-Michael£3.50
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Kathy Rucker is a past member of the San Francisco Bay Area theatre company, Playground. Her first play, Beautiful Scar, was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival Ten-Minute Play Contest. Her next play, Chop Shop, earned her an invitation to the Sewanee Writers Conference where she developed the work with playwrights Romulus Linney and Dan O’Brien. Ms. Rucker’s play, Turing Tested, was selected for participation in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, as was Sultan’s Battery, which was also selected for the Great Plains Theatre Conference and was a finalist in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest. The play was also nominated for the London Fringe Festival Theatre Writing Award and had its world premier in 2010 in Los Angeles, produced by the Fresh Baked Theatre Company. In 2013 her play, Done There, Been That, was produced at the Bierkeller Theatre in Bristol, England, directed by Natasha Harper-Smith. Crystal Springs was produced in 2014 at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, directed by 2013 Bruntwood Prize Winner, Anna Jordan. Also in 2014, Crystal Springs was produced at the Park Theatre in London, UK, directed by Jemma Gross. In 2016 Crystal Springs will be produced at the (ITCH) Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. Ms. Rucker’s most recent play, Kadupul, had a reading with the Core Artists Ensemble in New York City in the summer of 2016, directed by Rachel Casparian.
Ms. Rucker is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Originally from Brentwood in Essex, where an avid interest in theatre and drama took hold, Laurence studied Drama at Loughborough University. Since graduating he has worked in stage management, most notably with the Medieval Players with whom he toured Australia. He has worked as a freelance director; for five years was Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company; and he has been manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow. He was Head of Arts for Harlow Council before becoming a lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts. Laurence now runs his own lecture course – A Brief History of Theatre – as well as continuing to write and direct. Past productions as both writer and director include his own adaptation of the Medieval Mystery Plays performed in Durham Cathedral, and his dramatisation of Terry Jones’ Erik the Viking, produced by Peter Duncan for Gale Productions. More recently he has dramatised and directed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for The Castle Players, a community theatre group based in Barnard Castle, County Durham.
Buckinghamshire based Allison Savory has been writing and performing on stage for more than three decades. Her repertoire consists of one act plays and pantomimes. Her Snow White pantomime received a RAF Theatrical Association (RAFTA) writing award. There is a psychological leaning within her work, due to the psychological and criminological degrees she has.
Whilst not writing and performing fiction, she is a University Senior Lecturer, who also writes on an academic and factual/research level, with a book and chapter of a book already published. Whilst not working, writing and being theatrical, she enjoys being with her family, children, friends, cat and guinea pigs.
Jane Sunderland has come to playwriting from academic writing, and holds an MSc in Playwriting from Edinburgh University. She is particularly interested in writing plays based on real people, especially women. In addition to ‘Dorothy and William’ (Dorothy being Dorothy Wordsworth), she has written a one act play about the last years of Charlotte Bronte’s life, ‘Charlotte and Arthur’, which focuses on Charlotte’s struggles over her eventual decision to marry Arthur Nicholls, her father’s curate. Jane’s short play, ‘North to Muira’ about the journey of a fictional, recently bereaved woman to scatter her husband’s ashes, was produced in April 2017 in Glasgow by Short Attention Span Theatre.
Julia Swain is a consultant psychiatrist living in South Wales (the one in the UK, not Australia). Acting has always been a passion of hers and she started writing plays when she was in her teens. From her mid-twenties to mid-thirties she ran a youth drama group and wrote specifically for them. Marriage and family then intervened but the end of the marriage caused her to reconnect with her ‘am dram’ roots and she joined a community theatre group, Theatre AdHoc. The group encouraged her to start writing again and two of her short plays have now been produced by the AdHoc group and by the Cardiff-based theatre company, Dramatic Moose Productions.
Julia lives with her teenage step daughter (who performs regularly in musical theatre productions) and two slightly unhinged cats. She likes to write both serious and comedy plays and her favourite pastime is to spend hours in a coffee shop with her laptop, observing human behaviour
I grew up near Southampton and have lived in London since 1987. I worked for six years on puzzle magazines, checking the puzzles and writing introductions which vastly improved my general knowledge and gave me a love of clever solutions. I have been teaching English in a Further Education college since the mid-90s and have always enjoyed writing. Over the years I’ve written several novels that still occupy the third drawer down. I did a bit of stand-up comedy for a year (but couldn’t manage the late nights!) and have been performing in am dram productions since 2016. My aim is to write well-plotted comedies that make the audience think a bit and laugh a lot, and give the cast interesting characters to play with everyone getting decent lines. I’d like to thank Smiths Scripts for giving me a chance.
Sandy has a First Class Honours Degree and an M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies (Royal Holloway). She has extensive and life-long experience in all things dramatic, ranging from acting and directing to teaching and examining for LAMDA. She now finds herself (as a woman of a certain age) writing plays! Her second play ‘The Rise and Fall of Gordon Grimshaw’ will be available soon.
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John started writing in 2001 after taking part in a Murder Mystery game and deciding to have a go at writing one himself.
Having had a lifelong love of 60’s and 70’s British comedy, it was not long before John decided to try playwriting as well and this led to joining Writers’ Lab at the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham and Primary Creations at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester; both of which helped in developing the craft of script writing. The Scriptworks playreading group at the Contact Theatre, Manchester also became a valuable source for honing work.
John’s plays have been performed as far afield as Lisbon, Luxembourg, Lincoln and Glasgow ranging from small fringe venues at festivals to established theatres such as The Dancehouse in Manchester. In addition to full-length plays, John has written several short stories and sketches over the last ten years as well as six novels.
Ian writes comedy drama. Be it short screenplays, long screenplays, plays, musicals, sketches, even the occasional novel. He has had varying degrees of success from a West End run to BBC radio broadcasts and various bits used by others in everything from stand-up to monologues for auditions. He’s even written radio and TV commercials. He has a website www.ian-watson.com and he’s 47… and used to be a northerner but dropped all that when he couldn’t afford the membership fees.
David Weir is a Scottish playwright who now lives in London. His performed and award-winning plays include:
Confessional (Oran Mor, Glasgow, 2017, starring Jonathan Watson [Only an Excuse, Upstart Crow and Local Hero], and winner of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s prize for best depiction of Scottish Life and Character, 2018);
Better Together (Jack Studio Theatre, London, 2016, winner of the Write Now Festival award for best play, 2016, and longlisted for the prestigious Bruntwood prize, 2015);
Lions of England (finalist at the Festival of European Anglophone Theatre Societies, Antwerp, Belgium, 2018, and published by Stagecripts Ltd);
No Occasion To (Hayman’s Theatre Company, Perth Australia, 2015, Kenneth Branagh Award finalist, 2011, and Joy Goun Award winner, 2011);
The Normandy Conquests (winner of the Constance Cox Award, 2015);
Music on a Distant Shore (Origins Theatre, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth tour, 2014);
Murdering the Truth (co-writer, Greenwich Theatre, London, 2009);
and Legacy (longlisted for Bruntwood Prize, 2011, and shortlisted for King’s Cross Prize, 2013).
I am an actor of some forty years standing (only just standing!) and playwright, now in the twilight of my life. I work for Murder 57 doing interactive murder mysteries around the country as well as being very active in amateur theatre around Buckinghamshire.
Heaton Wilson is a prolific playwright. His work has been performed in London, Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth.
Back in 1999 I joined a local amateur dramatic society ‘The Cliffside Players’ and starred in the Alan Ayckbourn farce, ‘Relatively Speaking’ The play opened with me alone on stage, wearing just my underpants. That was the last play the group ever produced. I’d like to think that my performance in no way contributed to their downfall, but the truth is, I don’t know. Since then I have concentrated more on writing, and in the past few years I have had short plays performed around the world. The Nativity Panto is the second pantomime I’ve written: the first, ‘Much Ado About Panto’ a Shakespearean comedy is published by Lazy Bee Scripts.
The standards of pantomime have been done over and over, so in an attempt to inject some new life into the genre I like to look for more interesting topics that can be given the panto treatment. And what better topic than the oldest Christmas story there is – The Nativity.
James is a fiction writer living in London, represented by Emily Sweet Associates. His first novel “Three Steps Behind” is a psychological thriller set between 1979 and 1981 in Yorkhsire. It interweaves fact and fiction, layering a fictional story over the febrile atmosphere at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper. The novel is currently out on submission.
James is working on his second novel which follows a young girl who is auditioning for Decca records in October 1961, three months before the Beatles were famously turned down by the same label.
James has had many short stories published and listed in competitions.
He lives with his family in north London.
James Tweets from @WoolfJames