“… writing stories about a black and white perspective is boring. It’s the grey that’s interesting.”

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Since I started directing in 2007, I’ve had the great opportunity to work closely with a number of very talented writers.

Whether it was workshopping a draft of a new play for an invited audience, or presenting a new piece of work as a rehearsed reading, or directing a script-in-hand performance for a writer’s showcase, I have been able to assist in the development of some outstanding new writing for theatre, film and TV.

Below is a selection of writers I’ve collaborated with on their new work…

Skybridge

by Andrew Bruce-Lockhart

at Scratch at the Jack, Jack Studio Theatre, London

Staged performance of the first 10-minutes of a new play

The future. 58,000 feet up. Five workers start their shift on the time zone-spanning Skybridge.

Cast: Romy Chaggar, Zoe Cunningham, Sarah Flower, Monika Herberova, Malcolm Jeffries, and Sophie O’Shea.

One September Night

by Beverly Andrews

at Lost Theatre One-Act Festival, London

Staged reading of a new one-act play

Set on the evening of September 11th, a young couple take a tube journey which changes their lives forever.

Cast: Adeel Akhtar, Beverly Andrews, Rachel Hepworth, Natalie Neagle, Jay Quinn, Danielle Urbas, and Shelley Williams.

Yo

by Beverly Andrews

at New Work Upstairs at The Nell, London

Script-in-hand rehearsed reading of the first episode of a new TV sitcom

It’s Melanie’s first day in her new job at new black fashion magazine YO. But with a receptionist who raps, an agony aunt who gives cooking tips, a self-styled Romeo handyman and the editor’s mother turning up with her famous jerk chicken, will she make it to day two?

Cast: Olesegun Akingbola, Eme Essien, Kevin Golding, Linda Mathis, Chinwe Nwokolo, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Alec Parkinson, Rian Perle, Gabriella Schmidt, and Benjamin Wilkin.

Tap Dancing

by Nick Harrop

at Theatre503, London

Writers Ensemble script-in-hand rehearsed reading of six scenes from a new play

Layla, Hannah and Sean. Love, rivalry and honesty.

Cast: Lucy Cudden, Liam Lane, and Laura Murray.

The Station Chief

by Richard Appleby

at Theatre503, London

Writers Ensemble script-in-hand rehearsed reading of scenes from a new play

Set in 2003, a story of spies, the war in Iraq and the people who shaped its future.

Cast: Jack Bowman, Susannah Fiore, and Andrew Macbean.

A Sense of Belonging

by Alexandra Denye

at Phoenix Writers Group, London

Workshop and rehearsed reading of a new short film

As John prepares to become a father, he realises he has to overcome his fears by reconciling himself to his past as a foundling.