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Read Drama at Manchester University. He followed a BA Hons Degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in Playwriting. He is currently working as freelance director and playwright as well as Course Leader for MA Directing, and MA Dramatic writing at Drama Centre at Central Saint Martins. He also has his own company Theatre Accord.
Previous posts include Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre (2003-10), Associate Artistic Director Birmingham Rep (1997-2002),Associate Director Birmingham Rep (1990-97), Artistic Director Contact Theatre (1984-90) and Assistant Director Orange Tree (1981-83). He has freelanced extensively working with companies that include The National, RSC, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic Leicester Haymarket, Nottingham Playhouse, Tara Arts. His awards include RSC Buzz Goody Award, MEN Best Production, TMA Best Director, TMA Best Show for Young People, and Mentorn Filma Most Entertaining Evening in the Theatre.
His recent plays include PARADISE OF THE ASSASSINS (2016 Theatre Accord National Tour) OUR BROTHER DAVID (Watford Palace 2012) NAKED NOT NUDE (Linbury Studio LAMDA 2014 & Platform Theatre, CSM 2018), THE EIGHTH CONTINENT (Tristan Bates 2013) Earlier plays include: THE POWER OF DARKNESS trans Tolstoy(The Orange Tree 1983), WAKE (The Orange Tree 1983)TIDE MARK (RSC Pit Thought Crimes Festival 1984) GREEN (Contact Theatre1985)MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (50th Anniversary Lorca Lyttleton Theatre NT 1986) And several adaptations for children including THE LITTLE PRINCE (Contact Theatre), the award winning RED BALLOON (Contact, BOV, Olivier Theatre NT) THE PIED PIPER, PINOCCHIO, WINNIE THE WITCH (Birmingham Rep), LITTLE WOLF’S BOOK OF BADNESS (Hampstead Theatre). Several of plays have been published and produced throughout Britain and internationally. THE RED BALLOON was produced as a Boxing Day Special on Radio 4.