There are three aspects to my work: drama for school students, more general creative projects with primary and secondary students, and drama for adult audiences.
Many of my plays are site-specific: written especially for the place where they are performed.
I believe in presenting theatre as informally as possible. So my work is often promenade in style, with the audience following the action around the building as it is staged.
I have written for specific audiences, such as different age groups of children or teenagers; or elderly adults. I can also produce work which meets the curriculum needs of a specific Key Stage.
Bringing history to life is one of my specialisms, in my writing both for school and adult audiences.
For example, I was commissioned to write two plays for the opening of the newly-restored Billiard Room at Bantock House Museum. Civic Pride, set in the 1890s, is a play for adults which features a gathering of the captains of industry from Victorian Wolverhampton. The Man from the Works, for school visits, features the bitter tinplate workers strike of 1850.
Civic Pride is a promenade performance, so the audiences moved around the museum, visiting the beautiful drawing room, lobby and broad stairs of the museum – the former home of Baldwin Bantock, who appeared as a character in both the plays.
I have research experience and qualifications in history, including a Ph.D. from Birmingham University in the history of the Black Country. I am able to use this to take on briefs for writing plays which use historical buildings, including schools, writing about people who lived there and the events they experienced.
I am a qualified teacher, with experience of working with primary and secondary pupils, and with F.E. students, including adults.
Click here for a listing of my plays which have been performed.
As well as drama, I also write prose.
My journalism has included articles published in the Times Educational Supplement and the Express and Star and its associated journals, Wolverhampton Magazine and Staffordshire Magazine
Naturally Ambitious is a comic novel, as yet unpublished, about a group of birdwatching friends and the subterfuges they adopt to prevent the sale of their favourite nature reserve. It is written so both birders and the uninitiated can enjoy its farcical nature.
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