Darren Rapier trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 1995 with a degree in writing. He has written for film, television, radio and theatre. Plays include The Thieftaker, about the first real gangster in early Eighteenth Century London; People in Glass Houses, a futuristic absurd comedy; Smoke, a play with music, about the railway ‘improvements’ and clearances of 1863; Boom, a community play set in 1936, about the housing boom in the South East; Extensions of Love, about one woman’s obsession with another and Worlds Apart, set in India and the UK. Adaptations for children have included The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, 1001 Arabian Nights and Clara and the Nutcracker. Short plays include The Gallery, and the ten minute musical Dying for a Kipp at Greenwich Theatre. In 2007 he wrote and co-directed Payback for Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples’ Theatre and Departures for the National Youth Theatre. He has written and directed two short films It Is and The Race, is a writer on Doctors for the BBC and has two feature films in development. Darren has been short listed for the Carl Forman Award at BAFTA, is a selected short film writer for TAPS and was a finalists in the BBC Talent Television Drama initiative in 2002. His radio play Vital Statistics was part of BBC Radio Drama/Hampstead Theatre’s ‘Stages of Sound’ 2006. Other directing work has included many large scale projects, including Our Town Story at the Dome for the millennium and a short devised show for Her Majesty the Queen. Acting work has included Casualty, Little Howard’s Big Question and the feature films When Did You Last See Your Father and The Be All and End All. Darren is also Artistic Director of Spanner in the Works, who run drama based workshops in schools, hospitals and museums and a freelance drama trainer and facilitator.