Writer - Actor - Director

 Film - Television - Theatre - Radio

 

With over 20 year’s experience in the profession, I also facilitate workshops as a freelancer and for many organisations and educational institutions in drama, film and writing.   I offer a script editing and consultancy service and am the Artistic Director of Spanner in the Works, as well as the Company Director of Tualen Pictures.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS:

 

Writing/Directing - We have just finished filming on my new short film SEALED WITH A KISS, starring Gillian Kearney, David Michaels, Abigail Hardingham and Brian Bovell.   The film is now in post production.   You can follow progress on the Tualen Pictures Blog

 

Writing - The short film  9 Months directed by Gareth Fient will be released soon.

 

Writing - My feature film THE ROAD TO WEOBLEY is in its fourth draft and I we are now looking for co-producers to work with our main producer. We are currently putting together a casting package for this film.   There is a blog here, detailing all the latest information on the film Email for script or treatment.

 

Acting - I am playing 'The Network Foreman/Guard' in Sci-Fi London's first produced short film ELLIPSE, which premiered at the BFI in May last year.

 

Writing - My latest episode of DOCTORS 'Gimme a Break' was on BBC 1 on Thursday 12th January and I am currently contracted on the show.   Email for script or DVD

 

Producing/ Directing - The RIVERSCROSS soap opera project I run with Tony Coult has now completed its sixth year.   Episodes of the series we have developed with young people at the Maudsley Hospital can be found here.   More details at http://www.spannerintheworks.org.uk/Riverscross.html

 

Directing - My short film BLIND MAN'S BLUFF had its first screening at Shortwave Cinema and is now going out to festivals.   A short trailer can be found here.   It was shown at last year's Isle of Wight Film Festival and was a favourite with reviewers.

 

Writing - I am currently working on a book about the RIVERSCROSS project with Tony Coult. 
  

Writing - Five of my stage plays are now available in print or as ebooks, for cast sizes ranging from 2 actors to 60 actors. View them here.

 

Teaching/Facilitating - POINTLESS TAXI PRODUCTIONS is a film project for young people in Bexley London Borough, which I am currently running with Colin Fancy.   We have made four main films with the young people: INVISIBLE, OBSESSED, BORN TO RUN and PIZZA MARATHON.   For more details email here   We also ran a 3D workshop this summer, in conjuction with Boldface Productions.

 

Acting - Bruce Webb's feature film THE BE ALL AND END ALL, in which I play Doctor Palmer, has just come out on DVD.   The film is directed by Bruce Webb and stars Liza Tarbuck www.whateverpictures.com

 

 

OTHER RECENT PROJECTS: 

 

Evaluating - Last year I worked as an evaluator on the Half Moon Young People's Theatre EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE project.   This is a project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Trust to get new artists working in the children and young people's theatre sector.

Teaching/Facilitating - Last summer I ran a project with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre, in conjunction with the Tower of London. It was a writing and acting project that saw young people create and perform their own work about the Indian War of Independence. I am currently working freelance for Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre, The Half Moon, London Bubble and Make Believe Arts.

  

Writing - My children's play THE LITTLE MERMAID was on at The Tramshed in Woolwich recently, produced by Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and was the first show for children they have had at the venue since taking it over.

 

Acting - Big Nonsense -  is a collaborative company I am part of with Stuart Murdoch and Amee Smith.   Our last production was THIS IS MINE, an improvised/ devised show at Camden People's Theatre.   For information about this go to www.spannerintheworks.org.uk/bignonsense.   We are currently seeking crowd funding for a film project called TAPES and worked together on the Sci-Fi 48 hour film challenge above.

 

Teaching/Facilitating - In January 2010 I returned from Mumbai, where I was running workshops on writing for film at the Whistling Woods Film Academy, the National Institute of Design, the Indian Institute of Technology and the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts with Sci-Fi London's Louis Savy. 

 

Writing - My episodes of the BBC Radio soap SILVER STREET were broadcast on the 11th - 17th January 2010 and 1st - 7th March 2010.   These were the very last episodes recorded of the series.   They are available as podcast MP3s or Wav files.

  

Teaching/Writing - After the success of the TOSCA New Writing Project, I ran a second new writing project with The ROYAL ALBERT HALL.   This was based on CARMEN, http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/mar/02/traveller-women-carmen which came in to the Royal Albert Hall in March 2009 (see 'general' CV and link below, for details).   This time I was working with a group of Irish Travelers and Ian McMillan also came in to run a poetry workshop.   We had newly created music from the Purcell School as well this time round.   http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/education/2009/01/an-encouraging-new-take-on-carmen/index.html

 

Acting - In the CBBC production LITTLE HOWARD'S BIG QUESTION currently doing the rounds I am playing a scientist poking Big Howard, as he sits in a bath of custard!   www.littlehoward.co.uk

 

Teaching/Facilitating - My last large scale schools project was working with the Half Moon Theatre on a performance project called CONVERSATIONS, a devised piece between a primary and a secondary school in Whitechapel, performed at the Half Moon and at the schools.

  

Writing - The second draft of my screenplay HIGH SEAS AND LITTLE 'B'S for Nimble Pictures is now finished - see link below.

 


Links 
 

My micro short RAD Films IT IS and THE RACE are now on you tube.

 

Click here to see our entry to the Sci-Fi London 48 hour film challenge 2008 - THE THIN FILM

 
RADS and info on SHADOWS, the screenplay I have in development with Whatever pictures are at www.whateverpictures.com

Nimble Pictures, who I have my script HIGH SEAS AND LITTLE ‘B’S in development, are at www.nimblepictures.co.uk

 

Articles I have written and podcasts of interviews for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain can be found at www.writersguild.org.uk


Spanner in the Works, my workshop company, are at www.spannerintheworks.org.uk

 

Quotes on previous work:

"remarkable...Challenging and reassuring at the same time" - Times Educational Supplement (Spanner in the Works)

"A surprisingly sophisticated piece" - The Stage (Smoke)

"Ingenious, yet ironic and very entertaining" - Time Out (Smoke) 

"Brilliant" - Morning Star (Smoke)

“Fascinating” - What’s On in London (Extensions of Love)

“Poetic writing” – Time Out (Worlds Apart)


Directing - In March 2011 I took part in Sci-Fi London's 48 hour film challenge.   The 'challenge' is that you are given a title, prop and line of dialogue that you have to use for your film on Saturday morning, then have to make and deliver a finished five minute Science Fiction film by Monday lunchtime.   Here is the result:   Red Hot Line