Here you can find information about my PLAYS, including the award-winning KINDERTRANSPORT which has been produced all over the world, including the West End and off-Broadway, since its London premier in 1993. There are extracts from my work for children and young adults produced over the years by the Unicorn Theatre, Theatre Centre and Quicksilver. These include one of my newest projects PERSEPHONE (a love story), a new full length music theatre piece, with composer Maurice Chernick, which was given a highly successful series of staged readings at The Rosemary Branch, Islington, in early 2013, directed by rising star Thom Southerland and with a top notch cast including David Bedella, Hal Fowler, Jessica Martin, Kara Lily Hayworth, Ken Christiansen, Kate Graham, Tash Holway and Christina Modestou.
KINDERTRANSPORT - National Tour of a brand new production directed by Andrew Hall, at the THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON, NOVEMBER 18TH - 23RD, 2013.
For more info, watch the trailer and book: http://www.kindertransport.co.uk/index.php
PAGE TO STAGE, AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO KINDERTRANSPORT - published by Nick Hern Books in early 2014 - insights into the play as a text and piece of living theatre with unseen extracts from early drafts and sources, alongside interviews with directors, actors, designer and composer involved in key productions since its premier in 1993.
See this site: Theatre - Kindertransport - Author Notes - for extract.
THE A-Z of MRS P - Brand new musical, with book by Diane Samuels and music/lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, bringing to life the remarkable story behind the creation of the iconic A-Z London street guide by entrepreneur Phyllis Pearsall alongside her beloved and impossible father, Sandor Gross. World premiere at at the SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON in FEBRUARY, 2014: http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/the-large/the-a-z-of-mrs-p/
You can also find out about my teaching of CREATIVE WRITING for all ages and levels of ability, including my role as writer in residence at Grafton Primary school in Islington, north London. Recent projects include a collaboration with the WHITTINGTON HOSPITAL, working with a group of children to write and design "A CHILD'S ADVENTURE IN A & E", a guide for young patients attending the emergency unit, including inside info on doctor's equipment, methods and how to deal with panic and waiting.
This is on sale on the Whittington website: http://www.whittington.nhs.uk/default.asp?c=9930
I am available to give TALKS and WORKSHOPS on KINDERTRANSPORT.
I also run CREATIVE WRITING workshops for all ages.
I run WRITERS GROUPS and WORKSHOPS on personal development and creative practice, as well as shaping pieces of work, and give one to one sessions tailored to individual needs.
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR A PODCAST INTERVIEW ABOUT WRITING AND CREATIVE PRACTICE:
In my time I have worked with a high-level medical specialists as part of an artistic team making a cutting edge piece of theatre "PUSH" about PAIN funded by a Science on Stage and Screen award from the Welcome Trust. I have also researched MAGIC as Pearson Creative Research Fellow at the British Library.
Understanding the process of writing fascinates me as much as applying the rigour and craft necessary to refine a polished piece of work.
It’s a pleasure to be able to share the wild workings of my imagination and endless spirit of investigation that spurs on my work as a writer and teacher.
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