I am a professional playwright, theatre director, drama & creative writing facilitator, and story broadcaster. The work strands all converge around a simple premise- the personal & social value that comes with shaping & sharing our stories. Stories define who we are as individuals and how we interact with others. They express the collective identity of our communities, and the social history of our time.
As a playwright and theatre director my work has focused on gathering and portraying the stories of particular groups and communities, both through ‘oral history’ documentary dramas, and large cast community plays. The process is about engagement – using my skills as a writer and director to give voice and shape to the stories of others- be that an individual, a group, or a whole community. I have also written plays with and for young people & children, directed productions in prisons, and worked with a wide range of groups in the community.
As a broadcaster I have worked as a BBC Producer on the digital storytelling projects ‘Telling Lives’ and ‘The Peoples War’- enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to tell their own stories in the way they want to tell them. They were broadcast as audio stories, short films, and prose stories – on tv, radio and the web. I have also written and presented features and series for BBC Radio 4.
Helping people articulate and give creative form to their stories- through drama, prose writing, radio & film- is a powerful tool for learning. I have worked extensively in primary, secondary & higher education, as a practitioner, trainer, consultant, and arts project manager- both freelance and with organisations such as Creative Partnerships and Cape UK. I have also worked with the Writers Guild and Script Yorkshire, initiating & running writer development courses, workshops and seminars.
Sharing stories is what we do. It is integral to the human condition- across all classes, cultures, communities, art forms- and across time. Stories entertain, engage, inform and move us. They help us understand how we are different, and what we all share.