Documentary Plays

Documentary Plays involve an extensive research period gathering (usually recording in audio format) the stories, descriptions and experiences of a specfic group of people- defined by locality, work, or shared history. The writer incorporates these stories & witness testimonies into the overall story of the play, aiming to produce theatre that is vivid, authentic and relevant to the immediate community and beyond. In effect the community provides the play’s content, and the writer’s task is to select and shape it into a compelling dramatic whole. The scripts might be described as ‘faction’ in that they contain a strong element of verbatim testimony, but they also might include fictionalised characters- often composites of different people’s stories. The aim throughout is to present not the writer’s version of the story, but to portray it through the prism of those who experienced it.

  

‘Every Time it Rains’ 

The story of the Hull floods 2007

Written by Rupert Creed

Directed by Gareth Tudor Price

Designed by Graham Kirk

Hull Truck Theatre 2009

Puts theatre at the heart of the community and the community at the heart of the theatre” (Guardian)

“Overflowing with information, emotion and spirit. A brilliantly acted, well researched and incredibly emotive portrayal of the day that shook Hull” (Dig Yorkshire)  

  “A powerful piece of theatre. Creed’s play should go some way to redressing Hull’s place as the forgotten city.” (Yorkshire Post)

      “Not a dry eye was left in the theatre. A drama which unflinchingly captures the reality of a moment in time and  celebrates a community rallying together” (Hull Daily Mail)

 ‘Working Lives’

As Artistic Director of Remould Theatre Company (1981-97) I wrote, or co-wrote, and directed a series of documentary ‘oral history’ plays based on the working lives of a particular industry or group of professionals.

‘The Northern Trawl’

The story of deep sea fishermen.

Written by Rupert Creed & Jim Hawkins

Directed by Rupert Creed

Music by John Conolly & Bill Meek

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume Design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre Company national tours ’85,’86,’92,’93.  International tour to Norway,Iceland, the Faroes ’93 including the National Theatre,Reykjavik.

Nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Award. Also produced by Hull Truck Theatre Company Feb 2000.

“Powerful stuff. It does what theatre should, it makes you laugh, cry and think.” (The Guardian) 

“A well-made, sturdy and sensitive docu-drama, sympathetic and excellently performed. You emerge both entertained and informed.” (The Independent)

This was real theatre, an extraordinary, beautiful and touching adventure” (Nordlys-Norway)

 

‘Close to the Bone’

The story of nursing

Written by Rupert Creed & Mary Cooper

Directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Helen Porter

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume Design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre. National tour ’87 including Croyden Warehouse Theatre

“Deft and enthralling” (The Times)

“Possibly the best portrayal of nursing and nurses ever” (Nursing Standard)

 

 ‘Steeltown’

Scunthorpe’s iron and steel workers

Written & directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Roger Watson

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume Design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre. National tours ’88,’90 including Germany

“A compelling piece of work” (Quarterly Theatre Review)

“Brilliant, enthralling.. this scintillating production held the audience spellbound” (Scunthorpe Telegraph)

 

 

‘The Care Takers’  

Social workers

Written & directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Hilary Gordon

Design by Richard Aylwin

Costume Design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre. National tour ’89-’90

“Well written, well acted, funny, moving and highly entertaining.” (Yorkshire Post)

“Effective commonsense writing- perfectly judged” (The Guardian)

  

 

‘Street Beat’

The Police

Written by Rupert Creed & Peter Spafford

Directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Jenifer Calthrop

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume Design by Chris Lee

 Remould Theatre. National tour ’90-’91

“Uses an effective mixture of storytelling and drama to offer a fascinating insight into police life” (The Guardian) 

“Brilliantly funny as well as thought provoking…powerful moments of both humour and pathos” (Hull Daily Mail)

  

  ‘Making Faces’ 

The acting profession

Written & directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Hilary Gordon

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume Design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre. National tour ’91-’92

“A moving, bittersweet account of life on the road… the company bring relish and conviction to their roles.” (The Guardian)

Had more giggles per nano-second than watching Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and three sets of French and Saunders put together” (Huddersfield Examiner)

 

  ‘The Greatest Story ever Sold’

Print Journalists

Written by Rupert Creed & Tim Haunton

Directed by Rupert Creed

Music by Jenifer Calthrop

Design by Dave Whatt

Costume design by Chris Lee

Remould Theatre. National tour ’93-’94

“Provides a thoughtful balanced survey of the issues raised by the mess our press is in today” (The Guardian) 

“A humorous but hard-hitting portrayal of life in a freelance news agency…riveting entertainment” (Yorkshire Post)

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