Produced Plays [NB for a list of plays, and links to downloadable scripts, go to PLAYS]
The Kam Tree Fourth in the 'Korean' series commissioned by Moby Duck Theatre Company. Based on a combination of traditional Korean stories. Featuring a Korean musician performer as a magpie with a story to tell. For 3+ and families. [National tour of small-scale venue Spring 2008]
Princess and Ginger Play for under fives commissioned by Birmingham REP. Written through work with 22 children aged 2-4 and their parents. A play for two actors and a musician, reflecting the remarkable imaginations of those very young children. The full story of the way the play was made is told on the website www.familyplaymakers.co.uk . [Opened in the Door followed by tour of early years settings]
Two Bum Bun commissioned by Moby Duck Theatre Company for national tour in 2007. Based on another traditional Korean Tale, [called Sugungga in Korean] this tells the story of a turtle and a wily rabbit, and in this version explores a relationship across cultures. Using found objects as makeshift puppets, in a Korean style. For 3+ and families. [Small-scale venue tour Spring 2007]
Talking Balls commissioned by Women and Theatre for a tour in 2006-7. An exploration of issues around testicular cancer. [Tour of Football Clubs Spring 2007. In repertoire]
Tiger Trail commissioned by Moby Duck Theatre Company for national tour in 2006. Created by working with Year1 children in Seoul and Wolverhampton, this play is made up from combining story ideas in two continents. Performed by a Korean percussionist, a storyteller and an Indian classical dancer. [Small-scale venue tour Spring 2006]
The Bridge ['Dari'] [with Ko Sun Deok] Written for Hanyong Theatre Company for tour of Korea and UK. The play is bilingual, and tells the story of a young National Serviceman, and his friendship with three korean children during the Korean War. [tour of theatres, and schools Korea and UK 2005] - details at www.hanyong.co.uk.
Nativity commissioned by Birmingham REP for outdoor performance in City Centre Gardens, Birmingham. A re-working of the Nativity Story with professional narrator, live animals and Year Six children. Performed by children from Nelson School and TV presenter Nick Owen. [City Centre Gardens December 2004]
The Shooky Play for 5-7 year olds, commissioned by Birmingham Rep/Creative Partnerships from extensive research with Key Stage One children. [Birmingham Rep Main Stage July 2004]
Iagi Boddari ['The Story Bundle'] Play for actor, puppeteer and musician, based on a number of Korean traditional tales commissioned for a national tour of small and medium-scale venues in 2004-5 [Moby Duck Theatre Company]
Drybones. Large-scale outdoor play, commissioned by Leighswood School in Aldridge, exploring the mining history of the town. Written in collaboration with Year Six pupils. [For performance in June 2004]
Hae Wa Dal - The Sun and Moon Puppet/storytelling version of Korean traditional tale, worked as a half-day tie programme for 6-10 year olds. Directed by Ali Belbin and Choi Young Ai, and performed by PWW. [For performance in schools from Summer 2003]
Saving Hope Full day participatory TIE programme for Language Alive, exploring the plague village of Eyam. Years 5 and 6 [Autumn 2002-Spring 2003]
Deong Jeon Deon Jigi [translated by Lee In Soo] Korean version of Heads or Tails - see below [Summer 2002]
The Last Resort Play commissioned by ArtSites, and written through improvisation with young people at Colmer's Farm School, Birmingham. [Performed Summer 2001]
Forgotten Element Summer School piece, written from devising process with Highfields School, Wolverhampton, 2000
From… Musical about refugees, commissioned by Worcester Sixth Form College to mark the new millennium. Music by music students at the college. Set in a fictional Central Europe, the play follows the experience of a group of refugees fleeing into a neighbouring country, where they are not universally welcome. [December 1999. Worcester Sixth Form College]
Tower - A Celebration. A play with music for 8-9 year olds commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome to mark the theatre's Centenary. Tells the story of the last hundred years through the eyes of Tower, the theatre cat. A special production was due be on the main stage twice a day and free to all local schools for one week only 12th-16th October 1999 - but was postponed to 2002, and eventually abandoned.
Somewhere, or Nora's Ark - Lower secondary age Theatre-in-Education programme looking at effects on young people of 'negative labelling'. [Gazebo TIE Company, Walsall. On tour from October- December 1998
Strange Farm - Written with a year 4 Class [8 year-olds] at Rookery School, Handsworth, and performed by them at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as part of the 'Transmissions' Festival, in November 1998.
The Better Mousetrap - [Work in Progress] Full-length play about consumerism and advertising, funded by Arts Council Theatre Writing Bursary, to be completed autumn 1998.
Singing Round the Fire - Celebratory play with songs for Byng Kenrick Central School Centenary 1997 [Music by Roger Sandland]
The Cut - Upper secondary TIE programme about teenage pregnancy [Gazebo TIE 1996]
Risky Business - Exploring the politics of Tobacco [Women & Theatre - Tour of schools/youth clubs 1996]
Mick in Egypt - One-man play for Mick Wall, featuring an explorer’s visit to Egypt. [Nationwide tour 1995]
Tales from the Fireside - Puppet play for Clive Chandler, [Tour of Primary Schools in Birmingham 1995]
The Last Shot - Circus and physical theatre play, co-written with Mick Wall. [MAC Open-Air Arena, 1994]
The Broken Peace - Full-day TIE programme on Yugoslavia. [Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre 1994]
Violent Times - Full-length play for studio venues, about cycles of abuse. [Theatre Absolute, Coventry 1994]
El Mono - Music Theatre project for performance by 10-11 year-olds, devised with Caliche. [MAC 1993, Winner of Sacred Earth Drama Award 1997, to be published 1998]
Heads or Tails - Combined TIE/community play, about a progressive junior school in wartime Ladywood. [Big Brum Theatre-in-Education tour of schools and community venues 1992] [Small scale venues 1993] [New Production 1998]
Roy - Full length play built around the story of the last man hanged in B’ham [Big Brum TIE tour of arts centres and community venues 1989-90] [Reworked for Half Moon YPT 1995, and Merseyside YPT 1995]
Birmingham - The Musical - Full-length musical, written with Clive Chandler [B’ham Schools Co. 1989]
Homeland - Full length YPT/Community play about South Africa. [Big Brum TIE tour of N Ireland 1988]
Drowning - Play aimed at 16-18 yr olds. Exploring bereavement and alcohol abuse. [Big Brum TIE 1986]
Lockout - Musical based on Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’. [Triangle Youth Theatre. Reworked for London Bubble Theatre Co. 1985, and Half Moon YPT 1990]
Junkets - [Co-written with Jan Page] a monologue about the last days of John Keats. [Big Brum 1982]
Darkness Visible - [Co-written with Jan Page] a monologue about a sociopath. [M’ter Umbrella 1981]
2002 Teachers Pack for Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Birmingham Hippodrome.
2000 Teachers Pack for Peter Pan - Pantomime at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
2000 Introduction to Theatre Primary School Resource Pack for Birmingham Hippodrome
1999 The Two Widows Teachers Resource Pack for City of Birmingham Touring Opera
1995-6 Teachers Resource packs to accompany Jolson, Cinderella, Mother Goose and The Gingerbread Man. [Birmingham Hippodrome, E & B Productions]
1993 Inter-active version of The Ugly Duckling for BBC Schools Radio [Broadcast 1994]
1993 Occasional series of articles on Arts Education, Birmingham Post.
1988 Wrote screenplay and edited video version of ‘The Apple Club’ for North B’ham Health Authority.
1985 Wrote screenplay for ‘Ghost Story’ five minute film for Central TV’s ‘Saturday Show’
1980 Screenplay ‘Adam and Eve and Pinch Me’ - Manchester University Film Unit, filmed in Lake District