Meet Our Authors
Inventing the Truth - Shelley v Trelawny
The Last Will and Testament of Roger Edwards - Gentleman
David Collard graduated from Cambridge and was a professor of economics at Bath for many years. His publications include Altruism and Economy (1978) and Generations of Economics (2010). After retirement he got involved in a spectacular Son et Lumiere production in Usk Castle and then in amateur dramatics. Henry VII is his first major play. David is co-editor of A Companion to Alfred Russel Wallace (2019), the famous biologist born in Usk. A smallholder, he keeps a few sheep and ducks on a steep Welsh hillside. He is married with one daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Lydia Hector the Word Collector
Where the Mushrooms Grow
Kei studied Theatre, Film and English Literature at university in York, graduating in 1999. Since then he has worked on numerous theatre productions and projects; directing, writing and acting with a variety of organisations, including the BBC’s Shakespeare for Schools Festival, Sheringham Little Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Grimsby Auditorium, Stamford Arts Centre and Hebden Bridge Little Theatre. He spent five years as Production Director at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston, where he wrote and directed their in-house professional, community and youth theatre. He has written a large number of pantomimes and plays for amateur companies and youth theatres across the country.
Women Behaving Badly
I have a medical background, microbiology, cardiology and digital medical imaging, which is of no use what so ever when writing pantomimes. To date I have written about 8 or 9 pantos, one farce, and in the middle of a world war 2 play, with only two characters.
I have lived in Southam near Cheltenham, for 5 years and founded SouthAM DRAM Group in our small village, with some of the profits from the pantos going to The James Hopkins Trust for children with life limiting conditions. So far we have raised over £5,000 for them with just 3 pantos. I am married to Paul, 30 years to date and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren
Happy Ever After
Stephen has been involved in theatre for over 20 years, he has performed in an extensive range of theatre productions and also worked in television and film.
Having started on stage as a boy, he has gone on to perform many leading roles in a variety of genres. He has written and directed productions which have all received rave reviews from local press and audiences alike.
His most successful script to date is his Pantomime; "Happy Ever After," which was first performed in 2010 to sell out audiences throughout.
My Kerry Hill
A Wolf by the Ears
In the Hut
Mattie Lennon was born on January 10th at Kylebeg, near Blessington County Wicklow, on a small farm. He would later say that it was so small, “We could bring it in when it rained.” He spent the first 25 years of his life there and then Dublin city called. He worked in construction for a couple of years and then spent thirty seven years employed by CIE, the national transport company.
He started writing doggerel, ballads and articles almost sixty years ago. Over the years he has written songs, essays and a couple of plays. He has compiled and presented numerous radio programmes on different stations and has brought out a CD of Seanachai stories. He has edited two collections of transport workers’ writings and produced a DVD, Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills.
His only advice to aspiring writers is, “The only people who make money out of writing are those who write ransom notes.”
Say Goodbye to Satchwell Road
Satchwell Road Can Take It
Born in deepest Essex, Peter was educated at Christ’s Hospital and Exeter University, where he studied Medieval History and Archaeology, before embarking on a career in education during which he wrote and directed numerous plays for young people. Now retired he still writes plays as well as pursuing a lifelong ambition to read James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” and write a ‘plainer’ version of the labyrinthine text to help others do the same. He now lives in the Garden of England, Kent, with his wife, Lyn, where they tend their own garden and pursue an absorbing interest in folk dancing.
He's Behind You
When I was nine years old I told my long-suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.
The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players.
I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwright course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, had its first highly successful showing in 2016.
As a writer though my focus is on the audience. Be it a play or a novel I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending. When I write I seem to disappear into another world and become completely self-absorbed. It’s a great feeling.
Beauty and the Beastie
Robert Duncan is cartoonist, painter and writer.
He has written several plays and pantomimes, using the talented Thame Players as a starting point. The first of these was the musical Leonardo, which he wrote with Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon (number one in 1964 with World Without Love.)
His comedy play Cluedo toured the country to great effect and still holds the all-time box office record at the Theatre Royal Windsor. He has recently adapted Cluedo into CUT!
He has designed over 2500 greeting cards, notably the world bestselling Not Particularly Orange range.
His animated four minute movie based on Edward Lear's The Jumblies has won awards for Best Animation In Austria, Colorado USA, St.Petersburg, and the IAC Film and Video Institute. See it on YouTube.
He spends every day drawing cartoons and writing stuff, and occasionally surprises himself by creating a masterpiece…
The Primrose and the Thorn
Phil Joyner has been involved in theatrical projects all his life. As a teacher of children with special needs, he created many plays and productions. He also performed on stage himself playing such roles as John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” and Fagin in “Oliver”. Now retired he lives in Bristol where he is an active member of two theatre companies.
The Star Gang
The Truth in Her Lies
Sheerluck and the Case of the Missing Cas
It's All Greek to Me
A Christmas Caroline
Peter Pan - The Pantomime
The Ghost Writer
All Rise for the Queen
Charlie Marx was born on April 27th 1973 in Glasgow.
He left school at 15 and decided to be a Rock Star but quit because he didn’t like the hours. In his mid-twenties he decided to write a play and since then he believes that one day he may just finish it.
Charlie went on to study, English, Psychology and Media gaining a BA.
Having written over 100 plays, musicals and screenplays, he also has published novels; “The Atheist’s Guide To Heaven & Hell”, “Chutzpah”, “Give Me A Job You Ba***rd!”.
Charlie’s plays have been produced in some of the biggest theatres in Scotland and been responsible for many best selling shows and pantomimes, original and adaptations of classics.
Charlie is a very fast writer and usually writes the spine of a play in a week and has written for specific theatre groups according to their casting abilities and genre choices.
Charlie lives in Scotland with his Hungarian writer girlfriend and their Romanian dog Gypsy and continues to write.
I Am Little Lee: A Child with Rett Syndrome
Todd Geren is the Fine Arts Director at Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership at Kennesaw State University. Todd co-authored a novel,The Quiet Storm, with Dominic Silvani. Todd has produced over thirty plays for his acting troupe, “The Rebellion”, including Little Shop of Horrors and Fallout: Macbeth. His stage roles include The Teen Angel (Grease), and Reverend Hale (The Crucible). He was Joshua Gardner in the Cinemarr film Bell Witch: The Movie. Todd has a wife, Beth, and two children - his son, Christian, and his daughter Hannah, the inspiration for his debut play I Am Little Lee: A Child with Rett Syndrome.
Alexander K Whittington
Alexander Whittington is a Theatre Education Major at Northwest Missouri State University. His plays of choice are plays that feature small casts and binding between cast mates. Alex hopes to get his theatre degree and teach high school. Alex writes plays in the hope you feel sadness as much as hope. Alex has had dreams of being a playwright for years. His biggest dream is to see one of his plays in a fully realized production. Alex hopes you enjoy his writing!
Tarquin began working for The Stagecoach Talent Agency in 2000 running their drama audition workshops. Since then he has probably auditioned well over 30,000 students.
Tarquin’s early work in theatre allowed him to play a wide range of roles, with several weekly rep seasons at Sidmouth, four years for Jill Freud at Southwold Rep and pantos at Chipping Norton.
Tarquin has also written the successful farces Notta Lottery, Luke Warm, Snowmageddon, the supernatural thrillers Murderous Intent, Murder by Deception, Blood on the Canvas and for children,The Hound of Music, Dick Whittington and the children’s book Captain Kiwi and The Possum Pirates.
Brian C Petti
The Love Song of Sidney J. Stein
Brian C. Petti is an award-winning playwright who has been produced internationally by such companies as Ten Grand Productions, Theatre of NOTE and 5th Wall Productions. THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN was part of the NYC Fresh Fruit Festival and it was the winner of Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition. LIKE DROWNING was produced by 5th Wall Productions in Charleston, SC, and HEROINES had its world premiere at Cornerstone Theatre Arts in Goshen, NY.
Fifty Shades of Beige
A Darker Shade of Beige
Last Tango in Redditch
Roger Goddard has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 40 years, working in all aspects of the theatre and during that time has written a number of very successful one-act plays. However, it wasn't until he retired in 2006 that he began writing full-length plays. The first of these, "Fifty Shades of Beige", was so well received that he was encouraged to write further plays and these too have been successfully performed.
Roger's usual modus operandi is comedy but he likes to tackle serious subjects and finds that using comedy is a good way to provoke thought and debate on sometimes difficult matters.
For a Day
Born 1954 in America. I have been involved with theater since I was sixteen. My first play I was cast as Renfield in the play Dracula. Since then I have performed in many plays in California and Oregon. I even had a running part as Uncle Bob in a live radio comedy called, The Lucky Jim Fishing Show.
I always enjoyed theater; however, I have been diagnosed with a neurological condition that weakens my muscles and prevents me from standing for long periods of time. Therefore, at sixty-four and preparing to retire, I have decided to write for stage. To date I have written two complete, two-act plays and six ten-minute plays. There are many more that are in the works. I enjoy writing and hope to keep busy, wishing my plays will be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.
Some Sunny Day
Straton Rushing is a playwright and actor pursuing currently based out of the Dallas, Texas area. In 2019 he has the pleasure of being invited to the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. His plays have been produced by the Maverick Theatre Company, the Drama Desk-Nominated Emerging Artist’s Theatre, SceneShop Productions, The Guinea Pig, Nouveau 47 at the Margo Jones Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, TheatreWorks New Milford, Camp Death Productions and several other companies around the USA. He has had the pleasure of teaching various facets of theatre with BareBones Shakespeare, Arlington Public Libraries, and the Muse Theatre Workshop.
All Together Now
Barry has been involved in theatre for over 30 years ranging from pantomimes to musicals and everything in between. Having started performing at the age of 8 in smaller roles, he gradually developed to perform larger roles in several productions.
At the age of 17 he co-wrote and produced his first pantomime Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves and then went on to write more pantomimes including The Son of Robin Hood, Snow White & The Warriors Kingdom.
At the present moment he runs a community theatre group based in Liverpool called City Theatre. The first production was the newest script he has written which was the comedy play called All Together Now; which he also directed.
The Secret of Light
Matthew was born without warning-- a sword of revelry in one hand and a word processor in the other. In the following years he put both to recommended and discouraged use and today considers himself a man of many dispositions. No, you don't. Yes, I do.
Matthew's plays have been produced nationally and internationally by theater companies including Eager Risk Theatre, Open Space Arts, Edmonds Driftwood Players, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, Organised Chaos Productions, Over Our Head Players, and Screaming Media Gi60.
He is also an award winning film-producer and screenwriter. His feature film Neptune from Last House Productions was an Official Selection of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival.
Alan D. Maislen
Blues for Caliban
Rimbaud at Midnight
Alan Maislen’s farce about impure Puritans--Hystorical: A Comedy of Eras—was a finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theatre Festival, held at the Duke on Broadway & 42nd. His musical comedy, Y in the World, a history of the YMCA, debuted in the maiden season of Hartford, CT’s Belding Theater. His humor has been featured in Rolling Stone: In Search of Historic Elvis. In 2018, his short story Incontinence won honorable mention in the Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Humor Competition. He haunts West Hartford, Connecticut. He is an Old Dunelmian. Salman Rushdie once quoted him (unwittingly). And Frank Zappa named his daughter.
The Play of Gilgamesh
Derek Kannemeyer was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up at the outskirts of London, but he has lived most of his adult life in Richmond, Virginia, where he has been a career teacher of French and English, a professional actor, and a working writer. His work has appeared in scores of publications from Fiction International to Rolling Stone. He was recently the winner of the inaugural Blue Nib poetry chapbook contest, and his new poetry collection Mutt Spirituals is forthcoming from San Francisco Bay Press.
The credit for the attached head shot goes to my wife, Sally Kannemeyer.
The Two Gentlewomen of Dover
Peter Cowlam studied Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts. He has had plays performed at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, and by the Dartington Playgoers, and has had readings at the Theatre West 100 Plays project in Bristol. He is also a novelist, winning the Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction twice (in 2015 and 2018).
Mediocre Millie Gets her Happy
LIZZIE MAXWELL began her career in show business as a teenager through a Readers
and Playwriting group (RAPT). After winning prizes and honorable mentions for her
plays “Just Bring Me One Rose” and “Chocolates for Sasha”, she began to produce a comedy club.
Fueled by her success in writing and hosting, and with degrees in Radio and TV and Psychology, she headed west to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She
pursued this with a fervor and has been seen on ER, LA Law, Unsolved Mysteries,
General Hospital, and many TV movies.
She later wrote and published a support guide for actors “Little Fish In A Big Pond”
which was a segue back to her earlier dreams of writing.
Most recently, in 2019, Lizzie wrote and directed “The Perils of Perfume”. You can view that movie and more on You Tube.
The Canterbury Tales Revisited
Many of my plays have been produced or have received staged readings. Three plays –
, The Kindness of Strangers, and Sense & Insensibility – have been published. My plays have been produced in theatres across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as well as in Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Several
short screenplays have been produced as well as a feature length film I helped write, titled The
Donor Conspiracy. Three radio plays have been produced and broadcast nationally.
Heather Powell was born in Dalkey, Co. Dublin and attended Dublin College of Art. She has enjoyed a life-long involvement with amateur theatre – both on stage and off. Having travelled the world extensively and working in Africa through the 1870s, Heather moved to Australia in 1990 where she now lives in Bateman’s Bay, NSW. Her writing has attracted considerable critical acclaim and she bases it all on her philosophy of ‘Laughter is (literally) the best medicine’.
Tim Tyler has been writing for many years now (screenplays and plays), yea, more years than his arthritic memory can remember. Although some of his works have placed highly in writing contests across this great land of ours, he has yet to make any significant money from his efforts. But who’s in it for the money? Not Tim. As if constantly being rejected by the most powerful agents and biggest names in entertainment isn't enough, Tim also seeks more abuse by doing stand-up comedy from time to time. The good news is, you won't be seeing him on "Letterman" any time soon.
Edinburgh born Sonya Shaw has had a life long love affair with the theatre both by acting and writing for it along the way.
One of her favourite parts was Miss Jean Brodie where she played the lead. One dream fulfilled: the other was to play the cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. She enjoyed it but her two children were mightily embarrassed at the sight of their mother in full fur lion outfit.!
Jane Eyre has been one of her favourite books since she first read it aged twelve and Mr. Rochester her second love after Mr. Darcy.