I am thrilled to be co-writing a brand new book with my friend and colleague George Turvey! Being A Playwright: A Career Guide For Writers is intended to be the essential playwriting career guide, from the team behind acclaimed new writing theatre company Papatango. It will be published by Nick Hern Books in 2018 - and you can pre-order with a 20% discount now!
Writing a good play is only a small part of making it as a successful playwright; understanding the business side of building a career is just as crucial. Yet most advice for budding writers focuses only on the craft of playwriting, ignoring the practicalities of the industry – which makes it harder for those without connections or know-how to get their work on stage.
Being a Playwright sets out, transparently and honestly, all the factors besides writing that playwrights need to know about to succeed. It includes advice on:
Drawing on Papatango's decade-long experience of discovering and launching successful new writers – who have gone on to win prizes such as BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal National Theatre Foundation and Alfred Fagon Awards – this straightforward and accessible book discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of life as a playwright.
Whether you're an aspiring writer wondering how to break into the industry, or a working playwright looking to land bigger commissions, this is your insider road map to navigating the world of professional theatre.
The Fear of Breathing will premiere in Japan in November 2013. Having originally run in London at the Finborough Theatre in July - August 2012 to wide critical acclaim (see the Press page), the play will now receive a new production at the Akasaka Red Theatre in Tokyo. It will be directed by Toshinobu Kojo and has been translated by Yashushi Shimo.