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Entries in England (9)


Evans, Lisa (England, UK)

Lisa Evans is an award-winning playwright, whose work for young audiences includes Rise Up; Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home; The Day the Waters Came; Slap; Lucky Country; Crime of the Century; The Red Chair and Taking Liberties. Original plays for adults include Getting to the Foot of the Mountain; Once We Were Mothers; Up the Duff; Keep Smiling Through and Glory Glory. Her stage adaptations include The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Villette, East Lynne, Frankenstein, Cat’s Eye, Jamaica Inn and The Maid of Buttermere.  Her plays are published by Oberon.

Besides her work for radio, Lisa also writes for television, where her credits include The Bill, Holby City, Casualty and EastEnders.

Lisa has been Resident Writer at Theatre Centre and at Temba Theatre Company and Associate Writer for Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

Agent: Diana Tyler at MBA Literary Agents Ltd.


Ireland, Vicky (England, UK)

Vicky has acted in T.I.E. and theatre, presented BBC TV's Words and Pictures, was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre, London, and has written for TV, radio and theatre. She is Vice Chair of Action for Children's Arts, founder member of A Thousand Cranes Theatre and a Director of ASSITEJ U.K. She was awarded an MBE for services to children's drama, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.


Miller, Carl (England, UK)

Plays include: Red Fortress/1491 (Unicorn Theatre and NPYA NYU / Provincetown Playhouse), Return (Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre), The Coming of the King (City Lit); Sherlock Holmes and The Athenaeum Ghoul, Hansel and Gretel, and Janet and Jane (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Descent (Birmingham Rep), The Last Enemy (Gay Sweatshop) and Master Betty (Man in the Moon Theatre). Film: Jean (short directed by Tony Fabian). Libretto: Spellshock/The Spellbound Child (included in New Visions/New Voices 2006).


Adaptations include: The Birthday of the Infanta (Trestle), The Three Musketeers, The London Eye Mystery (Unicorn Theatre), Journey to the River Sea (Theatre Centre and Unicorn), Black-Eyed Susan (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Collins Drama), The Same Language (Hotbed Festival). Textual adviser, The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre). Books include Stages of Desire: Gay Theatre's Hidden History.


Mulholland, Susan (England, UK)

Susan Mulholland is a playwright from the North East of England. She currently works for Northern Stage, the largest producing theatre company in the North East. To date Susan has been commissioned to write the company's last five Christmas shows for the under 6s; Thumbelina; Tattercoats; The Goblin Who Saved Christmas; The Prince & The Penguin; and The Little Boy Who Lost the Morning.

In her role as Deputy Director of Participation at Northern Stage, Susan produces theatre projects with young people from across the North of England. She has written for some of these projects too including Happiness and The Imagined Life of Gavrilo Princip.

She is currently exploring work with 0-3yr olds and working on this year's Christmas show, Shhh..., set in a magical library.


Murray, Brendan (England, UK)

Originally from Manchester, Brendan trained as an actor and worked for ten years in schools, fringe, Rep and commercial theatre. From 1982 to 1985 he was Head of Theatre-in-Education at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and later writer-in-residence at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Since 1990 he’s divided his time between writing, directing and teaching - principally at Drama Studio London. In 2002/3 he was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow in the Department of Palliative Care at King’s College Hospital and, from 2003 to 2008, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company. His plays are regularly produced throughout the UK and abroad and have won both Brian Way and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. Like the good northerner he is, he lives in Brighton. For more details visit


Way, Charles (England, UK)

Charles Way (playwright) has written over forty plays, many of them for young people, including Sleeping Beauty, The Search for Odysseus and A Spell of Cold Weather, all of which were
nominated as Best Children's Play by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. His play Merlin and the Cave of Dreams was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Outstanding New Play. He has recently published the book collection Classic Fairytales Retold for the Stage. Red Red Shoes was named 2004's Best Play for Young People by the Arts Council of England. His plays for adults include a well-known version of Bruce Chatwin's On the Black Hill and an adaptation of Independent People by Halldor Laxness. More recent plays include Still Life and The Long Way Home.


Willis, Jane Lockyer (England, UK)

Jane trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying English, Speech and Drama – AGSM LGSM. She is also an associate of LAMDA – ALAM. Past experience includes the stage, amateur and professional; acting in plays for BBC World Service Radio and teaching. For many years she ran her own company, Speakwell Communications offering tuition to adults in public speaking and presentation skills.  Nowadays she likes to concentrate on writing and acting.

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Wood, David (England, UK)

David Wood OBE (born 21 February 1944 in Sutton, Surrey, England) is an English-born actor and writer, called "the National Children's Dramatist" by The Times.

Wood has been actor, composer, producer, director, lyric writer, magician, author and playwright. Wood is a leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, with a host of successes to his name, including Fantastic Mr Fox, BFG, The See-Saw Tree, The Twits, The Witches, Noddy, Meg and Mog, Spot, Rupert the Bear and Babe the Sheep Pig. His most famous story, The Gingerbread Man, has been all around the world since it was first performed at London’s Old Vic in 1977.

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Wynne-Willson, Peter (England, UK)

Peter Wynne-Willson is a writer and director of theatre for young people, based in Birmingham.  From 1982-92 he was Artistic Director of Big Brum TIE Company.  He has written 39 plays including, Roy,  Homeland and Heads or Tails for Big Brum,  The Broken Peace for GYPT, The Shooky and Princess and Ginger for Birmingham Rep , Risky Business and Talking Balls for Women and Theatre, and plays for Gazebo, MAC, Birmingham Hippodrome

In 1999 he became Visiting Professor of Theatre-in-Education at the Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea.  This association has led to 8 new cross-cultural collaborations, including The Bridge in 2005 [revived for ASSITEJ Adelaide 2008] 6 plays for Moby Duck Theatre Company, and most recently the much- admired Looking for Yoghurt.

In recent years he has been increasingly involved in early years work.