Latest news: CAMP COMEDY winner at internatioal theatre festival. For more see: CAMP COMEDY
This website will introduce you to some of the activities I am involved in as a writer and translator. I have been working in theatre since 1968 when I left Drama Centre London,
where I trained as an actor. Before that I read French and Italian at the University of Wales, during which time I spent a year as a teacher in St.Etienne in the Massif Central, where I wrote a BA thesis on "Jacques Copeau, Jean Daste et La Comedie de St.Etienne". I moved to Berlin from London in 1981 after my play Stronger than Superman
had opened at the GRIPS theatre.
I now live in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on which I have written three travel guides, "The Wupper Valley", "Dusseldorf, Aachen and the Lower Rhine"
and Tour the Ruhr
. My other activities include a one-man cabaret show in German on the area, talks, lectures, theatre criticism and workshops, and in 2010 I curated an exhibition of major living European poets for the RUHR.2010 cultural capital of Europe celebrations, entitled "Europe...a poem"
. A German/English book was published by Klartext Verlag
to accompany the exhibition which will be revived in Castrop-Rauxel later this year as part of the town's anniversary celebrations. The book gives facsimiles of the original handwritten poems, German and English translations of all the poems, along with essays, photos and biographical details. It's also available from Amazon.
And to finish where I began - the theatre. I have recently completed two plays. The first is a three-hander comedy - around 50 minutes in length - for teenagers upwards, asking whether God created man, or man God. It's called "THE TRUE STORY OF ADAM AND EVE as personally dictated by God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Earth to his prophet Moses between 2.41 pm on the 28th May and 9.27 am on the 3rd June 1423 BC and later published in a condensed version in the Book of Genesis for the salvation of humanity". It exists in both German and English.
The second is a full-length six-hander lampoon for adults about the end of the world as we know it, entitled "The Day God went on Facebook"
. I am currently working with a German actor on a German version.
Finally, the Polish production of my holocaust play CAMP COMEDY
(KOMEDIA OBOZOWA) has just had a triumphant showing at the Warsaw Theatre Festival in April this year. For more, see the CAMP COMEDY