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 has now been published by Klartext Verlag
to accompany the exhibition. It 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. In July I completed a three-hander comedy 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 in June 2011. It exists in both German and English.
I have just completed a full-length six-hander comedy for adults about the end of the world as we know it, entitled "The Day God went on Facebook"
Finally, my holocaust play CAMP COMEDY
has just had a triumphal professional world premiere
in Polish (KOMEDIA OBOZOWA) in Liegnitz on 30 September 2012. The production has been invited to the Warsaw Theatre Festival where it can be seen twice on Wednesday 24. April 2013 at 18.00 and 21.00.
For more, see the CAMP COMEDY