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Biography

Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting, Colin teaches writing for stage screen and radio at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Colin’s stagework has been performed all over the world. He is a long term collaborator with many of the world’s foremost theatre practitioners including Kathryn Hunter, Sir Peter Hall, Hideki Noda, Walter Meirjohann and Dalia Ibelhauptaite. His original plays include The Kingdom (Soho Theatre), There Was A Man, There Was No Man (Tricycle Theatre, The Bomb, Season), The Lion of Kabul (Tricycle Theatre, Great Game Season), How Many Miles to Basra? (West Yorkshire Playhouse, winner of Clarion Best Play 2007), Amazonia ( Young Vic), The Diver and The Bee (both with Hideki Noda for Soho Theatre and Setagaya Theatre, Tokyo), Monkey! (Young Vic), Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Assembly Rooms/Trafalgar Studios), Alcmaeon in Corinth (Live! Theatre) and The Walls (National Theatre).  His adaptations include Dr Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Glasgow Citizens) Kafka's Monkey (Young Vic), Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peer Gynt (National Theatre of Scotland/Barbican) and Svejk (Gate Theatre/ Duke, Broadway).  His translations include Bacchai (National Theatre), Iph. (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) from the Greek of Euripides and Cuckoos and Marathon (Gate Theatre) from modern Italian.  His stage work is published by Oberon Books.

Colin has written more than ten full-length plays for BBC Radios 3 and 4 including the award-winning Glass Houses (2007).  He has written feature length screenplays for Vera (ITV), Single Handed (ITV and RTE) and Silk (BBC) starring variously Brenda Blethyn, Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry Jones, Claire Skinner and Aiden Gillen.  His original mini-series about the notorious Irish leader Charles J. Haughey, Charlie (RTE/ Touchpaper/Element), will premier on Irish television in Autumn 2014 and he is currently developing two original series for BBC 1.  He has written on many aspects of theatre including translating for the stage, adaptation, contemporary Irish Theatre and international, cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Kafka's Monkey (Young Vic)