Authors

John Abbott

John Abbott had a successful career as an actor before turning to teaching. He was Head of Acting at the Arts Educational School of Acting in Chiswick, West London, where he taught improvisation, stand up and Shakespeare, before retiring in 2012.

John Abbott
Improvisation in Rehearsal
The Improvisation Book
The Acting Book

Hassan Abdulrazzak

Hassan Abdulrazzak's first play, Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre, London, in 2007. Hassan was awarded the 2008 George Devine and Meyer-Whitworth Awards and the 2009 Pearson Award.

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Henry Adam

Henry Adam was born in Wick in North-East Scotland and worked in youth and community before his first professional play, Among Unbroken Hearts (Traverse), jointly won the 2000 Meyer-Whitworth Best New Play Award. 

Among Unbroken Hearts
The People Next Door
Petrol Jesus Nightmare #5 (In the Time of the Messiah)

Lydia Adetunji

Lydia Adetunji worked in journalism before winning the Almeida Theatre's 'Write' competition in 2006, and subsequently completed attachments to the Royal Court, National Theatre Studio, and Paines Plough, where she was Pearson Playwright-in-Residence. She writes for stage and screen.

 

Lydia Adetunji
Fixer

David Adjmi

David Adjmi grew up in a close-knit Syrian Jewish community in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, and he has drawn on his roots in his debut play collection, Stunning and Other Plays.

 

Stunning and other plays

Aeschylus

Aeschylus (born c. 525 BC) was an ancient Greek dramatist, often described as the father of tragedy.

The Oresteia

Bola Agbaje

Bola Agbaje's plays have been seen at the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst others. Her debut play, Gone Too Far!, won the 2008 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

Playing the Game

Naylah Ahmed

Naylah Ahmed was a joint winner of the 2008 Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, in association with the Manchester Royal Exchange. She has also written for television and radio.

Mustafa

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken (1924–2004) was an English writer, specialising in thrillers and children's alternative history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (stage version)