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

Sally Abbott

Sally Abbott is a playwright and screenwriter.

Her plays include I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly, 2020), and she co-wrote the stage monologue Borough Market, One Saturday (2017) with Michael Begley, winning the TCN Monologue Slam.

Her writing for TV includes the award-winning original BBC drama The Coroner, and has contributed to Vera, Death in Paradise, EastEnders and Casualty.

She has worked in theatre as associate producer, director and dramaturg for Manchester Contact Theatre, English Touring Theatre, National Association of Youth Theatres and Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, amongst others.

I Think We Are Alone

Hassan Abdulrazzak

Hassan Abdulrazzak is a playwright of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. His plays include: The Special Relationship (Soho Theatre, 2020), And Here I Am (Arcola Theatre, 2017 and UK tour; Europe, Middle East and Africa tour, 2018-2019), Love, Bombs and Apples (Arcola Theatre, 2016 and UK tour; Golden Thread, San Francisco, 2018 followed by a second UK tour; Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, 2019), The Prophet (Gate theatre, 2012) and Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre, London 2007; BBC Radio 3, 2008; Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney 2009; Akvarious productions, Delhi & Mumbai 2010).

He was awarded the 2008 George Devine and Meyer-Whitworth Awards and the 2009 Pearson Award.

Hassan Abdulrazzak
Sea Things

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)

Christopher Adams

Christopher Adams is a British-American playwright. His plays include: Open, written with Timothy Allsop (VAULT Festival, London, 2019); Tumulus (VAULT 2018, winner of an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work); Antigone (UK tour); Cooked (Bread & Roses Theatre) and Shelter (Shanghai Repertory Theatre). He has received short-play commissions from the Royal Court Theatre and Theatre503, and his plays Lynchburg (2013) and Haunts (2015) made the top-forty list for the Bruntwood Prize. He is a US Fulbright Scholar.

Plays from VAULT 3
Plays from VAULT 4

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

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
Marie Antoinette & 3C: Two Plays


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.

Women, Power and Politics: Now
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.