Sylvia Backemeyer

Sylvia Backemeyer is Director of Learning Resources at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and is the editor of several books on art and design.

Ralph Koltai: Designer for the Stage

David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter.

His debut play, God's Dice, was premiered at Soho Theatre in 2019.

David Baddiel
God's Dice

Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey is a playwright whose debut play, Shook, was the winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, and was premiered by Papatango at Southwark Playhouse in 2019, followed by a UK tour.

His other plays include Sorry, You're Not a Winner (Paines Plough, 2022).

He was the recipient of the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021.

Sorry, You're Not a Winner

Sam Bain

Sam Bain is a TV writer, playwright and novelist. Together with Jesse Armstrong, he co-created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show from 2003–2015. Peep Show has won two British Comedy Awards, two Royal Television Society Awards, a BAFTA and the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writers of the Year. Also with Armstrong, he created Fresh Meat, a team-written comedy-drama about university students, which won two RTS awards and a British Comedy Award. In 2014 Sam and Jesse wrote Babylon, a six-part hour-long comedy-drama series for Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel. The feature-length pilot was directed by Danny Boyle. The duo’s other writing includes the feature film Four Lions (2010), co-written with Chris Morris, which premiered at Sundance and won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.

Sam’s first solo series, three-part comedy thriller Ill Behaviour, was screened on BBC2 and Showtime in 2017. He adapted his novel, Yours Truly, Pierre Stone, for a four-part Radio 4 series broadcast in 2017.

His debut play, The Retreat, was premiered at Park Theatre, London, in 2017.

Sam Bain
The Retreat

Annie Baker

Annie Baker is a leading American playwright whose plays include: Infinite Life (Linda Gross Theater, New York, and National Theatre, London, 2023); The Antipodes (Signature Theatre, New York, 2017; National Theatre, London, 2019); John (Off-Broadway, 2015; National Theatre, London, 2018); The Flick (Off-Broadway, 2013; National Theatre, London, 2013; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Obie Award for Playwriting), Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best New American Play), The Aliens (Obie Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival).

Her plays have been produced at over 150 theatres throughout the U.S., and have been produced internationally in over a dozen countries. Other recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Hull-Warriner Award, Steinberg Award, and the Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.

Annie Baker
The Vermont Plays
Uncle Vanya
The Flick
Circle Mirror Transformation
The Antipodes
Infinite Life

Harley Granville Barker

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) was an actor, playwright, director and critic, who exerted a major influence on British drama both during and after his lifetime.

Prefaces to A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale & Twelfth Night
Preface to The Merchant of Venice
Preface to Romeo and Juliet
Preface to Love's Labour's Lost
Preface to Julius Caesar
Preface to King Lear
Preface to Macbeth
Preface to Othello
Preface to Coriolanus
Preface to Antony and Cleopatra
Preface to Cymbeline
Preface to Hamlet