Authors

Jon Bradfield

Jon Bradfield is a playwright, theatre marketer and graphic designer. His plays include: Animal, co-written with Josh Hepple (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester/Park Theatre London, 2023); and A Hard Rain, co-written with Martin Hooper (Above the Stag Theatre, 2014).

Other work includes several adult pantomimes for Above The Stag Theatre, co-written with Martin Hooper; a contribution to Queers (Old Vic and BBC Four, 2017); and several sketches for the long-running News Revue at the Canal Cafe Theatre.

Jon Bradfield
A Hard Rain
Queers: Eight Monologues
Queers: Eight Monologues - SIGNED COPY
Animal

Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw is an American playwright whose plays include Intimacy; The Bereaved, declared a New York Times Critic's Pick and one of the Best Plays of 2009 by Time Out New York; Mary; and Burning. He was hailed as the Best Provocative Playwright of 2007 by the Village Voice.

Intimacy and other plays

Mike Bradwell

Mike Bradwell is a leading theatre director. He founded Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1971, was Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre from 1996 until 2007, and continues to work widely as a freelance director. His book on alternative theatre, The Reluctant Escapologist, won the Society for Theatre Research's Theatre Book Prize for 2010.

Mike Bradwell
The Reluctant Escapologist: Adventures in Alternative Theatre
Inventing the Truth: Devising and Directing for the Theatre
A Bed of Roses

Ellen Brammar

Ellen Brammar is a Hull-based screenwriter and playwright, and a founding member of Middle Child theatre company.

Her plays include: Modest (Middle Child, 2023); Angel (Hull Truck, 2020); Ten (Hull Truck, 2019); and I Hate Alone (Middle Child, 2017).

Ellen Brammar
Modest

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter.

He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).

He formed the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in April 2015, launching with a season of five shows at London's Garrick Theatre from October 2015 - November 2016.

The Winter's Tale
Romeo and Juliet

Michael Bray

Michael Bray trained at RADA and worked as an actor on stage and screen, before moving into writing and directing for television and film. His films as writer/director include The Sea Change, starring Ray Winstone, which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He has taught screen acting at many leading drama schools, directed hundreds of students' final-year films, and is currently Course Leader at Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London. His book So You Want To Act On Screen? is published by Nick Hern Books.

So You Want To Act On Screen?

Howard Brenton

Howard Brenton was born in Portsmouth in 1942. His many plays include Christie in Love (Portable Theatre, 1969); Revenge (Theatre Upstairs, 1969); Magnificence (Royal Court Theatre,1973); The Churchill Play (Nottingham Playhouse, 1974, and twice revived by the RSC, 1978 and 1988); Bloody Poetry (FocoNovo, 1984, and Royal Court Theatre, 1987); Weapons of Happiness (National Theatre, Evening Standard Award, 1976); Epsom Downs (Joint Stock Theatre, 1977); Sore Throats (RSC,1978); The Romans in Britain (National Theatre, 1980, revived at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2006); Thirteenth Night (RSC,1981); The Genius (1983), Greenland (1988) and Berlin Bertie (1992), all presented by the Royal Court; Kit’s Play (RADA Jerwood Theatre, 2000); Paul (National Theatre, 2005); In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2006 and 2007); Never So Good (National Theatre, 2008); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists adapted from the novel by Robert Tressell (Liverpool Everyman and Chichester Festival Theatre, 2010); Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2010 and 2011); 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre, 2012); #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead Theatre, 2013); The Guffin (NT Connections, 2013); Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre, 2013); Doctor Scroggy's War (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014); Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre, 2016); The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2017), The Shadow Factory (NST City, Southampton, 2018), Jude (Hampstead Theatre, 2019) and Cancelling Socrates (Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2022).

Collaborations with other writers include Brassneck (with David Hare, Nottingham Playhouse, 1972); Pravda (with David Hare, National Theatre, Evening Standard Award, 1985) and Moscow Gold (with Tariq Ali, RSC, 1990).

Versions of classics include The Life of Galileo (1980) and Danton's Death (1982), both for the National Theatre; Goethe's Faust (1995/6) for the RSC; a new version of Danton's Death for the National Theatre (2010); and versions of Strindberg's Dances of Death (Gate Theatre, 2013), Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, & Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2017) and Creditors (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, & Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2019).

He wrote thirteen episodes of the BBC1 drama series Spooks (2001–05, BAFTA Best Drama Series, 2003).

Howard Brenton
Anne Boleyn
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Faust: Parts I & II
Berlin Bertie
Never So Good
Paul
55 Days
#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Dances of Death
Drawing the Line
Eternal Love
Doctor Scroggy's War