More amazing speakers joining us for the TYA Forum April 27-29! Remember, you can still register:
Carl was Associate Director and Literary Manager of Unicorn Theatre from 2002 to 2012. He has also been an Associate Director at Birmingham Rep and Artistic Director of the Royal Court Young People’s Theatre. His plays include: Butcher, Descent (Birmingham Rep), Bud (NPYA / NYU), Red Fortress (Unicorn Theatre and NPYA NYU), Return (Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre), The Coming of the King (City Lit); Sherlock Holmes and The Athenaeum Ghoul, Hansel and Gretel, and Janet and Jane (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Last Enemy (Gay Sweatshop) and Master Betty (Man in the Moon Theatre). His adaptations include Ostrich Boys (Birmingham Rep), The Birthday of the Infanta (Trestle), The Three Musketeers, The London Eye Mystery (Unicorn Theatre), Journey to the River Sea (Theatre Centre and Unicorn), Black-Eyed Susan (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Collins Drama) and The Same Language (Hotbed Festival). He also wrote the short film Jean and the libretti for Night Dance (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Spellshock / Spellbound Child (New Visions/New Voices) as well as books including Stages of Desire: Gay Theatre's Hidden History.
The youngest of five children from Salford, Lancashire, Brendan trained as an actor and worked for ten years in schools, fringe, Rep and commercial theatre. From 1982 to 1985 he was Head of Theatre-in-Education at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and, in 1989/90, writer-in-residence at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. Since then he has divided his time between writing, directing and teaching, principally at Drama Studio London. In 2002/3 he was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow in the Department of Palliative Care at King’s College Hospital and, from 2003 to 2008, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company. His plays have been produced throughout the UK and worldwide, and won both the Brian Way and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. You can find out more about him at www.brendanmurray.co.uk