Writing and Script Development

Originating, researching, developing, writing and devising scripts for stage and screen

Theatre

As a reader for The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Ben is experienced at assessing and feeding back on scripts, with a strong understanding of what makes dramatic writing work for the stage.

He has worked with writers and performers to develop plays examining subjects that include: the division of India (Memories of Partition - Director and Dramaturg in association with The Royal Exchange), the conflict in Syria (Spring Reign - Originator, Producer, Director and Dramaturg of National Tour supported by The Lowry), a satirical take on how to be a better person (Real Life - Co-writer, Director and Producer in association with The Royal Exchange), and the centenary of the First World War (War Stories - Director, Dramaturg and Co-Producer of an International co-commission between You Are Here Festival and 24:7 Festival).

He has directed 'scratch nights' of new work in development at Contact and worked with companies, artists and students to research, write and devise 'work in development' with The Royal Exchange (Garth Williams - Bird of Paradise), The Lowry (The Last Resort - Week 53 Festival), HOME (Liz Richardson - Becoming), Jackson's Lane (Unhinged), UCLan (The Light Princess) and The University of Salford (#Handles).

If you have a script or project, and are looking for a Producer, Director or Dramaturg, or would simply like some feedback, please get in touch.


Television

Ben's screenplay, Feint - a television drama serial about a corrupt undercover police officer investigating a group of environmental activists - reached the top 14% of over 1250 submissions for the ITV Red Planet Prize 2020. Ben is currently seeking representation for his screenwriting. Please get in touch if you are interested in reading this, and more of his writing.

Photo by Mark Russell