about our playwright
Bev Clark playwright
Bev Clark is a writer, director, workshop leader and adjudicator who has worked all over England in both professional and community theatre. She is now devoting more of her time to writing for the stage – her first love. As a director she understands that not only must a piece work on the page, it must have the vision to be performed on a stage – often only with a bare minimum of a set.
Bev has been writing and directing her own plays for many years and now wants to be able to share her work with other groups, directors and audiences.
in 2009 Bev’s play Remembrance Day was successful in the All England Theatre Festival reaching the semi-finals and was licenced by NoDA. It was performed at The Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight and Heswall Hall on Wirral, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, Saltburn in Yorkshire and the Rhoda McGaw theatre in Woking, Surrey. It was placed third that year in the Geoffrey Whitworth playwriting competition. In 2014 it was performed by Swavesy Radsoc at the Sawston Drama Festival and also at the Cambridge Drama Festival. It was later performed by SNADS at Sturminstor Newton Dorset. You can view images from those productions in our Performance Gallery
We are now licencing a new updated version.
Her play Bentley: Road To Justice was originally an idea by David Crosby and the script was developed from his research and from workshops run with a group of community actors who came together because of their interest in the Derek Bentley case. This play is largely based on his sister’s long fight to clear his name in the forty years that followed. This also reached the semi-finals of the all England Theatre Festival and was also placed third in the Geoffrey Whitworth Playwriting competition in 2011. The play was performed at The Gladstone Theatre, Wirral where Bev won Best Director. Grange over Sands, Cumbria and Todmorden in Lancashire.
After The Dream, a full length comedy drama was written for the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages in 2012 and described as “Ayckbourn meets Shakespeare” . This production was designed to be an open air production touring parks and gardens across Wirral but the weather in 2012 was very unkind and performances were transferred to inside venues where it received much acclaim. It was also performed at Contact Theatre, Manchester, The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Ness Gardens Cheshire and Melrose Hall, Hoylake, Wirral. Bev was nominated for NODA North West’s best director award.
Stealing Me, a comedy commissioned by a local company for the Leverhulme Drama Festival in 2008 won the adjudicators award for overall presentation in Sound & Lighting.
Bev has worked for many years with youth theatre including the junior theatre at the Bristol Old Vic and she was presented to Her Majesty the Queen in 2011 in recognition of her work with young people. In recent years she has composed and directed a community musical – All Along The River (2008) and won acclaim as a director of The Importance of Being Earnest (2010) The Crucible (2013) and The Winter’s Tale (RSC OpenStages 2015) She has adapted and directed A Very Victorian Christmas from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (2013) and presented part of her new work – The Flood (2010) which is part of The Modern Mysteries for Schools.
2015 saw her adaptation & direction of The Winter’s Tale performed on the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford as well as other productions at Contact Theatre, Manchester. Bev also directed productions at Gaiety Theatre Isle of Man and Floral Pavilion, Wirral.
We are delighted that the premier of this play is to be performed by Impact Theatre at the Birmingham one act drama festival on Sunday 21st February as part of the Festival Weekend. This festival is round one of the All England Theatre Festival. Good luck! Impact youth theatre.
Bev has run many workshops including a course in Devised Theatre for the International Baccalaureate conference at Warwick University on Peace One Day (2013) She has recently completed a piece on Modern Slavery as part of TheatreFest 15 on the Isle of Man October 2015 which was described as an “inspirational hard hitting drama”
Bev is currently directing her first film “Free to Be”
In 2016 Bev will direct a play to be performed at Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight and on tour in the Liverpool & Merseyside area. Further details to be announced.