about our playwright
Bev Clark – playwright & artistic director.
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.
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.
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 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”
About Bev’s plays
2016 was a very successful year for RIP Mr Shakespeare – a comedy clown extravaganza co-written with Keith Hill who also starred in the production. The journey began at The Leverhulme Drama Festival (Port Sunlight) where the play won four awards, including the Merseyside Trophy of AETF . It then went on through to the semi-finals of All England Theatre Festival winning two more awards, then on to the English Final in Maidenhead where it picked up an award for “exceptional creativity”. The production was also selected for the NDFA All Winners final.
Returning to the North West the show received five outstanding reviews which led to a further award as a Wirral Globe Arts Ambassador for Hand in Hand Theatre. Finally, to round off the year April 2016 – April 2017 the production was awarded Best Staging at Noda NW awards.
In Feb 2017 Broadway Theatre Company performed their version and won Best Youth production in the Isle of Man MADF One Act Festival and received top marks. The excellent young cast performed again in the I.O.M in May and hopefully will be at the NDFA finals this year in Barnsley.
In 2015 Bev’s play The Black Eyes won the Roister Doister one-act play competition and although it is not licenced to scripts4stage.com We include its success here as it was a youth theatre winner in March 2016. More details can be obtained from www.roisterdoister.com about the performance licence.
We were delighted that the premiere of this play was performed by Impact Theatre at the Birmingham one act drama festival on Sunday 21st February as part of the Festival Weekend, part of the All England Theatre Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT SCRIPTS FOR STAGE.
Scripts4Stage.com is an online publishing house formed in 2015 to promote the work and plays of Bev Clark.
We mainly promote plays; comedies and dramas for both adult and youth, many of which are suitable for festivals. Some of these drama titles have already been performed and won awards on the drama festival circuit. .
We are a small and dedicated team with years of experience in theatre production. We are happy to provide follow-up advice if needed and we can promote your performances on our facebook and twitter as well as here on this site .
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