I have been an actor and a writer for over 40 years and have set up Writers Reign Theatre not only as a way of promoting my own work but also to promote a select few of my friends work. My aim is to provide a platform for quality writing that might not otherwise see the light of day, and by working closely with other actors, writers and directors we will bring this to fruition.
Originally from Liverpool, I trained at the Liverpool Theatre School in the late 1970s. I have performed in theatres up and down the country. I spent a year with the Octagon theatre in Bolton, toured with my own one man play called ‘The Loser’. Toured with TIE companies to schools in Scotland and Wales. I also toured schools with a play that I had written myself called ‘Tom And The Magic Ring’. I was in pantomime at Blackpool Grand Theatre Christmas 2016/17 and I am currently working with the writer Jim Cartwright on a production.
On television I spent some time in Brookside as Father Paul Heaton and in ‘Coronation Street’ as Dave O’Grady. (My fourth part in ‘the street’) I have also featured in many other TV programmes such as ‘The Bill’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Undercover Customs’, ‘The Grand’, ‘Families’, ‘Boon’ and many more.
For the past 16 years I have worked primarily as a voice over, locked away in our home studio with my wife, four kids and two dogs. I have voiced campaigns for projects as diverse as the Priory rehabilitation centres, to the voice of a dog explaining how to fit garden decking! To the voice of Liverpool football club and the Liverpool echo. In fact I was Jesus Christ this morning, which was nice. And two of our commercials recently featured in Peter Kay’s Car Share.
Amongst other things I have written three one person shows, a situation comedy, a television drama, numerous short stories as well as performance poetry; and was a finalist in the ‘Word War 2’ poetry slam event in Manchester. On the back of the award winning Trollope we entered ‘My Fitbit Called Me A Fat Bitch!’ Into the 2019 GMFringe. It played to sell out audiences and five star reviews. More recently I played a small part in the Sky TV series Brassic. And I played the character Kenny Cheadle in Yorkshire TVs Emmerdale.
As we trundle into 2021 beneath the dark cloud of Covid I have a short film cast and ready to go, and a new play that I am writing at its latter drafts. Fingers crossed the arts will get their chance to shine again as the year progresses and we can all get out there and show off what we do.x