John started writing in 2001 after taking part in a Murder Mystery game and deciding to have a go at writing one himself. Having had a lifelong love of 60’s and 70’s British comedy, it was not long before John decided to try playwriting as well and this led to joining Writers’ Lab at the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham and Primary Creations at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester; both of which helped in developing the craft of script writing. The Scriptworks playreading group at the Contact Theatre, Manchester also became a valuable source for honing work. In addition to full-length plays, John has writen several short stories and sketches over the last ten years as well as three novels.
John has been Involved at various times with amatieur theatre groups including The Guild Theatre in Wilmslow, Macclesfield Amateur Dramatic Society, The Brookdale Theatre, Bramhall and Poynton Players. gaining experience in acting, set construction, scene painting and back stage work. Roles played include Sam in ‘Wait until dark’ at Chads Theatre, Cheadle Hulme, The Bishop in ‘See how they run’ at MADS Theatre, Macclesfield and Frank in ‘The female of the species’ at Poynton Players. He is represented by the Acting agency EKA and has appeared as an extra in various television productions including ‘Scott and Bailey’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, ‘Mount Pleasant’, ‘Fresh Meat’,’The house of Anubis’ and ‘Foyle’s War’ (playing William Knowles, the murder subject of an episode).
The home of John’s plays is Salford Arts Theatre click on logo
Casagua Ltd was set up in June 2012 by the playwright John Waterhouse with the principle aims being the production of comedy plays under the trading name ‘Casagua Productions’. Click here for details of recent productions.
The following cast-based Murder-Mysteries are published by ‘Red Herring’ Murder Mysteries:- A Rum murder (Pirate theme) 2010, Adieu Adieu (World War Two, occupied France theme) 2011, The Secret of the Vampire’s Crypt (Vampire Theme) 2011 and Murder at Chizzlepoke Hall (1930’s theme Theme) 2012 click here
Murder Mysteries written for Shot in the Dark include:- Death on the High Seas (Titanic theme) 2014 and For your thighs only (James Bond theme) 2014, Murder in the Gallery (Art world theme) 2014 and Night of the dead (Halloween theme) 2014 and The Saddlesore Murders (bespoke Wool shop theme) 2014. Click here For ‘the Shot in the Dark’ page.