John has a lifelong love of 60’s and 70’s British comedy, with notable favourites including The Carry On films, Tony Hancock, Peter Cook, Black Adder, Frankie Howerd and Ray Cooney.
After many years involvement with amateur theatre groups, John deciding to try his hand at playwriting, with his first play A Gladiator in the House performed at Salford Arts Theatre in 2009.
Several of John plays are based on his extensive travel experiences but his varied output has ranged from plays set in Ancient Rome to Outer Space, always remaining faithful to British comedy traditions.
John has been involved with several amateur theatre groups including The Wilmslow Guild, MADS (Macclesfield), The Brookdale Theatre (Bramhall) and Poynton Players, working in set construction, scene painting and back stage work, as well as acting. John’s favourite stage role is the Bishop in See How they Run.
You may have seen John as a supporting artist 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).
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A few reviews of John’s plays:-
“An enjoyable romp that brings a light, comedic and occasionally ribald touch to the issues it seeks to comment on” – Manchester Evening News on Game of Souls at The Dancehouse, Manchester.
“The chemistry on stage was fantastic and the audience was hooked from beginning to end. A fantastic two hours of theatre… a truly enjoyable piece of work” – Large Manchester on A Gladiator on the Town at Salford Arts Theatre.
“A thoroughly enjoyable play and a must see if you are looking to escape after a busy week!” – Helen Ball, Chief Executive, The Civic; Barnsley on How to relax in Andalucia.
John is a Theatre Reviewer for Number 9