Writing C.V.

Curriculum Vitae

Adam Robinson MA, BA (Hons)

I am the author of several stage productions, including Poppet, Bad House and I can feel myself splitting. My writing covers the mediums of theatre, film and short fiction. Currently, my play Conscientious is being produced for a national tour in autumn 2014. The play has received funding from the Arts Council England. This piece began life as part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Summer Sublets residency and a section was shared at their Furnace festival in November 2013.

In June 2013 I was selected as one of ‘20 of the best writers under 40’ in Leeds by Dead Ink publishers. Two of my short stories appeared in their LS13 anthology of writers. I was also selected in 2013 to be part of the very first cohort of Emerge writers in Leeds.

In 2013 I co-wrote the short film Go On, My Son with Nick Coupe. Funded by the Roundhouse, London, the film is now available to view online and drew more than 20,000 hits in its first week. In February 2013 an extract from Narcissus!, my 2007 play, was selected to appear at the Pleasance Theatre, London, as part of the Les Enfants Terribles showcase.

In November 2012 a selection of my monologues were performed at the Hull Truck Theatre. One of these pieces, Sci-Fi, was recently shot as a short film and is due to be independently released in Autumn 2014. The Split, a new film starring Edward Hogg and directed by Ed Rigg, was produced from my original screenplay.

In 2010, Bad House (co-written with Lucy Arnold), a portmanteau Gothic piece, was selected from over 100 applicants to be one of the 12 productions performed at the prestigious NSDF in Scarborough, UK.

Since 2008, I have written for several productions which appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including my play Little Red and the collaboratively-written Alcatraz. The latter, produced by Aireborne Theatre, was featured in the Guardian’s What to See section of The Guide supplement and received great reviews.

As well as writing a fortnightly short story blog called Tales from the Red Barn (illustrated by artist and puppeteer Max Dorey), I am the co-founder and co-resident poet at Leeds spoken word event Sticks &Stones. Since 2005, this event has played host to some of the best poets and spoken word artists in the world. My poetry has been featured twice in US magazine Strong Verse.

My current projects include: Bailiffs a brand new full-length play which deals with debt and ownership in post-recession Britain, a scene from which was debuted at the Emerge Script Night at Bradford New Playhouse in February 2014; Closet, a short horror film directed by Nick Coupe and starring Amy Marchant and Sueño Con Una Tarde de Verano, a short film which I wrote and directed during a recent arts placement in Madrid, Spain.

Recent and forthcoming theatre/film works

Autumn 2014             Conscientious                                    National tour                          
August 2014              Sueño con una trade de verano        Short film
September 2014        Closet                                                Short film
October 2014             Splitting                                             Short film
February 2014            Go On, My Son                                 Short Film
February 2013             Narcissus!                                        Pleasance Theatre, Islington
October 2012              Sci Fi & I can feel myself splitting     Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
January 2012              I can feel myself splitting                   Bristol Old Vic Showcase
August 2011                The Gibbet                                       Longlisted: Alfred Bradley Bursary
August 2010                 Alcatraz                                            Edinburgh Festival Fringe
June 2010                    Bad House                                       NSDF, Scarborough

Reviews

Bad House

“Short, but not so sweet, three ghostly stories will send shivers down the spines of even the hardiest of observers. Cleverly directed and originally written, this is an excellent piece of theatre.”
Fringe Review ★★★★

“The writing is absolutely exquisite. At points I found myself tuning out and just listening to the beauty of the sounds – the ebb and flow of it.”
Ideas Tap

Alcatraz

“Incredibly compelling…keeps you guessing until the very end (and beyond)”
The List ★★★★

“The show’s five writers have produced beautiful passages which are well-handled by the five performers”
The Scotsman

“The show is intriguing, well written and ultimately a very interesting well performed piece”.
The Public Reviews ★★★★

Little Red (a fairy tale)

“This is a beautifully written piece of theatre, with as many twists and turns as one might
face lost deep in an enchanted forest. A very clever production.”

One for Review ★★★★

“My pick of the Fringe. […] A deep and thought-provoking piece of adult theatre, dealing
with the realities of life, and haunting in its effect. Congratulations to all on an excellent production”
Jo Richards, EdFringe.com ★★★★

Education

2006 – 2008       University of Leeds     Leeds, UK
MA in American Literature and Culture (Distinction)

2003 – 2006       University of Leeds      Leeds, UK
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (2:1)

2000 – 2002 Greenhead College Huddersfield, UK
English Language – A (A Level)
Sociology – A (A Level)
English Literature – B (A Level)
Psychology – B (A/S Level)

Writing samples available on request. 

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