Shaun was the producer for the following Radio plays by James Follett for BBC Radio 4
A Darkening Of The Moon 1st Broadcast 26th July 1986
MA Oxford University.
BBC TV 1966-71 Single Plays Script Editor working with Michael Frayn, John Mortimer, Dennis Potter, J.B. Priestley, Tom Stoppard, Fay Weldon, etc.
BBC RADIO 1971-79 Script Editor responsible for commissioning up to 200 single plays a year for the Afternoon Play slot. In 1979 he moved to Bristol where he has produced about 400 plays, features, readings and poetry programmes. His awards include: ·Sony Best Use of Comedy Award for CRISP AND EVEN BRIGHTLY by Alick Rowe, · The Writer’s Guild Radio Features Award for AUSTRALIA (13 one-hour drama documentaries).
He has directed 1,000 of actors including Walter Matthau, Sir John Gielgud, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir Derek Jacobi, Paul Scofield and Sian Phillips.
He has written radio features on the Poetry of Mao-Tse-tung, the later life of Siegfried Sassoon, and the Pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain, to which he cycled to with his 12 year old son.
He directed four OSCAR WILDE PLAYS for Penguin Audio with such actors as Stephanie Beacham, Sir Derek Jacobi, Miriam Margolyes, Anna Massey, Ronald Pickup and Greg Wise.
He directed THE HEALING ARTS, a new play inspired by Shakespeare's Othello and by The Tales of Kieu in collaboration with Vietnam's leading playwright and impresario, Le Duy Hahn. The play opened in Saigon to excellent reviews on 24th September 2001 and was chosen to represent Vietnam at an International Theatre Festival in Hanoi in November 2002
His book: WRITING FOR RADIO has received excellent reviews and is a set book on University courses. A second enlarged edition was published in April 2001.
He is advising "Radio the Voice of Vietnam" and "BBC World Service Development Trust" on the setting up of Radio Soap Opera for Vietnamese farmers. He has been invited to conduct radio drama workshops in Mongolia in September 2003.
Lecturing, tutoring and conducting writers’ workshops at Literary Festivals, Universities (Cambridge and UWE) and in prisons. At Channing’s Wood Prison, he encourages inmates to write and act in their own plays and in a feature “A Journey through Drugs”, which won The Arthur Koestler Award for radio Documentary for 2000.)
He has conducted Radio Directors’ Courses at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and taught radio acting to the drama students, usually directing them in Shakespeare plays and encouraging them to write and act in their own radio plays. His students have regularly win the BBC Carlton Hobbs scholarship. 2001’s winner was an Irish student, Jonathan Forbes.
BATH SPA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. He teaches the Theatre and Radio Script Writing modules to the final year students for the English and Creative Studies Degree. This year he has also been teaching the first year students in every aspect of creative writing.
He is Artistic Director of SOUNDPLAY
a new organisation dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and other classics as well
as new writing to the “audio-led” Internet.
Kindly Provided by Shaun Macloughlin 04.01.2003
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