Philip has been a member of the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre’s Writers Lab and Theatre Writing South West, formerly South West New Writing Network.
His work for the stage is as follows:
Misconceptions – full length play exploring disability and adoption: early version workshopped by Sue Colverd at Cheltenham Everyman. Subsequently revised 2019.
Charlie – full length play – a who-dun-it mixed with an exploration of what it’s like for a family living with a disabled child: award winner in Gloucestershire Postcode new writing competition – professional script in hand performance by Stroud Theatre Company at Prema, Uley. Subsequently adapted and performed by The Phoenix Players at The Kings Theatre, Gloucester in September 2014. Also Cotswold Playhouse with The Cotswold Players 5-9 April 2022.
Celebrity Love Hero – one man show – stand-up, story and song with lashings of audience involvement - performed at North Devon Fringe Theatrefest Summer 2010. Subsequently performed at Lanternhouse, Ulverston, and The Space, Stroud.
But Not Gagged – 20 minute piece developed from Misconceptions, with the voice of a strong disabled young woman at its core - one of eight short plays selected from 350 submissions by Red Kettle Theatre Company and performed at the Waterford Festival of New Plays (2011).
Herbie and The Saints – a fun play with music about being a fan of Southampton Football Club. Musical arrangements by Thomas Johnson. Public professional performances in 2011 by pd productions at The British School, Stroud, at The Berry Theatre, Eastleigh and at The Nuffield’s Studio Theatre in Southampton.
The Garden of Palindromes – a very short play set in The Garden of Eden and written entirely in palindromes! - selected by the Cheltenham Everyman Youth Theatre for their ‘November Plays’ and performed at the Everyman Studio in November 2011. Hilariously revived (he says) under Philip's direction in Bath and at the Stroud Fringe Theatre Festival in 2015.
Carrying On - a ten minute play about responses to a messed up world - part of Theatre West's A-Z Project of new writing at The Alma Theatre in Bristol - November 2012.
In A Sense - a ten minute play about responsibility and disability - selected for professional performance as part of a programme of new writing - Nine Lives - at Cheltenham Everyman Studio and at The Landor in Clapham in January 2014.
Jeannie - a ten minute one-man two-voice play exploring differing views of life from the perspective of an elderly widowed father and his middle-aged son. Performed in Bath and at the Stroud Fringe Theatre Festival in 2015. Now filmed by The Cotswold Players with Philip playing both parts.
(Reasonably) Great Sporting Moments - Philip's second one-man show, including uniquely ridiculous audience reconstructions of Wimbledon fortnight and the drawn third test in Durban in 2010.
Charlie: ‘Your play about carers made me prick up my internal ears as being that rare thing, something written about ‘my tribe’. Your play moved me a lot, and made me think a lot, as well as being an excellent evening out – gripping, witty, stirring.’
Herbie and the Saints: ‘a delightful and thoroughly enjoyable event…. The combination of enthusiastic physical theatre, music, comedy, improvisation, and well informed insights into the recent and not so recent history of the Club kept even a non Saints supporter like myself well and truly absorbed and entertained.’
You can listen here to the songs from Herbie and The Saints.