John Yates

  • 24th January 2016

After careers in civil engineering and teaching, I began Angela Street’s excellent script-writing courses in Salisbury in 2010.  My one-act play “Our Space” began life at Mark Breckon’s Saturday Shorts at Bristol Folk House in 2012.  Melissa Dunne’s Papercut company produced the piece at Theatre 503 in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013.  Laura Jasper of  South-West based company Ripped Script also directed “Our Space” at the LOST One-Act Play Festival in London and at Exeter Ignite in 2013.

My shorter pieces include “Wait” (Arcola Theatre, London – the Miniaturists 2012), “Memorial” (Theatre Fest West, Salisbury 2014) and “Images” (to be produced in the 2015 Salisbury Fringe at The Cloisters).

The Arts Council funded a rehearsed reading of my full-length political play “Islam” directed by Jon Nash at Salisbury Playhouse last year.  Angela Street and David Lane provided invaluable dramaturgical support.  Bristol Old Vic gave helpful feedback under their 2014 Open Session.  A revised version of the play has been entered for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize.

I’ve recently participated in Part Exchange’s Engine House initiative, responding collaboratively as a writer to specific sites in Bristol.

My latest project will be a cycle of multi-form Neolithic plays, incorporating dialogue, dance and music.  The pieces would be performed in the open air at significant Neolithic sites in Wiltshire and Dorset.

John is working as a writer for our Hidden City Writers in Residence event – part of Bristol Doors Open Day on 12th September 2015.