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Vincent's Club


John has been a playwriting tutor on his own course since 2017, and with the Oxford Playmaker course (in collaboration with Oxford Playhouse) from 2015-2018.


Below are the achievements of some students from previous courses, subsequent to their year under John’s tuition.


2022 – 2023


Janet Taylor’s play VARNISH performed at Vaults Festival and will tour with HOUSE in Autumn 2024. Her play 5K MARRIAGE was performed at The Ink Festival. Her play WHITE was the second Oxford Platform in March 2023.


KALEIDOSCOPE by Tina Pepler is broadcast in summer 2023 on BBC Radio 4.


Rory O’Sullivan’s THE OUTSKIRTS has won an Arts Council of Ireland grant with the Irish New Writing Company ROUGH MAGIC.​


Carolyn Lloyd-Davies play CAN’T SEE FOR LOOKING is published by Aurora and will run for three weeks at The Cockpit in London in October 2023.


Andrea Roskell’s LOST IN THE BEAT was performed at Knutsford Theatre and will re-appear at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool in October 2023. Andrea’s MY NAME IS SANDRA was part of a two-play OXFORD PLATFORM in October 2022. 


Jo Watt’s play CHEMISTRY was the third OXFORD PLATFORM in May 2023.


Mark Vegh has been invited to join Hampstead Theatre’s INSPIRE programme for 2023-24..


Ed Rowett’s play FAN/DOM was the featured play on the October 2022 OXFORD PLATFORM.


Amanda McKenzie-Stuart’s play LIZZIE ON THE FENCE performed at Edinburgh Fringe, 2023. Amanda also awarded a place on the EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PLAYWRITING MSC.


2020 - 2021 - 2022


SEED, a community eco drama for twenty-two actors, has undergone a rehearsed reading in preparation for a potential outdoor run at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.


KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, staged reading produced by Optik Theatre, Richmond, Surrey, February 2019

SAVAGES, Zoom production directed by Sebastian Michael, July 2020.




2020: THE EXCHANGE: performed by David Hounslow and filmed for YouTube, after the performance in Cheltenham Everyman Theatre Studio was cancelled due to Covid.


2020: ALTERATIONS, performed by Lloyd Owen, Melissa Greenwood, Nathalie Barclay and Tom Grace (Stellar Theatre)


2021: THINGS THAT MATTER, performed by Sara Powell, Nathalie Barcley and Adam Karim (Zoom reading). Currently submitting an Arts Council grant application to do a library tour of Gloucestershire libraries. Have had an expression of interest from Gloucestershire Libraries. Also talking to The Poetry Library in Oxford about a potential low-key performance.


2022: VARNISH, performed by Jonathan Mayor - 2-day workshop in Oxford, culminating in a rehearsed reading for an audience in Vincent’s.




WALKING THE DOG -- A LOCKDOWN FABLE made the last round for BBC Radio 4, now in discussion with Audible.




OTTOLINE (2020) Garsington Manor Gardens July 2021.

"Janet Bolam’s play brings Ottoline and her husband Philip back into the spotlight, and really do them justice as fully realised characters."(Daily info 08/07/21)

This play is currently being rewritten for professional performance.


THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED (2019) won the Oxford Theatre Guild Playwriting Competition. It is being produced by Oxford Theatre Guild for entry into the 2022 Oxfordshire Drama Festival with performances in Henley and Abingdon.



Title: PENETRATION, directed by David Trevaskis, performed at The Cockpit, London from Sept 22nd to Oct 9th 2021. 

Published by Aurora Metro (

Film available on-demand until March 22nd, from Stream Theatre

International Woman's Day March 8th, evening event on Zoom, a panel of six, including a lawyer specialising in rape and a family counsellor, will discuss the issues raised in the play about sexual consent. (

The Spectator, Lloyd Evans, theatre critic:

‘Penetration is a complex new drama that examines the legal and moral consequences of
date rape....The play’s great virtue is that it refuses to preach or to take sides....(it) takes a
brave stance and suggests that new rape laws should be introduced that reflect the levels of
physical coercion used..... This is a huge and dangerous issue handled with aplomb in this
riveting production directed by David Trevaskis.....Every teenager and student in the country
should see this play. Conferences and public forums should be convened to discuss its
ramifications. This is a script to raise whirlwinds.’

Script in hand:

Title: FRAYING ROUND THE HEDGES, directed by Joy Wilson. Community 'script in hand' reading by the neighbourhood Allotment Tenants, as comedy entertainment after their AGM, 2021.


On-going Project:


Title: AND A SWORD SHALL PIERCE YOUR SOUL, directed by Marion Bloice-Smith. A promenade Easter community play.

Performance dates:    April 13th, 14th 15th, 2022.

Location:  St Matthews Church, Marlborough Rd, Oxford OX1 4LW

2019 - 2020

Ian Grant

HATS AND COATS, staged reading at The Park Theatre, July 2019

MOLLY, Zoom performance at The Globe Festival June 26, 2020 and other dates.

(£1000 donated to Actors Benevolent Fund as a revenue share.)


Simon Lenagan

HAND IN GLOVE begins development as a TV series, Summer 2020


Janet Taylor

ALTERATIONS, Zoom reading for Stellar Theatre, London, May 2020


Julian Armistead

SCENES FROM A POISONING, Zoom readings, Summer 2020


Amanda Mackenzie-Stuart

CONVULSION, Arts Council application for R&D

Oxford Playmaker 2018 - 2019

Adam Foster

THE LAST PUNCH AND JUDY MAN, staged reading at Camden People’s Theatre, Nov 2019 and touring to South-West, 2020-2021.

Zena Forster

STITCH-UP, Oxford University seed funding, 2020

Sami Ibrahim

TWO PALESTINIANS GO DOGGING Royal Court, 9th April - 9th May 2022

2018 - 2019

Ian Grant

BARBARA AND CECILY, staged reading at The Park Theatre, July 2019

Will Adolphy

ANARCHY, staged reading at Flux Theatre, London, 2019

Peter Popham

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN staged reading at Richmond Theatre, May 2019

SAVAGES staged reading at Jermyn Street Theatre April 29 – 30th, 2020

Becky Abrams

THE MEETING ROOM staged reading at The Mint House, Oxford, June 2019

2017 - 2018

Lekha Desai Morrison

THE DATE, Southwark Playhouse

IRISH & A GAME OF TWO HALVES, Cherwell Boathouse/Oxford Playhouse

Rachel Betts

AS IF YOU ARE INFINITE - Pegasus Theatre and Arts Depot

Arvon/Jerwood Mentee 2019/2020 supported by Evan Placey

MERMAID BOY (on Young People's Mental Health) commissioned by Human Story Theatre at Old Fire Station, Oxford, 2021

Margaret Conway

RIGHTS (inspired by the first Civil Rights March) produced at the Ranfurley Theatre, Dungannon and in the MAC, Belfast, August 2018, Currently writing the sequel, WRONGS.

Oxford Playmaker 2017 - 2018

Doug Crossley

GIVE ME ONE MOMENT IN TIME Oxford Playhouse at Edinburgh Fringe, 2019

Jodi Gray

THROWN (Edinburgh Festival Fringe and tour 2018; Vault Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival 2019)
BIG BAD (Vault Festival 2018 and London Horror Festival 2018)

Rowan Padmore

NOTHING TO SAY Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

SAWDUST (2017) for Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

LIFE IS A CIRCUS: BBC4 documentary about process of writing/staging SAWDUST


Padraic Walsh

BLUE THUNDER/ Vault Festival 2019. Winner of the Innovation award. Commissioned for BBC Radio 4

EVERY ONLY GOD staged reading at the 2019 Irish Festival at Omnibus Theatre.

Janet Bolam

ANTIBODIES, rehearsed reading at St Aldates Tavern, 2019

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED, rehearsed reading, January 2020, Oxford.

Oxford Playmaker 2016 - 2017


Ayad Andrews

TERP, rehearsed reading, Finborough Theatre Oct 2018

THE GHOST OF MUHAMMAD ALI, rehearsed reading at Spring Arts Theatre

BBC Writers Drama Room 2019-2020

James Baldwin

AFRAID TO ASK, the egg, February 2018

THE WOMAN WHO TURNED INTO A CHICKEN, The Pit, Barbican, October 2018

Gold Koestler Award.

Karim Khan

HEART ATTACK, Seed Commission, Rifco Arts. 2018. Showcase: Bush Theatre Nov 2019. 

CORROSIVE, commissioned by Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, Autumn 2019, Pegasus Theatre & tour. 

Carolyn Lloyd-Davies

#PENETRATION The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, London

RETRIBUTION (audio play) commissioned by The Write Hour/ broadcast in January 2020. 


Oxford Playmaker 2015 - 2016

Clare Bayley

THE CONTAINER, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2019


ON THE MARCH, commissioned by Oxford Playhouse, 2018

Tolula Dada

Long-listed for Alfred Fagon award 2019

Residency at The Bush 2019

Writer on BBC3 series RED ROSE due 2021

Heather Dunmore

PRETTY POLLY'S DEAD written with Catherine Comfort and Doc Andersen-Bloomfield

SPITFIRE SISTERS written with both Catherine Comfort and Doc Andersen-Bloomfield. 


Giles Fernando

FALLEN ANGEL, musical in development, showcased at The Criterion, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 2018/9

DON'T LOOK DOWN, Kings Head, London, 2016


Mandy Constance

THE OCEAN QUEEN staged reading at Offbeat Festival and Oxford Playhouse, July 2017 

SWEET CHILD April 2018

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