David is the author of many original plays and adaptations for stage and radio. He has written for Radios 3 and 4, professional touring companies, and youth theatres. He has also written and directed several large scale community plays. Recently he has been instrumental in setting up a new touring theatre company, along with director Glen Buglass and choreographer Helen Calcutt, whose aim is to create original theatre that draws its themes and subject matter from the life, history, folklore and experience of the Black Country. You can find more about the company by following this link: Regional Voice Theatre

Some of David’s plays include:


BBC Radio

Paper Doll; The Bogeyman; Walker in the Night ( a reworking of “Beowulf”); The Island of Doctor Moreau; Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark Is Rising (serial adaptions of Susan Cooper’s fantasy novels); The Daughter of the Sea (shortlisted for Sony Award); The Otherworld Child;Fahrenheit 451; The Last of the Mohicans (classic serial); The Return of the Native (classic serial).



Playground (winner of 1983 Birmingham Theatre Festival).

The Assassin of the Sun. (The Tabard Theatre, London.)

Ruff Moey; The Ballad of Billy Earp. (Theatre Foundry.)

Tongues of Flame (winner of Sacred Earth Drama Award)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Prospero’s Island; The Mothers; The White Shining Land; (Midland Actors Theatre.)

Goat Song (Shrewsbury Youth Theatre, New Delhi.)

Bayard’s Colts (a series of four new mummer’s plays written for the Bayard’s Colts project in Walsall.)

The Life and Times of the Tat Man (Regional Voice Theatre.)

The Ward (Midland Actors Theatre.)

Community Plays

Boomtown; Daledreams; Alice Barefoot (community radio play, Oxford); Walsall Wakes (written for the Millennium celebrations); Walsall’s War; Journeys (Stratford-Upon-Avon Literature Festival).

Youth Theatre

Several of David’s plays for youth theatre are published by Oxford University Press. These include:

The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty; Dracula; Lady Macbeth; Troy 24; Salem; Beowulf; Tess of the d’Urbervilles.


Humpty DumptyDracula



Lady Macbeth






Tess playscript