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Welcome to Philip Meeks

The Workshop Theatre is happy to welcome Philip Meeks as our playwrighting fellow this semester. Students taking the playwrighting module will meet with Philip for the first time on Monday afternoon, and we hope soon to arrange events where a greater number of students in the School can meet him and discuss issues of creativity.

Philip has been a professional writer for five years. For theatre he recently received the prestigious Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award. His one man play Twinkle Little Star was nominated for a Stage Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 and received a second production at York Theatre Royal and the Lakeside Nottingham in 2008.  He is currently under commission to write a new play for York Theatre Royal called Elsewhere… set against the backdrop of a daytime soap, and has written a new supernatural play I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There. He’s currently developing three new plays, Died about former Princess Diana impersonators, Dubious Taste, a revengers’ comedy about food critics and an as yet untitled play about the fact that Quentin Crisp nearly passed away in his bed.

His credits for television include the last ever series of  Heartbeat and Emmerdale where he wrote 45 episodes over a three year stint as a core member of the writing team. These episodes included the 35th Anniversary hour long special.  His original six part drama series Mother Truckers was developed by ITV and has recently been optioned by the ABC network in Australia. His early work in film includes the screenplay A Bit of Glitter which was developed by Screen Yorkshire and won a Screen England Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

Philip spent Christmas 2009 writing and directing Aladdin starring David Van Day and a crop of Scottish soap stars in Arbroath, Scotland.