ABOUT ME - A PLAYWRIGHT
HELLO! I'm Michael Starr, a Bristol based British Playwright.
I started writing in 2006. Since then, my plays have been performed around the world, from America to the Middle East, across Europe back through to the United Kingdom.
Recently, my only radio play, Leave me Alone!, was produced by BBC Radio 2, and I enjoyed a near sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a debut playscript through my own touring company on it's first ever production.
My full length play Stranded was published to major retail outlets in book form, and was even adapted into Japanese text.
Two of my plays were performed in Qatar and Saudi Arabia!
The majority of my playscripts are dark humoured and often farcical. Most of my plays require only single or minimal blackbox staging and my licencing fees are extremely competitive (only a few dollars/pounds per performance!) These factors I believe make them perfectly suited to festival, school and/or community theatre productions on a tight budget.
I keep my royalty prices low as I self publish through my own marketplace. I'm always happy to connect with creative people in the local area and I like to help where I can with local companies.
Oh, I'm also a theatre critic for Remotegoat and a script adjudicator for the annual Australian Short n' Sweet Festival.
MY TOURING THEATRE COMPANY - THE FRINGE FILES
The Fringe Files are a theatre touring company I formed in early 2011. The Fringe Files act as a test vehicle for some of my new material exclusively. Our first production was the premiere of my one act noir parody The Curse of Miss Fortune. In the Autumn of 2011 we toured The Curse of Miss Fortune, stopping off at Bristol, London and a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2012, The Fringe Files will be producing a re-drafted version of my whodunit parody The Cook Did It! I'll be sure to post details of that nearer the time.
The Fringe Files are very fortunate to have a collective of wonderful people, but we're always happy to hear from local folk keen to join the adventure and expand their horizons. Please do get in touch if you'd like to get involved!
SCRIPTS MARKETPLACE - PRODUCTION SCRIPTS
In 2009, I set-up Production Scripts, a leading marketplace for digital download theatre and radio scripts. All of my playscripts are listed exclusively through Production Scripts and they handle all of my licencing accordingly. It’s a bit like a bargain bucket where you’ll often stumble across some marvellous plays for a very reasonable price. The instant downloads and licencing makes it a must have bookmark. Production Scripts can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. However, that said, you should really consider my plays first!
I actively encourage other playwrights to check out this service!
SOME OF MY CONTACT LINKS
A small rural village train station plays host to an unlikely gathering of local community folk and nearby festival attendees as yet another train delays ensues.
A pushy aggressive telephone salesman cold calls Mr Grayson in the hope of clinching a life insurance policy sale, but just how far will he go to seal the deal?
The struggles of two Belgian soliders on the front line and their girlfriends back home during the Great War as their country bravely halts the German advance.
A hotel with a murderous past. A local amateur detective keen to solve the mysteries. Lots of blood and gore. Absolutely everybody is a suspect, except the cook.
Members of a small theatre group are rehearsing in preparation for a festival show tomorrow, but will the mixture of individual egos and pressure ruin the production?
A group of young superheroes are in training at the academy, but there is a dark force amongst them. Where is this dark force coming from, and why?
Jonas and Norma are having financial difficulties. A stranger by the name of Miss Fortune offers Jonas a piggy bank that pays out coins, but at what cost?
It’s Christmas Eve and Lapland is busy making toys. However, a health and safety inspector arrives unannounced and threatens to shut down Lapland altogether.