David Lane is a playwright and dramaturg with ten years’ experience working across professional theatre and higher education. He specialises in new writing development, writing with and for teenagers and designing and leading courses for playwrights in both professional and academic contexts.
David has worked variously as a dramaturg, playwright and lecturer for ten years. He studied Drama at Exeter University, Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College and Writing and Directing at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. He was Head Reader for the Gate Theatre in 2002 before working as the Literary Assistant at Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre until 2004.
He has since worked as a dramaturg on projects with the Exeter Northcott, with writers from Bristol Old Vic and Theatre West, with numerous writers on a freelance basis and at Theatre Royal Bath where he founded and facilitated the Ustinov Writers’ Forum from 2009 before the group’s move to the Tobacco Factory Theatre in 2011.
He is an Associate Artist at the egg Theatre Royal Bath and has had work for young people commissioned by Hackney’s Immediate Theatre (Bloodlines, 2007 and The Road, 2010), Half Moon Young People’s Theatre (Begin / End, national tour 2010 and Meyer-Whitworth nominee; Free, commissioned 2012) and adapted The Odyssey for three youth theatre co-productions at Salisbury Playhouse, Cheltenham Everyman and Sixth Sense in Swindon in 2009. His productions in 2012 included Blood Tie (Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company), I Am England (the egg Young People’s Theatre) and a site-specific promenade heritage piece, Let’s Make History 1965 (Proteus Theatre, Basingstoke).
Away from young company writing, his play Rush was produced by Theatre West in October 2012 and a community pantomime Yee-Yargh! by TBC Players performed in December. He is currently under commission to adapt Simon David Eden’s fantasy novel Animalian for Chichester Festival Theatre, and by the egg for their Shakespeare Festival 2014. He will also be travelling to China in September to write a young company play for students at The British School of Beijing.
In 2008 he was awarded the Michael Meyer Award by the Society of Authors for support in academic writing. He has since written articles on dramaturgy in the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance; his book Contemporary British Drama was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2010 and a feature study on playwright Jim Cartwright is included in Modern British Playwriting: The 1980s by Methuen Drama. He is convenor of Final Projects on the MA Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College and has taught modules in dramaturgy, playwriting and text and performance at Exeter University, City University, Brunel and Sussex.
Other writing credits include Threads (Theatre 503, 2010), One Hundred Per Cent Happy (Bristol Old Vic Ferment, 2010) and the short plays She, Home and Legacy (The Story Project, Ugly Sister Productions 2010/11/12) and Trumpton (Tobacco Factory Theatre, 2011). His play The Eighth Day was shortlisted for the Theatre 503 / Old Vic New Voices Award 2009 and two commissions for rural touring company Forest Forge, Born and The World Outside toured Hampshire in autumn 2011. He is also the part-time coordinator of Theatre Writing South West, which has been supporting and developing new writing in the region since 2004.