John Hill - Biography
I write mostly comedy and this month a play called Lady Tracey was part of Insignificant Theatre's Rough Readings, and another - Public Rights, Ancestral Wrongs - was in the Theatre Breaks Festival of new writing organized by Tiny Dog Productions.
A play called Jersey Tails was also chosen for the Theatre Breaks Festival in February.
I wrote two episodes of a 12-part sitcom called Marshal’s Law - created by Jason Attar and Niall Towl - which is currently being broadcast on Sky channel 200.
A 50-minute version of a play called How Does That Make You Feel? was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award.
A 10-minute version of Jersey Tails was part of Insignificant Theatre's Rough Readings in November, and a two-act black comedy called Chasing Beckett had a one-week run at The London Theatre in October.
In October an extract from a one-hour version of a How Does That Make You Feel? was part of an inaugural scratch night organized by the Accidental Collective at the Marlowe Studio Theatre in Canterbury.
A 30-minute version of this play was long-listed for this year’s Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh award for new drama writing.
In August different versions of How Does That Make You Feel? were part of the Arundel Festival and TheatreLab's Scratch Weekend at the Shaw Theatre in London.
It also won the annual Congleton one-act play festival at the Daneside Theatre in July, and was part of Insignificant Theatre's Rough Readings in June.
I had comedy pieces in Insignificant Theatre’s Speakeasy monologue evenings in August, and Tiny Dog Productions’ Theatre Breaks in March.
My first feature-length screenplay, Blood Match, was long-listed for a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum in 2010.
In 2011 one of my full-length plays, Blackout, was selected for a reading by Script Readers at the Theatre Royal East Stratford and one of my short plays was given a reading by ScriptSpace at The Space.
An extract from one of my plays was part of Artists Anonymous’ Page to Stage readings at the Jacksons Lane Theatre in 2010.
Blackout and Chasing Beckett, had rehearsed readings with Nameless Theatre in its One Night Stand season at the Blue Posts in 2009/10.
In 2008 I was twice a finalist in the Zeitgeist Theatre’s Grand Slam evenings of short plays at the Bedford in south London.
Two sitcoms - Troubleshooters and Monster Biscuits - which were taken on for development by the award-winning Comedy Unit, made it to the finals of the Sitcom Trials at the Soho Theatre in 2007. To read the Fringe Report review click here.
I co-wrote a comedy revue called Cold Turkey, which had runs at the Charles Cryer Theatre and the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.
My first full-length play, Payback, won a new-writing competition at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and was given a three-week run.
“John Hill’s Payback slams the world of middle-class sofa-sitting with more punchlines than the TV sitcoms it is obviously upstaging.” - South London Press.
I am a journalist and travel writer, and write and photograph the travel website DayTripsToEurope.
If I had any free time I’d only waste it.
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