Philip Osment

Philip Osment
Dramaturg: Blood, Snookered, Zindabad

Philip Osment has worked as an actor, writer, director and dramaturg with a wide range of companies.  His plays include: This Island’s Mine and The Undertaking for Gay Sweatshop; four plays commissioned by Mike Alfreds for Cambridge Theatre Company and Method and Madness: The Dearly Beloved (Winner of Writers Guild Award for best regional play), What I Did in the Holidays, Flesh and Blood and Buried Alive; Leaving for Quare Hawks Ireland; Collateral Damage devised with Mike Alfreds and students from LAMDA; and a range of plays for children and young people: Who’s Breaking? and Sleeping Dogs for Red Ladder; Listen, Wiseguys, Little Violet (joint winner of the Peggy Ramsey Award) for Theatre Centre; Duck and Of the Terrifying Events on the Hamlin Estate for the Unicorn Theatre.

His radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including Little Violet and adaptations of E. M. Forster’s Maurice and of H G Wells’ The Time Machine.

He directed landmark productions for Gay Sweatshop including Poppies, Compromised Immunity and his own play, This Island’s Mine.  He has also directed for Theatre Centre, Red Ladder, at the National Theatre Studio, The Bristol Old Vic and three productions for Graeae Theatre Company including his own translation of George Dandin.

Other translations include Pedro the Great Pretender by Cervantes for the Royal Shakespeare Company Spanish Golden Age Season and a Romanian play, Kebab, for the Royal Court.

His latest play Fathers Inside was seen at the Soho Theatre in London in 2009 and is to be revived at the Roundhouse Theatre in 2010.

He is currently creating a piece with The Roundhouse Theatre Company and writing a play to be read in schools for Harper Collins.