Stephen is an award-winning playwright, who has had four stage plays produced and three radio plays recorded.

His play Going Down won the 2006 Valley Theatre Company New Writing Award and was performed at the St. James Arts Centre, Scarborough in February 2007.

His play In the Shadows was performed by First Draft Theatre at the Kings Head Theatre, Islington, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, and the Inn on the Green, Ladbroke Grove in June 2007.

His second play for First Draft Theatre, Thorney Island, was performed at the Barons Court Theatre and the Abbey Centre, Westminster in July 2008.

In 2007, Stephen was selected as one of four writers for a Writer Development Programme with playwright and dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly organised by the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and funded by the Arts Council of Wales. His playThe Remnants of Once Fine Girls was workshopped by director Gilly Adams and a professional cast and had a public rehearsed reading in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio in February 2008 as part of the first Travelling Light New Writing Festival.

The Remnants of Once Fine Girls had its first professional production (by Louche Theatre) at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio in May 2009 and was subsequently performed at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth in June 2009. A revised version of the play had a second professional production in August 2010 (also by Louche Theatre), previewing at the Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth, before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His radio play Proud Songster was one of four winners of Channel 4’s The Radio Play’s The Thing competition. Proud Songster was recorded in May 2008 by Sony Radio Award-winning producer John Dryden and Oscar-nominated New Zealand director Andrew Foster.

Stephen has also written two short radio plays, Exposure and Pitter Patter, for the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company, which were broadcast on Hayes FM in November 2007.

The Remnants of Once Fine Girls was one of six plays analysed by Christine Schlote (Department of English, University of Zurich) in her paper “A Different Theatre of War: Humanitarian Aid on British Stages”, which explored the representation of humanitarian aid workers in contemporary theatre. The other plays studied were: Richard Bean’s On the Side of Angels, David Edgar’s The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Stella Feehily’s Bang Bang Bang, Abi Morgan’s The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn and Colin Teevan’s The Lion of Kabul.

This paper was originally presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (in 2011) and was republished in Ethical Debates in Contemporary Theatre and Drama. Contemporary Drama in English, Ed. Bernhard Reitz and Mark Berninger, Trier: WVT, 2012. 121-135.

Stephen has a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

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