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John Foster - Playwright

What is one of your favorite memories?   Writing a novel one blistering hot summer in the back garden garage full of wasps and spiders and sweating walls.

Describe yourself in max three words.   Intense.  Contrary.  Dreamer.

What is a sound you love?   Bob Dylan.

Who was your hero when you were a child?   Denis the Menace.

You are an artist because….  Of Lady Muse.  She won't let me alone.  Writing is a compulsion, whenever I try to stop there is this pull to create stories.  It is like some weird illness.

BAFTA award winning, OFFIE-nominated British playwright and screenwriter John Foster has had his plays produced in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Malmö, London and on tour in the UK. Feeling passionate about writing for theatre, he is attracted to mostly dark subjects, crime and suspense. Notable among John’s writing are for example his free adaptation of “Frankenstein”, the touring production of “Shot at Dawn”, “Chummy” - performed at the White Bear Theatre, London- receiving four OFFIE nominations, including ‘Best New Play’ and his award-winning play RIDE!. John has written for children's drama, single plays and dramatised documentaries for television, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC “Omnibus” episode on US crime writer Raymond Chandler. He scripted the Patrick Swayze movie “Letters from a Killer” and is contributor to the award-winning crime fiction collection “Mean Time”. Screenwriting credits include episodes for award-winning British TV series such as “Z-Cars”, “Crown Court”, “Spytrap”, “Emmerdale”, “The Practice” (series creator), “Rockliffe”,“The Bill”, and  international TV such as “Die Wache” (Germany), “Luifel & Luifel” (Netherlands).

With “No Exit - reloaded” a remake of Jean-Paul Sartrés famous play, John provided the official opening play for House of International Theatre (HIT) in 2017. The current production of “HAP” is his one and only comedy, which premiered in Hamburg in 2021 with follow up performances in Malmö.


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