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Richard Shannon

Visiting Lecturer

Email: richardmashannon at gmail dot com
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Richard Shannon is a playwright, director and lecturer, working mainly in theatre and radio. His credits as a writer include:

  • Sabbat (the story of the Pendle witches) produced in 2012 by the Dukes theatre, Lancaster and published by Oberon Modern Plays.
  • The Lady of Burma – the story of Aung San Suu Kyi which premiered at the Old Vic in London and went on to the Edinburgh Festival 2007, ran in London at the Riverside Studios and toured nationally. The play is published by Oberon Modern Plays and has been performed in Poland, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ireland and Norway.

His other work includes:

  • All Our Hellos and Goodbyes which starred Julian Glover as John Betjeman
  • Olympic Dreamer – the story of Dr William Penny Brookes
  • Stargazer – a play for children, produced by Polka Theatre in London and the USA

Richard was Associate Director (New Work) at Polka Theatre for ten years. His productions at Polka include: Shouting, Stamping, Singing Home by Lisa Evans. Richard was also one of the founding directors of Independent Radio Drama Productions. His directing credits include:

  • Saddam's Arms by Simon Beaufoy starring Nerys Hughes
  • No Boy’s Cricket Club by Roy Williams starring Donna Croll
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Edward Petherbridge as Sherlock Holmes.
  • In 2005 he directed Chuwudubelu, Preserved of God by Justin Butcher starring Ben Okafor, for BBC Radio 4.

Richard also works as a visiting lecturer in radio drama and production at Goldsmiths College, University of London, teaches playwriting at the University of Warwick and the University of East London, and drama at Newham College in Stratford, London.


Undergraduate modules

TH219 Writing for Theatre and Performance (with Silvija Jestrovic)