Dan's current list of projects include:
Seeking Isolde (and the Lost Land of Lyonesse) TOURING AUTUMN 2019
The land of Lyonesse is said to have stretched the 21 miles from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, but in the 6th century AD; the time of King Arthur, it sank beneath the waves. Divers have been trying to prove its existence ever since, but their finds have been inconclusive...until now.
Amateur diver Frank has been able to take advantage of unusual tidal patterns, a direct result of climate change, and he has found a jewel that proves Lyonesse was real. He now stands to win a prestigious diving award, as long as he can convince the judges of the jewel’s authenticity and at the same time, dial down his obsession with Lyonesse’s most famous couple; Tristan and Isolde.
For this, he needs to find a child, with a direct bloodline to King Arthur. According to the legend, that child will be able to make the jewel glow and reveal the sounds of Lyonesse. (Spoiler alert: There will be one chosen child in every show to sit with Frank while he sings the final song of Lyonesse!)
What happens when the thing that defines us is taken away? Karl Johnson is a Boxer at the top of his game having recently unified the Middleweight Championship of the World, but events outside of his control dictate that he is forced to quit. He struggles to find a purpose in life and his subsequent mental disintegration brings up a heart breaking past with tragic consequences. Paranoia, anxiety and memory-loss combine so that the route to the truth is not an easy one.
This was performed as a rehearsed reading at The Royal & Derngate, Northampton on June 22nd 2017 . It has since been redrafted and is looking for a producer/company to take it forward. Click the title for pictures.
Hitler In The Attic
Written in response to the Windrush scandal, this is a play about today set in 1965. A black comedy in early development, the first act was performed at The Dapper Sandwich, Northampton on May 3rd 2018 and the 2nd part on July 5th 2018.
A Bump in The Road
Commissioned by a multi-department pathway at University of Northampton, and aimed at 14/15 year-olds, this kicked off Car Crash Careers Day on June 6th 2018. Involving 9 actors, 7 paramedics, 1 ambulance, 4 police officers and a whole fire crew complete with engine, this was a logistical puzzle solved with spectacular results. Click the title for pictures. UPDATE - This has been commissioned to run again in June 2019.
North Sea Sheephead
A political comedy (co-written with Sara Bodinar) set in an aquarium. A new tank is being built and what goes inside is decided by a public vote - what could possibly go wrong! This was premiered at The Dapper Sandwich in Northampton on January 17th 2019.
Seeking Isolde (The Lost World of Lyonesse)
A one-man show (co-written with Sara Bodinar) about a knife salesman turned underwater explorer. Written for children aged 7-11 and their parents, the first part was premiered on February 21st 2019 and is in discussion to be taken up to the Edinburgh festival.
OTHER . . .
Dan has two TV shows in development and is also regularly commissioned for script editing and consultation, journalistic articles (mainly sport and specifically boxing) and works as a mentor with young writers and comedians. He runs a monthly New Writing Night in Northampton every month.
Please contact Dan to commission him for work, collaborate with him, or to produce any of his plays.