Mr Shaun McCarthy

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About me

Shaun McCarthy currently has three main strands to his work.

  • Senior lecturer, part-time ,at UWE, Frenchay campus, teaching script writing modules on the BA in Creative and Professional Writing that he co-authored for the university. He has been at UWE for five years.
  • Tutor, part-time, Oxford University (Dept of Continuing Education). Shaun has run a wide range of courses for Oxford University over the last 15 years: units on the Under Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing, various masterclasses, summer schools and short run theatre writing projects. He has co-authored the new International Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing for the department.
  • Playwright and Producer, Hooligan Theatre Productions (Bristol UK and Gesualdo Italy). Shaun created this small company to develop and co-produce his new plays for stage. We are currently working on new wiring projects in London and Gesualdo Italy with co-producing theatre companies and partners.

Current theatre projects

  • 'The Blow That Never Fell', an immersive site-specific promenade production with music for castello Gesualdo, Campania, Italy, with director/ composer Felix Cross (UK) and a range of producing and creative partners in Italy.
  • 'Able Archer CPX' currently with the new writing department of The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
  • 'Julie and Johnny', a reset of Stringberg's Miss Julie to Bristol 1963, being developed by Hooligan Theatre Productions with partners.

Past creative work

Shaun was a published poet while still doing his first degree. He went on to publish four collections of poetry before switching to writing plays for stage and radio, after several long conversations with Nobel prize-winning poet Derek Walcott. Shaun has had 13 stage plays professionally produced (including three produced at Bristol Old Vic, two developed at Tobacco Factory Bristol and two at the Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal). His plays have toured and been nominated for awards. He has had drama series and Saturday Playhouse productions produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 4.

Other posts, awards and commissions

Shaun has been a Royal Literary Fellow, a Hawthornden Writing Fellow, has been a visiting lecturer and examiner at Geneva, Strasbourg and Luxembourg HE institutions and universities. He has been a theatre assessor for Arts Council England. He has taught script writing at Bristol Universities.

Through the 1980s and 90s Shaun held almost 20 writer in residence, community artist and arts project leader posts in a wide range of settings, communities and institutions across the UK. He has worked to encourage creative writing and performance in prisons, secure mental health facilities, bail and homeless hostels, state and public schools; and in communities as diverse as Walsall, Derry NI, Ilfracombe and Stratford on Avon.

Area of expertise

Writing for performance. Direction of stage drama. Theatre assessor for Arts Council England. Arts media journalism.


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