Adult theatre plays
Catcher - A drama that explores the fatal attraction of fame and obsession. Set the night before Mark Chapman shot John Lennon, and told through the eyes of escort that Mark Chapman called to his room to talk, the play explores the fatal attraction of fame and obsession
Age/Sex/Location? - (European Theatre Convention Award 2004), - This play dives headlong into the world of chat rooms where users can decide to tell the truth .... or not and a new identity or a fresh personality are a click away
Killing Camilla - A short two-hander comedy piece. A Princess Diana-obsessed brother and sister attempt to save the monarchy from its own excesses by kidnapping and murder
Casualties - A short two-hander comedy piece. A middle aged couple fall foul of their commitment to casual relationships
Bedevilled - Adult black comedy exploring the notorious, true, unsolved Victorian murder of Charles Bravo. The play probes the private lives and public faces, uncovering jealousy, lies, addictions, obsession, sex and money
Boys’ Stuff - Black comedy drama exploring the subject of fertility from the male perspective
Adopt a Soldier- A satirical theatre piece that imagines what would happen if we supported our solidiers in the same way as we vote for the next west end musical star or our idols in celebrity ballroom dancing competitions
Some Like it Hotter - A play with music that reunites funny-man Jack Lemmon, heart-throb Tony Curtis and the incomparable Marilyn Monroe. This fast moving, fantasy comedy whisks the three screen icons back to their most beautiful, sexy and hilarious selves. With daring dialogue, razor-sharp wisecracks and sparkling musical numbers, the trio are as hot as ever.
Plays for children and young people
Jack & Daniel’s Comedy Guide to Girls - A short comedy where two boys and a girl play out a moment in their real lives as though they were part of a stand-up comedy act playing to a live audience.
What Light - A drama for young people set in the world of 2061 where there is no school, no shops, no internet and no way out of a life filled with fear and hate. The play explores environmental issues and the consequences of the actions we are all taking right now .
Jack & the Clones of Chaos - An imaginative play for ages 8+ that captures the thrills and possibilities of growing up through the eyes of 13-year-old Jack. His bedroom is invaded by the Clones of Chaos, each of them a physical expression of a facet of his developing character as he takes the mysterious first steps towards adulthood.
Suitcase City - Based on real-life stories, this play for 10-16 yr olds provides a dynamic focus for exploring community, prejudice, cohesion and identity through the personal journeys of 4 very different characters
Eyecatcher - Powerful, visual and thought-provoking , this play for young people tells the story of Perseus and Medusa from the point of view of her sisters, the Graeae
Battina & the Moon - A magical fantasy about a girl who wants to be a bat, this enchanting play is aimed at 3-7 yr olds
Chameleon - An adventure in the world of art for 5 - 10 yr olds in the company of Velasquez' Spanish Infanta and Picasso's daughter Maya
Little Father - Drama for 10-14 yr olds inspired by the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution, as experienced by Alexei, the thirteen year old heir to the Russian throne
Peach Boy - Outdoor promenade adaptation of the traditional Japanese folk tale. Magical puppets and masked spirits abound as the audience follows the whacky adventures of Momotaro, the superhero born from a Peach.
Beauty and the Beast - Adaptation of the classic fairy tale for 5 - 11 yr olds
Gorbelly - An exciting adaptation of the King Lear story, set in the family restaurant of Mr Gorbelly, the best and most famous chef in the country. for 8 - 13 yr olds
Dark Age - A play for young people about conflict and survival in a world where the power supply has run out and electricity is but a myth.
iShandy (Tristram Shandy) - Very loosely based on The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne, this adaptation is absurd, saucy and surreal
Moby Dick (MEN Theatre Awards Best Touring Production Nominee 2006) - An intense and powerful adaptation of Herman Melville's tale of Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of the great white whale.
Frankenstein - An adaptation of Mary Shelly's famous gothic novel
Macbeth - An pacey adaptation of Shakespeare's play that rattles along in under two hours. The adaptation's focus is on on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship, showing what happens when trust goes out the window and natural order is disturbed.
The Canterbury Tales - An adaptation of the Miller's Tale for MagicNet, a collaborative european arts project
The Odyssey - A collaboration between 14 writers from 12 european countries that resulted in a new adaptation of the Greek myth
The Three Musketeers - A classic adaptation of the great adventure story by Alexandre Dumas
Youth theatre and community pieces
20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield - An eclectic compilation of 20 5-minute plays, written by 20 writers (including one by Richard Hurford), full of dramatic, quirky and surprising perceptions of Sheffield in the 21st Century
Lives in Art, Confessions of a City - A large-scale community play commissioned to celebrate Sheffield's renowned Crucible Theatre's 40th birthday. The play posits a grim alternative reality in which creativity has been banned and the Crucible condemned. But as stories unfold, music soars and memories come rushing back, the magic proves unstoppable.
The Keys to the Kingdom - A site-specific youth theatre play set in the Museum Gardens in York. It explores the night-time secrets of the city centre gardens.
Secret Solstice - A youth theatre play for a cast of up to 30 that brings to life 8 solar legends that explain the origins of the sun
Hourglass - A play for young people inspired by the Great East Window in York's Minster, focusing on the apocalyptic prophecies of the Book of Revelations
Like a Fish out of Water (Gold Medal for Exceptional Achievement, World Stage Design Awards 2013), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La1J6UhcycM
Atalanta (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) http://www.sevensistersgroup.com/seven_sisters_group/Projects/Pages/Atalanta_%282010%29.html
The King of Sootland - In the early days of Queen Victoria's reign, a boy and a teenage girl - who he assumes to be a new maidservant but is in fact the young Victoria - go on an adventure through the chimneys of Buckingham Palace
The Nature of the Beast - In the middle of a besieged city, a zoo faces a death sentence. As the enemy closes in Nat has orders to destroy the few remaining animals, but when they begin to speak to him, can he bring himself to do it?
How I Wonder What You Are? - When Alison comes home to find an empty house and all the star charts gone, she knows her husband Neil has left for Egypt on the trail of a desperate obsession. As she journeys down the Nile in pursuit, she is forced to confront emotions that she has buried for the past year, but will she find Neil in time?
Richard Hurford is an award winning theatre, radio and multi-media performance playwright and dramaturg whose work has been produced throughout the UK and Europe.
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