About

Brian is a playwright  and scriptwriter originally from Scotland and now based in Bristol. His plays have been performed in London, Bristol, Bath, Liverpool and Manchester. His latest production, TIMELESS,  was performed in London in 2018 (and was planning to tour again in 2020...). 

Brian also writes audio dramas and had an Afternoon Drama THE LOVE TEST on BBC R4 in 2019. It was a Pick of the Week on R4. He also has a two-part audio drama called BABYWALL being made soon by Tempest Productions.

In 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, he completed We Will Not Be Silenced, a series of twelve short monologues written by him about living through the pandemic, all self-filmed by different actors while they were in lockdown. 

  • He was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award in 2017 for his full length play THE SPARE ROOM

  • His play WELCOME TO PARADISE ROAD won Best Script in Festival in 2016 at the Page to Stage Theatre Festival in Liverpool

  • He was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award in 2015 for WELCOME TO PARADISE ROAD

  • He was a winner of the British Theatre Challenge, an international one-act play competition, in 2014 for THE PROPOSITION

Here's a few extracts from reviews of his work:

In a ★★★★★ review London Theatre 1 described TIMELESS as "An absolute treat, tender and strong all in one, and you leave feeling profoundly affected".

In a ★★★★ review Everything Theatre described his writing in TIMELESS as "a masterwork of understated wit and humanity"

In a ★★★★ review of TIMELESS in The UpComing they described his writing as "intelligent, thought-provoking and human".

A reviewer from Liverpool Sound and Vision described WELCOME TO PARADISE ROAD as follows: “the play not only captures the spirit of Pinter, the command of language, the idea of minimalist information and of brutal overtones hiding away in plain sight, it positively revels in them".

 

A reviewer from A Views From the Gods described his play WHISPER as "brilliant... brave..." and said that it "fondly stays with you afterwards".

© 2020 by Brian Coyle

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