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Chris Thompson


“Thompson can write moments so tender and raw they make the audience gasp.” The Sunday Times

Chris Thompson is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. His plays include ‘Of Kith and Kin’ (Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, directed by Robert Hastie), ‘Albion’ (Bush Theatre, directed by Ria Parry) and ‘Carthage’ (Finborough Theatre).
Upcoming feature films: ‘Burn’ for Popcorn Films, ‘Polly’ starring Alan Cumming, dir. Douglas Keeve. ‘Man and Fire’ for Minor Apocalypse. ’The Cellist’ for Midnight Choir.
His award winning play ‘Burn’ was postponed due to covid but details of production will be announced soon.
Chris is an alumni of the 2018 Channel 4 Screenwriting Course. He currently has several original TV series in development with BBC Studios, Euston Film and TV, Fearless Minds and Clapperboard TV.
His play Carthage won the Pearson Playwriting Award and was nominated for Best New Play and Most Promising New Playwright in the OFFIE awards. The play extended its run and garnered critical acclaim.
His play Albion won plaudits for its bold, hard hitting depiction of the far right on karaoke night and Of Kith and Kin was celebrated for its gripping portrayal of gay surrogacy, leading it to be described as “a triumph” and “possibly the best British gay themed play since My Night with Reg.”
Chris has been commissioned by the National Theatre (UK), The Royal Court Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and the National Theatre of Peru. He was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre in 2014.
He has led several of the writers groups at The Royal Court Theatre as well as the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group.
In his previous career Chris was a social worker and over the course of twelve years worked in child protection, youth offending and young people’s sexual health.