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Michael Wynne

Writer

Wynne wrote his first play The Knocky in his final year at University. It was produced by the Royal Court Theatre, taken on tour and subsequently performed at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. It won the Meyer Whitworth Award, Best New Talent – Liverpool Echo Arts Awards and he was nominated as Best New Writer by the Writers Guild. Wynne has had six plays produced by the Royal Court – The KnockyThe People Are FriendlyThe PrioryThe Red FlagFriday Night Sex (co-written and directed with Alecky Blythe) and Who Cares. The Priory won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. He has worked with four Royal Court artistic directors – Steven Daldry, Ian Rickson, Dominic Cooke and Vicky Featherstone.

Other plays include Sell Out and Dirty Wonderland for Frantic AssemblyThe Boy Who Left Home for Actors Touring Company/Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. Tits/Teeth for the National Youth Theatre and Soho Theatre. Canvas for the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Wynne wrote Too Cold For Snow For Prada at the Prada Foundation in Milan. It starred Cillian Murphy, Kelly Reilly, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hans Matheson, Paul Fox and was directed by Vicky Featherstone. He took part in the very first 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic Theatre and wrote Cuba which starred Penelope Wilton, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Susan Lynch and closed the night. He wrote and directed the play/film Collider about CERN, The Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson for the Science Museum, London and subsequent world tour.

Wynne wrote Hope Place for the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. It was the first new play to be performed in the newly rebuilt Everyman Theatre and is the Everyman Theatre’s best selling new play to date. He also wrote The Star for the Liverpool Playhouse, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Playhouse Theatre which was originally The Star Music Hall.

Wynne co-wrote the film My Summer of Love (in collaboration with Pawel Pawlikowski) which starred Emily Blunt and Natalie Press. It won the BAFTA for Best British Film and Best Screenplay – Evening Standard Awards.

He has written extensively for television including Where The Heart IsGraftersAs IfSugar Rush and Eyes Down. He wrote the film Lapland for BBC1 and was shown on Christmas Eve in 2011 as part of the BBC1 Christmas schedule. It starred Sue Johnston, Steven Graham, Elizabeth Berrington, Julie Graham, William Ash and Zawe Ashton. He subsequently wrote the six part spin off series Being Eileen for BBC1.

He wrote The Daltons/Little Crackers starring Sheridan Smith about Sheridan’s childhood for Sky Tv.

He is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Sheffield Crucible.

Wynne’s plays are published by Faber and Faber.

Wynne has been writer on attachment at the Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre. He has led many playwriting groups and workshops, both nationally and internationally – Mexico, Ghana, Australia, United States (UCLA and Stanford). He was the Senior Playwright Tutor on the MA Creative Writing: Playwriting at Salford University working with students and writers from the Liverpool Everyman, Manchester Royal Exchange and Bolton Octagon.

Credits

TELEVISION
Date: 2013
Production (role):
BEING EILEEN (creator)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Original series based on LAPLAND.
Starring Sue Johnston
Date: 2011
Production (role):
LAPLAND
Company:
BBC
Project details:
TV movie
Date: 2011
Production (role):
LITTLE CRACKERS: THE DALTONS
Company:
Lovely Day
Project details:
Starring Sheridan Smith
Date: 2008-9
Production (role):
EASTENDERS
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Episodes
Date: 2006
Production (role):
THE GIL MAYO MYSTERIES
Company:
BBC
Project details:
2 episodes
Date: 2005
Production (role):
SUGUR RUSH
Company:
Shine/C4
Project details:
1 episode
Date: 2004
Production (role):
EYES DOWN
Company:
BBC
Project details:
3 episodes
Date: 1998
Production (role):
GRAFTERS
Company:
Coastal Productions
Project details:
1 episode
Date: 1998
Production (role):
WHERE THE HEART IS
Company:
ITV
Project details:
1 episode
THEATRE
Date: 2015
Production (role):
WHO CARES
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Sell-out run
Promenade theatre
Date: 2014
Production (role):
HOPE PLACE
Company:
Liverpool Everyman
Project details:
First original production to be staged in their new theatre
Date: 2013
Production (role):
HADRON COLLIDER PROJECT
Company:
NISSEN RICHARDS STUDIO
Project details:
Special commission for the National Science Museum.
Date: 2012
Production (role):
CANVAS
Company:
Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Date: 2010
Production (role):
ROUGH CUTS
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Date: 2009
Production (role):
THE PRIORY
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Sell-out run
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
Date: 2009
Production (role):
TITS/TEETH
Company:
Soho Theatre
Date: 2005
Production (role):
DIRTY WONDERLAND
Company:
Frantic Assembly
Project details:
Site specific project
Date: 2002
Production (role):
THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Date: 2000
Production (role):
THE BOY WHO LEFT HOME
Company:
Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
Date: 1999
Production (role):
SELL OUT
Company:
Frantic Assembly
Project details:
Time Out Best Off-West End Production Award winner
Date: 1997
Production (role):
TOO COLD FOR SNOW
Company:
The Prada Foundation
Project details:
Performed as part of Fashion week in Milan 1999.
Date: 1995
Production (role):
THE KNOCKY
Company:
Royal Court Theatre
Project details:
Meyer Whiitworth Prize winning play
Subsequently performed at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre
IN DEVELOPMENT
Date: 2016
Production (role):
BANK OF DAVE - THE MUSICAL
Company:
Various Productions
Date: 2016
Production (role):
STANDING AT SKY'S EDGE
Company:
Sheffield Crucible
Date: 2016
Production (role):
THEATRE PROJECT
Company:
National Theatre

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): BEING EILEEN (creator)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Original series based on LAPLAND.
    Starring Sue Johnston
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): LAPLAND
    Company: BBC
    Project details: TV movie
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): LITTLE CRACKERS: THE DALTONS
    Company: Lovely Day
    Project details: Starring Sheridan Smith
  • Date: 2008-9
    Production (role): EASTENDERS
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Episodes
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): THE GIL MAYO MYSTERIES
    Company: BBC
    Project details: 2 episodes
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): SUGUR RUSH
    Company: Shine/C4
    Project details: 1 episode
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): EYES DOWN
    Company: BBC
    Project details: 3 episodes
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): GRAFTERS
    Company: Coastal Productions
    Project details: 1 episode
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): WHERE THE HEART IS
    Company: ITV
    Project details: 1 episode
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): WHO CARES
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Sell-out run
    Promenade theatre
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): HOPE PLACE
    Company: Liverpool Everyman
    Project details: First original production to be staged in their new theatre
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): HADRON COLLIDER PROJECT
    Company: NISSEN RICHARDS STUDIO
    Project details: Special commission for the National Science Museum.
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): CANVAS
    Company: Minerva Theatre, Chichester
    Project details:
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): ROUGH CUTS
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): THE PRIORY
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Sell-out run
    Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): TITS/TEETH
    Company: Soho Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): DIRTY WONDERLAND
    Company: Frantic Assembly
    Project details: Site specific project
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2000
    Production (role): THE BOY WHO LEFT HOME
    Company: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
    Project details:
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): SELL OUT
    Company: Frantic Assembly
    Project details: Time Out Best Off-West End Production Award winner
  • Date: 1997
    Production (role): TOO COLD FOR SNOW
    Company: The Prada Foundation
    Project details: Performed as part of Fashion week in Milan 1999.
  • Date: 1995
    Production (role): THE KNOCKY
    Company: Royal Court Theatre
    Project details: Meyer Whiitworth Prize winning play
    Subsequently performed at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): BANK OF DAVE - THE MUSICAL
    Company: Various Productions
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): STANDING AT SKY'S EDGE
    Company: Sheffield Crucible
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): THEATRE PROJECT
    Company: National Theatre