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Rob Young

Writer

Rob Young is an award-winning writer. He went full-time professional in 1998 and has been commissioned to write for many of the UK’s biggest TV, film and theatre companies. Rob wrote the first online play for the RSC and Google: ‘Midsummer Nights Dreaming’ appeared on 25 million tweets, trended 4th in the world and won two Lovie Awards. His feature film, ‘Miranda’, starred Christina Ricci and won the Audience Award (main prize) at London’s Raindance Film Festival. He has since been commissioned to write original scripts for the BBC, Channel 4, Filmfour, Radio 4, Working Title, Sony, Carlton, Endemol, Touchpaper, Helkon, Kudos, Ruby, Baby Cow, Soho Theatre and The National Theatre. His adaptation of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning novella, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, won the Award for Artistic Excellence at England’s biggest arts festival. He has written 12 plays for the stage that received kind reviews in the broadsheets.

A fascinating playwright”, The Times.

He has an unnatural way with small lethal details that tell entire stories”, Evening Standard.

Rob has written over 2,000 six-page script reports to encourage fledgling writers and was a BAFTA Screenplay Judge. He studied theatre design at Wimbledon was commissioned to produce a touring exhibition for the Olympics. As an expedition photographer, Rob was sent on assignments to Chile, Tanzania and Pakistan.

Rob is currently Writer-in-Residence on the Chatham Placemaking Project (a £4m Government initiative) and also Writer in Residence at The University of Sunderland. His two new works (‘A Play About Sex’ and ‘A Play About Death’) are being read at the Sunderland Festival of Literature this Autumn.

Rob is Special Projects Producer for the multi award-winning theatre company, Ridiculusmus. Recent achievements include negotiating a residency at the RSC and a three-book deal with Oberon.

Rob is also a Faculty Associate of NHS Research and Development NW, where he is working on a number of projects including the yearlong initiative, The Academy of Creative Minds. He will be presenting at their September confrerence.

Rob is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Researcher, a new digital magazine for the NHS. The launch issue was published in 2016.

Rob is currently writing an animated short, ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’, for Opera North in collaboration with the South Bank Centre.  His short films are currently showing on Chatham’s Big Screen, until the end of Summer.  Rob’s one-woman-show, ‘The Amy Johnson Fan Club’, premiered at Kardomah94 at the end of July, as part of the Amy Johnson Festival (a prelude to Hull’s City of Culture celebrations).  Rob is a Senior Script Reader for New Writing South and a mentor for Apples and Snakes, the UK’s leading spoken word organisation.

 

Credits

SCREEN
Production (role):
MIRANDA
Project details:
Starring Christina Ricci, John Simm, Kyle MacLachlan and John Hurt

Winner of Audience Award (Main Prize) at London’s Raindance Film Festival

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

View Trailer

Production (role):
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAMING
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company / Google
Project details:
Series of short films

Winner of two Lovie Awards (Internet Oscars)

View
Production (role):
THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS
Company:
Aardman / Sony Animated Feature
Project details:
Commissioned to write scenes
Production (role):
DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
Company:
Opera North / South Bank Centre
Project details:
Animated short
Production (role):
THESE ARE OUR STREETS – 2016
Company:
Chatham Placemaking Project
Project details:
Series of short films

View
Production (role):
IT MIGHT BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
Company:
BBC 2
Project details:
Documentary about leading theatre critics trying their hand at directing. Rob Young’s play ‘The Shoe Shop of Desire’, directed by Times Critic, James Christopher.
Production (role):
EX
Company:
Working Title Films
Project details:
Screenplay, based on original stage musical of the same name
Production (role):
THE CREAM TEAM
Company:
Channel 4 / Touchpaper TV
Project details:
Sit-com screenplay
Production (role):
VICTIM SUPPORT
Company:
Sponsored by Screen South
Project details:
Original screenplay for 60’ drama pilot
Production (role):
THE BIG DECISION (Co-Writer)
Company:
Sony / Touchpaper TV
Project details:
Screenplay for comedy pilot series

Co-written with Kevin Eldon
Production (role):
PLANET THANET
Company:
RDF / Touchpaper TV
Project details:
Sit-com pilot screenplay
Production (role):
MANNY
Company:
Baby Cow / BBC 1
Project details:
Commissioned to write 1st episode of original series
Production (role):
LIFE
Company:
Sony International Pictures Television
Project details:
Commissioned to write 1st episode of original series
Production (role):
A-Z OF EVERYTHING
Company:
Helicon Pictures
Project details:
Screenplay for children’s television series
Production (role):
THE LIFE OF RILEY
Company:
Stormy Pictures / BBC
Project details:
Commissioned to write three 60′ episodes of original drama series
Production (role):
FAT DOCTOR
Company:
Carlton / Touchpaper TV / BBC
Project details:
Comedy drama screenplay
Production (role):
YOUNG BLOODS
Company:
BBC / Touchpaper / Wellcome Institute
Project details:
Commissioned to write pilot for costume drama
Production (role):
SOPHIE THE TROPHY
Company:
Curious Films / KST
Project details:
Screenplay
Production (role):
FOOD FIGHT
Company:
9 Fish Productions
Project details:
Feature film re-write
Production (role):
STUPID CUPID
Company:
Scorpio Films
Project details:
Screenplay adaptation of the Arabella Weir novel
Production (role):
ENTER THE WELSH DRAGON
Company:
Ruby Films / Helkon
Project details:
Screenplay
Production (role):
VULTURES
Company:
Hero Films / BBC Films
Production (role):
QUAZZY
Company:
Feelgood Fiction / Film Four
Production (role):
NAMEDROPPER
Company:
Scarlet Pictures / Film Four
Project details:
Screenplay adaptation of the Emma Forest novel
Production (role):
MR. FORGETTABLE
Project details:
Short film
Production (role):
MY SKY IS BIG
Company:
Ruby Films
Project details:
Short film, shown at National Film Theatre

Dir. Lisa Goldman
Production (role):
LIFE GOES ON (Co-Writer)
Company:
Fool Hardy Films / Screen South / Film Council
Project details:
Co-wrote short animated film

BAFTA Longlist
Production (role):
E-MALE
Company:
ARTE / Sweet Child Films for French & German TV
Project details:
Short film commissioned
THEATRE
Production (role):
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAMING
Company:
Royal Shakespeare Company / Google
Project details:
First online play

Project featured on 25 million tweets, trended 4th in the world and won two Lovie Awards (Internet Oscars)
Production (role):
EX
Company:
Soho Theare / BAC Opera Festival / Working Title Films
Project details:
Screenplay commissioned by Working Title Films


Sell out run
Production (role):
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
Project details:
An adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning novella for the stage

Performed in a remote bay in Cornwall, with the audience ferried in on local fishing boats, and on a full-size galleon. Transferred to Arcola theatre / Riverside Studios. Headlined the world’s first Literature Festival of the Sea in Southend

Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence at the England’s biggest Festival
Production (role):
THE SHOE SHOP OF DESIRE
Company:
National Theatre / Nottingham Playhouse / The Comedy Store Players
Project details:
Commissioned

Workshopped at The Nottingham Playhouse with Stephen Mangan and George Costigan

Production at the BAC as part of the Critics Up For Review Season, subject of a BBC 2 Documentary
Production (role):
CARBON MIRANDA
Company:
Southwark Playhouse / Filmgoer / Feelgood Fiction
Project details:
Screenplay commissioned
Production (role):
SUICIDE AND MANIPULATION
Company:
Finborough
Production (role):
TANGO ‘TIL YOU’RE SORE
Company:
Finborough Theatre / Sweet Child Films
Project details:
Screenplay commissioned
Production (role):
THE BIG 4 OH
Company:
Young Vic
Production (role):
CRUSH

Company:
Finborough Theatre
Production (role):
THE MAN WITH THE ABSURDLY LARGE PENIS
Company:
Young Vic
Project details:
Sold-out
Production (role):
AFFAIRS

Company:
Camden People’s Theatre
Production (role):
SURFING
Company:
BAC / Finborough / Assembly Rooms Edinburgh / Sweet Child Films
Project details:
Screenplay commissioned

Time Out Critics’ Choice
Production (role):
7
Company:
Pleasance
Production (role):
MY SKY IS BIG (Co-Creator)
Company:
BAC / Tooting Tram & Social
Project details:
Co-created with Vanessa Earl

Film version shown at National Film Theatre
Production (role):
OBSESSION
Company:
Etcetera Theatre / BAC
Project details:
Time Out Critics’ Choice
Production (role):
STALLIONS
Company:
Soho Theatre
Project details:
Commissioned

Rehearsed Reading at Soho, with Sally Hawkins and Mat Fraser
Production (role):
EX – THE PLAY
Company:
White Bear / Old Red Lion / BAC
Project details:
Runner-up as Best New Play in London , London Writers Competition
Production (role):
60 SECONDS TO ONE HOUR
Company:
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Project details:
Text for dance piece

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): MIRANDA
    Company:
    Project details: Starring Christina Ricci, John Simm, Kyle MacLachlan and John Hurt

    Winner of Audience Award (Main Prize) at London’s Raindance Film Festival

    Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

    View Trailer

  • Production (role): MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAMING
    Company: Royal Shakespeare Company / Google
    Project details: Series of short films

    Winner of two Lovie Awards (Internet Oscars)

    View
  • Production (role): THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS
    Company: Aardman / Sony Animated Feature
    Project details: Commissioned to write scenes
  • Production (role): DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
    Company: Opera North / South Bank Centre
    Project details: Animated short
  • Production (role): THESE ARE OUR STREETS – 2016
    Company: Chatham Placemaking Project
    Project details: Series of short films

    View
  • Production (role): IT MIGHT BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT
    Company: BBC 2
    Project details: Documentary about leading theatre critics trying their hand at directing. Rob Young’s play ‘The Shoe Shop of Desire’, directed by Times Critic, James Christopher.
  • Production (role): EX
    Company: Working Title Films
    Project details: Screenplay, based on original stage musical of the same name
  • Production (role): THE CREAM TEAM
    Company: Channel 4 / Touchpaper TV
    Project details: Sit-com screenplay
  • Production (role): VICTIM SUPPORT
    Company: Sponsored by Screen South
    Project details: Original screenplay for 60’ drama pilot
  • Production (role): THE BIG DECISION (Co-Writer)
    Company: Sony / Touchpaper TV
    Project details: Screenplay for comedy pilot series

    Co-written with Kevin Eldon
  • Production (role): PLANET THANET
    Company: RDF / Touchpaper TV
    Project details: Sit-com pilot screenplay
  • Production (role): MANNY
    Company: Baby Cow / BBC 1
    Project details: Commissioned to write 1st episode of original series
  • Production (role): LIFE
    Company: Sony International Pictures Television
    Project details: Commissioned to write 1st episode of original series
  • Production (role): A-Z OF EVERYTHING
    Company: Helicon Pictures
    Project details: Screenplay for children’s television series
  • Production (role): THE LIFE OF RILEY
    Company: Stormy Pictures / BBC
    Project details: Commissioned to write three 60′ episodes of original drama series
  • Production (role): FAT DOCTOR
    Company: Carlton / Touchpaper TV / BBC
    Project details: Comedy drama screenplay
  • Production (role): YOUNG BLOODS
    Company: BBC / Touchpaper / Wellcome Institute
    Project details: Commissioned to write pilot for costume drama
  • Production (role): SOPHIE THE TROPHY
    Company: Curious Films / KST
    Project details: Screenplay
  • Production (role): FOOD FIGHT
    Company: 9 Fish Productions
    Project details: Feature film re-write
  • Production (role): STUPID CUPID
    Company: Scorpio Films
    Project details: Screenplay adaptation of the Arabella Weir novel
  • Production (role): ENTER THE WELSH DRAGON
    Company: Ruby Films / Helkon
    Project details: Screenplay
  • Production (role): VULTURES
    Company: Hero Films / BBC Films
    Project details:
  • Production (role): QUAZZY
    Company: Feelgood Fiction / Film Four
    Project details:
  • Production (role): NAMEDROPPER
    Company: Scarlet Pictures / Film Four
    Project details: Screenplay adaptation of the Emma Forest novel
  • Production (role): MR. FORGETTABLE
    Company:
    Project details: Short film
  • Production (role): MY SKY IS BIG
    Company: Ruby Films
    Project details: Short film, shown at National Film Theatre

    Dir. Lisa Goldman
  • Production (role): LIFE GOES ON (Co-Writer)
    Company: Fool Hardy Films / Screen South / Film Council
    Project details: Co-wrote short animated film

    BAFTA Longlist
  • Production (role): E-MALE
    Company: ARTE / Sweet Child Films for French & German TV
    Project details: Short film commissioned
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAMING
    Company: Royal Shakespeare Company / Google
    Project details: First online play

    Project featured on 25 million tweets, trended 4th in the world and won two Lovie Awards (Internet Oscars)
  • Production (role): EX
    Company: Soho Theare / BAC Opera Festival / Working Title Films
    Project details: Screenplay commissioned by Working Title Films

    
Sell out run
  • Production (role): THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
    Company:
    Project details: An adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning novella for the stage

    Performed in a remote bay in Cornwall, with the audience ferried in on local fishing boats, and on a full-size galleon. Transferred to Arcola theatre / Riverside Studios. Headlined the world’s first Literature Festival of the Sea in Southend

    Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence at the England’s biggest Festival
  • Production (role): THE SHOE SHOP OF DESIRE
    Company: National Theatre / Nottingham Playhouse / The Comedy Store Players
    Project details: Commissioned

    Workshopped at The Nottingham Playhouse with Stephen Mangan and George Costigan

    Production at the BAC as part of the Critics Up For Review Season, subject of a BBC 2 Documentary
  • Production (role): CARBON MIRANDA
    Company: Southwark Playhouse / Filmgoer / Feelgood Fiction
    Project details: Screenplay commissioned
  • Production (role): SUICIDE AND MANIPULATION
    Company: Finborough
    Project details:
  • Production (role): TANGO ‘TIL YOU’RE SORE
    Company: Finborough Theatre / Sweet Child Films
    Project details: Screenplay commissioned
  • Production (role): THE BIG 4 OH
    Company: Young Vic
    Project details:
  • Production (role): CRUSH

    Company: Finborough Theatre
    Project details:
  • Production (role): THE MAN WITH THE ABSURDLY LARGE PENIS
    Company: Young Vic
    Project details: Sold-out
  • Production (role): AFFAIRS

    Company: Camden People’s Theatre
    Project details:
  • Production (role): SURFING
    Company: BAC / Finborough / Assembly Rooms Edinburgh / Sweet Child Films
    Project details: Screenplay commissioned

    Time Out Critics’ Choice
  • Production (role): 7
    Company: Pleasance
    Project details:
  • Production (role): MY SKY IS BIG (Co-Creator)
    Company: BAC / Tooting Tram & Social
    Project details: Co-created with Vanessa Earl

    Film version shown at National Film Theatre
  • Production (role): OBSESSION
    Company: Etcetera Theatre / BAC
    Project details: Time Out Critics’ Choice
  • Production (role): STALLIONS
    Company: Soho Theatre
    Project details: Commissioned

    Rehearsed Reading at Soho, with Sally Hawkins and Mat Fraser
  • Production (role): EX – THE PLAY
    Company: White Bear / Old Red Lion / BAC
    Project details: Runner-up as Best New Play in London , London Writers Competition
  • Production (role): 60 SECONDS TO ONE HOUR
    Company: Tron Theatre, Glasgow
    Project details: Text for dance piece