The Work by Laurence Allan

Excerpt from: The New Companion to the Literature of Wales – editor Meic Stephens

 ‘Born 1954 in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan. His passionate, humane and sometimes angry concern for the plight of ordinary people is evident in much of his writing. Above all he articulates feelings of disempowerment experienced by those who find themselves caught up in economic and political changes beyond their control. Although the world he presents is often bleak, his plays are also characterized by mordant black humour and an affectionate, sharp ear for the idiomatic English of South Wales.’ 

2015                 The Application, Libretto Four:30, CapeTown Opera. Artscape Theatre, CapeTown

2015                Gimme Some Truth, (Writer & Director) ChainWorks Production, The Factory, Porth

2015                Gladiator, (Writer & Director) co Production ChainWorks, RCT Theatres. National Tour Wales

2014                Yesterday Never Returns, (Writer & Director) co production ChainWorks, Lewis Schools, Pengam, Caerphilly Arts. Blackwood Miners Institute

2014                More Than Just A Game,  (Writer & Director) youth theatre production, ChainWorks. The Factory, Porth

2013                 ChainWorks Productions , Artistic Director of own company with Creative Producer Denise Lord. Based at The Factory, Porth

2013                 The Bells Ring Alone,  (Writer & Director) short film with Like An Egg Productions.

2012                ‘Torchbearers’ (Writer & Director)  Donald Gordon Theatre, WMC & Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2012               The Castle – Awen Project – Caerphilly CBC + Heolddu Comprehensive, Cauldrons & Furnaces, Cultural Olympiad

2011/12        Schools & Community Writing Workshops – Mzansi Cymru Development

2011                ‘Torchbearers’ Showcase, (Writer & Director)  Zip Zap Circus, Cape Town

2011                Flowers from Tunisia, Torch Theatre + Wales Tour

 2011                Life on Robben Island (Writer & Director) – Unusual Stage School, Disability Arts Cymru + Valleys Kids collaboration: Mzansi Cymru, Glanfa Stage, WMC

2010                The Day Stanley Baker Died The Zulus Rapped on Llanwonno Mountain – (Writer & Director) Mzansi Cymru showcase, Soar Centre, Penygraig

 2009                Operation Zulu – Mzansi Cymru showcase. Pop Factory, Porth

 2009                The Magic Box  Valleys Kids and Arts & Business Cymru promo video script

2009                Stairway To Heaven – On The Edge – tour.

2008                Operation Zulu/ Mzansi Cymru Project commission – Valleys Kids, Cultural Olympiad

2007                ‘Dream it, Build it  Valleys Kids and Arts & Business Cymru promo video script

 2007                ‘Reason to Believe’ Sherman Cymru commission

2006                ‘Truth or Dare’ celebrating Aberdare – BBC Radio Wales

2005/6             ‘I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Shout’ winner of Writer’s Room Broken & Blue Award BBC Radio 3

2005                ‘If you can’t sing, stand at the back of the hall.’ – Plymouth Theatre Royal/York Theatre Royal & Unicorn Theatre, London

 2004                ‘Flowers from Tunisia’ – Theatr y Byd, National Tour

2004                ‘For Ever’ – Adaptation of Short Story – Plymouth Theatre Royal

2004                ‘It was Twenty Years Ago Today’BBC Radio Wales 60’

2003                ‘Wouldn’t it be Better if he Died in the End? BBC Radio 4 

2002                ‘More than just a Game’ –  Plymouth Theatre Royal

2002                ‘Angels Don’t Need Wings  Hijinx Theatre 21st Anniversary production, Sherman Theatre

2001                ‘Down the Docks and Up the Bay – BBC Radio Wales  30’

2000                The Mountain – BBC 2 Xcel – Documentary subject – L’Etape du Tour

2000                Publication of anthology of Three Plays by Seren

        • On the Road Again
        • The Best Years of Our Lives
        • Cradle to the Grave

1998 – 2001    ‘Station Road’ – BBC Radio Wales Daily Soap scriptwriting (over 50 episodes) & storylining

1998    ‘King of the Mountains’ 90’ screenplay BBC Wales commissioned/unproduced

1996    ‘Cries Across the Tracks’ 55’ Radio 4

1997    ‘Cradle to the Grave’   Welsh College of Music and Drama.

1997    ‘Dangerous Acquaintances’  Hijinx Theatre, Wales & England Tour

1996     ‘Stairway to Heaven’, Hijinx Theatre, Wales & England Tour

1995   ‘Rainbow Chaser BBC 2 Wales TV

1994     ‘On the Road Again’, Hijinx Theatre, Wales & England Tour

1993       I was a Teenage Playboy, 30′ Radio wales

1992     There’s Only One Sizwe Bansi, 55′ Radio Wales

1991    The Valley of the Kings  Pontypridd Community Play

1990    ‘The Best Years of Our Lives, Made in Wales/Theatr Clwyd/Sherman

1988    ‘A Blow to Bute Street’, Sherman Theatre

1986    Duel at Twilight, Spectacle Theatre

1985    ‘Over the Wall and Back Again’, Writer & Director Made in Wales,










1990    ‘There’s Only One Siswe Bansi’ 55’ BBC Radio 4. 

1995    ‘I Was a Teenage Playboy’  30’









The production company of award-winning writer and director Laurence Allan