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Howard Colyer becomes Jack Studio Theatre's first playwright in residence

Howard Colyer

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THE Jack Studio is has appointed Howard Colyer as its first playwright in residence, from Autumn 2014 to Spring 2016.

The Jack has a strong tradition of supporting playwrights, and of promoting and presenting new writing throughout the year.

The jack presents an annual new writing festival, Write Now, for playwrights with an association to the area, and also run regular Scratch Nights as well as the Jack Writers’ Workshop for playwrights with scripts in development.

Howard Colyer’s appointment as playwright in residence continues the venue’s strong association with this writer, who has had nine plays produced at the venue.

In January and February 2015, Ballast Theatre will be bringing Colyer’s new adaptation of Boris Godunov to the Jack, and his three original plays Without Reluctance and Without Relief.

Howard Colyer’s family comes from south east London. His father and mother were both born in Peckham and they met at the New Cross Palais in 1943, which is now The Venue. Howard Colyer was born in 1961 near Brixton Hill. He went to school in Streatham and left when he was sixteen. But later he took his A Levels in Croydon and then studied history at university, Keele and Illinois State.

However, circumstances forced a change of direction and in 1989 he started his career in computing. Soon afterwards, in his spare time, he started writing fiction. He has written many short stories and a few novels. He also published a translation of Kafka’s Letter to my Father.

In 2008, Colyer started to write plays. One of the first of these was an adaptation of the letter, Kafka v Kafka, which was staged at the Jack Studio in 2012.

His other plays include The Good Analyst (2010), The Overcoat (2011), Conference Call (2011), Homework (2011), Finchley Road (2012), Trojan Women (2013), Mandrake (2013), Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji (2013), Flight (2014), Marriage (2014) and Diary of a Madman (2014).

Howard Colyer is a Millwall fan, as was his father and his grandfather. According to Howard, not many season ticket holders at The Den translate Kafka. Dante is more popular.