A particular interest for me is comedy and work that thematically deals with identity politics, prejudice, and the lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.
Greg’s produced work as a writer to date include five plays, a co-written musical, and two adaptions of operas into pocket-size versions for small casts.
His most celebrated play is A Voice I Cannot Silence which he co-wrote with Ralph Lawson. The play was commissioned by the Arts Trust of South Africa and is based on the life and work of poet, novelist and anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton. Its premiere production enjoyed a national tour around South Africa and won Best New Play of 2015.
During the pandemic he wrote a new play under commission that centers on the troubled histories of Northern Ireland and South Africa. He also co-wrote a play about grief and loss with Steven Boykey Sidley, called The Swing. As one of the “First Four” of How Now Brown Cow’s Writers’ Collective, he developed a two-hander with dramaturgical support from two-time Oscar-nominated writer, William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Gladiator). In May 2021 he finished a first draft of a new comedy under commission. That work is penciled for production at the end of this year, pandemic dependent. With the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham he is preparing a new verbatim-based play called In Our Skin that will premiere in 2022.
Greg’s full list of produced plays are:
A Voice I Cannot Silence, written with Ralph Lawson and based on the life and work of Alan Paton
Oedipus @ Koö-Nú! based on Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus
One Woman Farce, written with Louise Saint-Claire
Bread & Butter
His produced work in the musical form are: The Naledi-nominated musical, Sauer Street, co-written with Malcolm Purkey, Nthikeng Mohlele and Amos Levin; his celebrated five-person adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; and Aida Abridged, a 75-minute version of Verdi’s Aida that can be staged with a versatile cast of two, a pianist, and a role of brown paper.