Director / Playwright / Dramaturg / Academic
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 seven 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 two new plays under commission. One is a comedy, the other 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 June 2022 he premiered a new verbatim-based play called In Our Skin with the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham. His most recently staged work is a new version of Eugène Ionesco’s play, The Lesson which he adapted and directed under commission from The Market Theatre in Johannesburg. That work highlights the complexity of a colonial education system in a contemporary African setting.
Greg’s full list of produced works are:
The Lesson, a new post-colonial version of Eugène Ionesco’s play based on a translation by Donald Watson.
In Our Skin, a verbatim play based on interviews with 28 men from Birmingham (UK) and Johannesburg (SA).
A Voice I Cannot Silence, written with Ralph Lawson and based on the life and work of Alan Paton
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
Oedipus @ Koö-Nú! based on Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus
One Woman Farce, written with Louise Saint-Claire
The Pirates of Penzance, a celebrated five-person adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera
Sauer Street, the Naledi-nominated musical co-written with Malcolm Purkey, Nthikeng Mohlele and Amos Levin
Bread & Butter