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What I do:
Playwright. Please feel free to contact me at
A little more about me:
Plays for NTW: A Good Night Out in the Valleys.
The Opportunity of Efficiency (a co-production with the New National Theatre Tokyo).
Projects I’m working on:
Opera, theatre, radio.
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Marsha – a journey

A new liveartshow journey has started. Following up from Manga Sister and Rhinegold and our Summerhall/tour of The Future For Beginners we’ll be premiering Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things at the Arcola from August 11-15.

Following from The Future For Beginners it mixes both opera and theatre – featuring one actor (Tilly Gaunt) and four opera singers (Victoria Gray,…


Posted on July 29, 2015 at 23:21

Mess Up The Mess theatre's Re-Set

I've recently been working with Sarah Jones and Mess Up The Mess theatre on a new Forum theatre piece around the subject of anxiety issues in young people. It's been both a tough and delightful process - the toughness coming from the subject matter and the delight coming from working with such a professional group of young people who are committed to making great theatre.

I attended the first performance of the play last Friday at Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli and it was an experience…


Posted on September 1, 2014 at 2:30

Edinburgh Award Nomination - The Future For Beginners

The Future For Beginners has been nominated for the Music Theatre Network awards and received a 5 Star review from the British Theatre Guide - well done to actor/singers Jennifer Adams and Matthew Bulgo.

The show is on at Summerhall at 3.40pm until Aug 24.

MTN Awards

British Theatre Guide

The Future For Beginners

Review by Philip…


Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:53 — 1 Comment

Turning The Future For Beginners into an opera

I’m currently sitting in a music room at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (listening to someone practising the oboe next door) and wondering what to blog about with regard the rehearsal process for liveartshow’s The Future For Beginners. As I’m a writer I’m going to write about…

The writing of the show. It's been a particularly interesting process for…


Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:07 — 1 Comment

Writing The Opportunity of Efficiency

When The Opportunity of Efficiency was performed at the New National Theatre in Tokyo last year the play was written, in reality, by two people.

I was given the credit – my name on the posters outside the hulking theatre that sits near the busy Shinjuku area of Tokyo – but I was always keenly aware that the translator, Kaku Nagashima, had written the actual words spoken on stage.

Writing the play for a foreign national theatre, having it translated into Japanese and…


Posted on June 3, 2014 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

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At 18:55 on May 19, 2010, Pippa Bailey said…
Hi Alan, That would be grand. I don't know the centre so perhaps at the entrance? Anyway I am on 07813 936 362 in case of trouble. I look forward to meeting you. Best, Pippa
At 4:58 on May 19, 2010, Pippa Bailey said…
Dear Alan, Thanks so much for getting back. I am at the Wales Millennium Centre from 2-3.30pm but after that am free till 6ish. Is this convenient, if so where? Best wishes, Pippa
At 3:36 on February 23, 2010, Alan Harris said…
Hi Carmen, hope you are well. The Blaengarw date is Tuesday, March 16 at 7.30pm. The box office number is 01656 871911/871142! Look forward to seeing you on the night. Very best, Alan x
At 3:25 on February 23, 2010, carmen medway-stephens said…
Hi Alan, What are the exact dates for your play at Blaengarw - i'll bring my students from Bridgend College, Carmen
At 7:00 on February 7, 2010, Othniel Smith said…
Enjoyed the radio play - dark!
At 6:42 on November 5, 2009, Othniel Smith said…
Congratulations on making history!
At 5:15 on November 5, 2009, Amy Starling said…
Hi Alan,

Just wanted to say congratulations on Cardboard Dad, it was a really fantastic show.
And well done on the NTW show too. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Amy xx
At 3:46 on November 5, 2009, Adrienne O'Sullivan said…
Nice one Alun. You must have been bursting to share the news. What a great next show to cardboard dad.
Down in history as the first national theatre of wales show.
Wicked. xxx Ad
At 0:17 on August 5, 2009, Elanor Higgins said…
Hi Alan,
So sorry I'm not available to light your show at Sherman Cymru, will definatly catch up with you soon though.
Good luck with it!
El x
At 1:41 on June 8, 2009, tracy harris said…

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