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Godfrey Hamilton

Writer in Residence

Godfrey Hamilton was born and raised in darkest Essex but moved to London as soon as he could. For some years he worked as a freelance journalist, regularly contributing to magazines as diverse as the NME, Radio Times, TV Times, Company, Ritz, Gay News, and Penthouse, while also moonlighting as a (published) poet and spoken word performer.

He spent several years working as personal assistant to Emmie Tillett, the founder and director of the legendary Ibbs & Tillett agency which managed the careers of, among others, Segovia, Dame Janet Baker, and Shura Cherkassky. He spent several further years in theatre management in London’s West End, which is where he met Mark Pinkosh, who was working in London and who invited Godfrey to his home State of Hawaii to write – and perform – a new show for Mark’s company Starving Artists.

Godfrey has gone on to write more than 20 plays for Starving Artists, including Road Movie and Viper’s Opium, which both won Edinburgh Fringe Firsts. Since its premiere in 1995, Road Movie has been performed in multiple foreign-language productions, was revived at Manchester Library Theatre in 2010 and has recently toured Australia.

Godfrey’s commissioned work includes Pacific Dreams for the BBC, The Mirror & the Mask for Northern California Arts (as both writer and performer in collaboration with Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden), Don’t Forget Me for Paisley Arts, several shows – including Take Me With You – for Central London Arts/ Drill Hall, Tenderness for the Bush theatre, Days of Light and Eat Me (both for QUN/Royal Exchange) and Jake and Cake for Theatre Centre.

An adaptation of Take Me With You was recently filmed by UK director Charles Sharman-Cox, and Godfrey also wrote The Ghosts of Los Angeles, based on two of his plays and directed by Richard Carroll.

Godfrey has recently adapted Road Movie into a screenplay and is working on both a new play for Starving Artists, to tour in 2013/14, and a film script, Goodbye from Eagle Rock.


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