Plays by Michael Wynne

Canvas

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Justine and Alan need to get away from it all. And what better way than camping on a farm in the Welsh countryside? So long as that's camping with all the luxuries, of course: real beds, wood burning stoves and an espresso machine. Sharing the rural idyll are seasoned campers Bridget and Rory, upwardly mobile Amanda and Alistair and a bunch of offspring. But canvas walls and adjacent tents leave little to the imagination in this entertaining exposé of modern family life.

Canvas premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in May 2012.

Hope Place

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Something's up with Maggie. She's rattling around in the house on Hope Place that she's lived in all her life. Her brothers and sisters flew the nest long ago but everyone's still got a key. Brother Jack keeps turning up with his own Liverpool folklore, invented to delight foreign tourists, but all Maggie wants is to unlock the past and free herself. Her niece's new boyfriend might just have the answer.

Michael Wynne's Hope Place was specially commissioned for the opening season of the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and premiered there in May 2014.

The People Are Friendly

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It's the summer of 2001 and Michelle and her husband Robert have left London to return to Michelle's native Liverpool. She soon discovers it is no longer the idyllic place she remembers. Michelle and Robert's beautiful new home provides the battleground in this darkly comic drama of desperation and family pride.

The People Are Friendly premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2002.

The Star

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Come one, come all, and join us at THE STAR this Christmas, as we re-open the doors for your enjoyment and delight, with a magical, mammoth, marvellous and mesmerising Music Hall ENTERTAINMENT! Celebrate the 150th birthday of the Playhouse Theatre in its original incarnation as The Star Music Hall in a story of onstage magic, backstage deception, new (and old) love, a DASTARDLY plot and all manner of drama and mayhem in the wings.

The Star opened at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse with The Star in December 2016.

Michael Wynne was born and brought up in Birkenhead. His first play, The Knocky, was performed at the Royal Court Theatre: it was awarded the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play, and he was nominated for Best New Writer by the Writers Guild. Other plays include The People Are Friendly (Royal Court), nominated for Best Comedy Whatsonstage Awards; The Priory (Royal Court), which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and was nominated for Best Comedy Whatsonstage Awards; Sell Out (Frantic Assembly), which won Time Out Best Off West End Award; The Boy Who Left Home (Actor Touring Company); Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly); Tits /Teeth (Soho Theatre/NYT) and Canvas (Chichester Festival Theatre). He also writes for TV and film, including Lapland (BBC1) and he co-wrote My Summer of Love (BBC Films), which won the BAFTA for Best British Film and Evening Standard Film Award for Best Screenplay.