In 1978 he won the Thames TV award to become Writer in Residence at the Crucible Theatre.
Winning Drama Magazine’s award for Best Play, alongside Most Promising Playwright from both London Evening Standard Drama and Plays and Players London Critics Awards, Curtains was commissioned by the Hampstead Theatre in 1987 and subsequently presented at the Whitehall Theatre in 1988. The play’s US premiere was by the New Group in 1996, transferring to the John Houseman Theatre and winning two New York Obie Awards in 1996.
Playwriting credits include: What The Heart Feels (nominated for Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year, Orange Tree Theatre); Cassie (Royal Shakespeare Company); Over A Barrel (awarded the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Regional Play, Palace Theatre); Stitched Up (nominated for Best New Play for the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, Octagon Theatre); Heartlanders (Birmingham City Centenary play, co-written with David Edgar and Ann Devlin); Crossing The Line (Theatre Foundry); Naked In The Bull Ring, Piggy Back Riders and The Old Order (awarded the John Whiting Award, all Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Over The Bar (Derby Playhouse); The Bottom Drawer (Oxford Playhouse/National tour); Final Wave, Girl Talk and Squeakers and Strags (Crucible Theatre).
Television credits include: The Locksmith (awarded the Samuelson City Award, nominated for Best Drama and Best Independent Film by Royal Television Society); Maisie Raine, Fair Game, The Darling Buds of May, Broke (nominated for Writers’ Guild Award for Best Single Film); Marjorie and the Preacher Man, Eh Brian It’s A Whopper and Lyndsey.