Feet of Clay: Rodin and his London Friends

The friends Rodin meets in the British Museum take him on a journey through time, visiting past ordeals and future triumphs. Commissioned by the British Museum, and performed there on 18 May 2018 by actors Lloyd Morris, Lisa Ronaghan and Matthew Coulton, with music from the Waldegrave Ensemble.  Rob McIndoe directed. 


Tell Me The Truth About Love

Celebrating in words and music the relationship between the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, this play draws on the many letters which the couple wrote to each other between 1939 and 1976.

First staged as part of FitzFest in June 2017 - one month before the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which finally decriminalised sex between consenting males over the age of 21. Matthew Coulton and Stewart Clegg played the parts of Britten and Pears. Excerpts from Britten's music were performed by the FitzFest musicians under Daniel Bates, and by the tenor Andrew Staples. It was staged again at the Clapham Omnibus Theatre in February 2018, with songs from the tenor Tim Langston. 


The Man from the Sleepy Lagoon

celebration of the life and music of Eric Coates, one of the most popular British composers of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The label 'light' was a burden, but it never deterred him from writing tunes. 

First performed at The Ship pub as part of FitzFest - a festival of music by composers who lived in Fitzrovia - in June 2016, and revived in 2017 and 2019. David Acton plays the part of Coates, and The Festival Musicians, under Dan Bates, provide the tunes. 



 A monologue in which Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Thesaurus, talks about his early years in Manchester when he was Chief Surgeon at the Infirmary, and about the lists he made to keep depression at bay.

Performed at Manchester University as part 24:7's Theatre Festival, July 2015, and again in October 2015 as part of the Manchester Science Festival.



189 Pieces

 2014 sees the 25th anniversary of the last restoration of the Portland Vase, a Roman glass masterpiece bought by the Dowager Duchess of Portland in 1784. In 1845, while on loan to the British Museum, it was deliberately smashed by a visitor. This new play dramatises the triumphs and tribulations which beauty and celebrity have conferred on the Vase.

Performed at The British Museum, October 2014, and at the Steyning Festival, June 2014


Roofing the County of Surrey with Crystal    

What price authenticity? Rows break out in the Crystal Palace about the significance of its exhibits. Set in October 1854, soon after the Palace relocated to Surrey.

Performed by members of the South London Theatre, at the SLT and in West Norwood Cemetery, November 2011


The Happiness Index   What David Cameron can learn from the Greeks and Romans

"How happy did you feel yesterday?" Faced with this question in a government survey, John turns to a couple of ancient philosophers for advice. So what is happiness anyway? And how do you know when you've got it?  Epicurus and Seneca offer some words of wisdom.

Performed by David Acton, at the New End Theatre, London NW3, June 2011. David recently starred in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London.


How to be Happy  

A pre-David-Cameron play about ancient philosophy and happiness, this piece has been performed at a number of schools and colleges, and at the British Museum. It exists in two versions, for school students and adults. Now it's taking on a new life, as the Coalition Government publishes the UK's first official happiness index.


Another Stab at Life 

Eurydice's take on what happens when the great singer Orpheus attempts to bring his wife back from the Underworld.  Will she go or will she stay? Performed as part of the launch of 17 Per Cent, at the Red Hedgehog in London in March 2010, this 10-minute play can be heard online, at


Darwin and the Greeks 

A gardener's thoughts about the Greek forerunners of Darwin help him to come to terms with a sad event in his own life. Performed at the British Museum, November 2009.


Found Drowned 

The young Ellen Terry goes bathing on the Isle of Wight. Part of a collaborative piece by the Bonnington Group of writers, The Quite Peculiar and Irresistible Charm of Ellen Terry.  Performed at the Barn Theatre, Smallhythe, Kent, July 2007.



What happens when three powerful deities - Athena, Hera and Aphrodite - all claim the prize for Top Goddess? The Trojan War is just one of the outcomes. The Pleasance Theatre, London, May 2007.


A Different Kind of Dancing

A short play in which a young woman experiences a reunion with the god Bacchus, and tries out his new drink. Second place  in the Westminster Prize. The Soho Theatre, London, 2001.