John Hill Comedy Drama Screen Writer Playwright


 

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." Ray Bradbury

 

              

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John Hill screenplay longlisted Alternative Therapy for 2020 UK Film Festival Feature Script Competition

All the Bad Ideas (now titled Alternative Therapy) longlisted for 2020 UK Film Festival Feature Script Competition.

This screenplay is based on my play Chasing Beckett

 

Saw It Here First Productions March 2019 John Hill comedy monologue

My Home, My Castle - 2019

 

"The comedy is incredibly intelligent… and there are several genuine laugh out loud jokes. The whole show very much reminded me of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series... it's very, very well done. This is the ideal Fringe show - go and see it. 10/10." TheCultDen

Better Together

Edinburgh Fringe

 

Spontaneous Productions John Hill screenwriter

Spontaneous Productions - 2018

 

"…an extremely well written piece of comedy. Hill has crafted a deliciously sharp, comic turn… It is a piece of writing that Victoria Wood might be proud of… This is classic British comedy but with a dark twist." Paul Vale, The Stage

We Need to Talk About Clive

Lost Theatre 1-Act Play Festival

 

 

Kenneth Branagh new writing Award John Hill writer comedy play

Kenneth Branagh New Drama

Writing Award - long-listed 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hill short comedy play Instructions not Included

Tabard Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

Spontaneous Productions

 

 

 

Spontaneous Productions - 2017

 

 

 

 

Camden Fringe 2016 How Does That Make You Feel? John Hill

Camden Fringe

 

 

 

New writing showcase organized by Ghost Dog Productions

Ghost Dog Productions

 

 

 

A short theatre play by John Hill was part of the Leytonstone Scratch Night

Leytonstone Itch

 

 

 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe  

 

 

 

 

John Hill's Public Rights, Ancestral Wrongs was part of the Open to All  evening

An evening of short plays

North London Actors

 

 

 

 

LadyTracey by John Hill part of Insignificant Theatre's Rough Readings May 2013

Insignificant Theatre

Rough Readings

 

 

 

 

How does that make you feel? by comedy writer John Hill with Hannah Dickinson Andrew Venning

Hannah DickinsonAndrew Venning in How Does That Make You Feel?

at the Marlow Studio Theatre, Canterbury

 

 

I am a writer who has written screenplays, novels, plays and sitcoms. I’ve also done some script editing and am part of a US-style writers room. 

 

I have IMDB credits for writing two episodes of a 12-part TV sitcom called Marshal’s Law created by Jason Attar and Niall Towl, which was broadcast on satellite television.

 

I was short-listed for a Channel 4 comedy drama award, have been twice long-listed for the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award and my second feature, All The Bad Ideas (now titled Alternative Therapy), was longlisted for the UK Film Festival Feature Script Competition.

 

I have twice won the Player Playwrights Best Comedy Award, and my Edinburgh and Camden Fringe debuts received several four and five-star reviews.

 

My first feature, Blood Match, came second in the Reddit Screenwriting Contest and was long-listed for a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. I was a finalist in Cascade Pictures' Writers’ Couch script development initiative.

 

"This brilliantly written short play is well worth an hour of your time… Put together the sharp fire wit and wild claims of attempted murder and infidelity are almost reminiscent of Monty Python. With only three in the cast and very little props it is a credit to the writing and acting to make this comedy so brilliant ...these crazy characters would be perfect in a sitcom but until then I highly recommend coming to see them interact in their counselling session." Rachel Borland, London Theatre 1

How Does That Make You Feel?

Camden Fringe

 

Alternative Therapy John Hill playwright screenplay

Alternative Therapy - Theatro Technis - March 2020

 

2019

 

A one-act 30-minute comedy called Flat-Pack Resolution was part of the Drip Action Theatre Trail at the Arundel Festival and ran for eight days in August. This was my second play to run at the festival.

 

A comedy called Instructions Not Included was one of five short plays performed at Katzcratch, a sold-out evening hosted by the Katzpace Theatre in London.

 

Arundel Festival 2019 Drip Action Theatre Trail

 

One of my black comedies - a monolgue titled My Home, My Castle - was in From Script to Stage, a sell-out two-night event at the Theatro Technis, London, organised by Saw It Here First Productions.

 

Flat Pack Resolution was part of the Supernova 8 Festival of one-act plays, a four-night event organised by the Bench Theatre Company at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant.

 

Sydenham Art Centre July 2018 playwright

William Hastings in Barbarians at the Gate

Photo by Philip Pound

 

2018

 

Instructions Not Included won Best Comedy at the annual Player Playwrights awards. This is the second time I've won this award but it was a particular pleasure this year as the previous two years it was won by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

 

This play was also in a festival of shorts organized by Get Over It Productions in July and August at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick. 

 

A 10-minute comedy called Barbarians at the Gate  was part of another sell-out evening of new writing at the Sydenam Centre in south London produced by Spontaneous Productions.

 

I was long-listed for this year's Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award and a comedy called Accidently on Purpose  was part of a three-night run of 10-minute plays called Shorts @ The Canal.

 

John Hill play in Love Bites Again

The set of Love Bites Again - 2018

 

Love and Sudden Death - a comedy about adultery, revenge and the benefits of fully comprehensive insurance was part of a sold-out evening organized by Get Over It Productions.

 

A play called A Convenient Affair was selected for an evening of ten-minute plays about romance and heartbreak called Love Bites Again. The show was created by Spontaneous Productions and performed to a sell-out audience.

 

Suzie Houlihan & Darren Benedict in John Hill play Thanks For Sharing - April 2017

Suzie Houlihan & Darren Benedict in Thanks For Sharing

 

2017

 

A short play called Relative Fortunes  was joint winner in the Soundwork UK Monologue Competition and made into an audio play produced by Neal Mason and performed by Nick Martin. You can listen to the play here.

 

A short play called Christmas Break was part of the 600 Seconds evening of new writing organized by Spontaneous Productions at the Sydenam Centre in south London.

 

One of my short comedies - Thanks For Sharing - was part of a scratch evening of new writing organized by the Hidden Theatre Company at the Water Rats in Kings Cross.

 

John Hill Writer Camden Fringe 2016

The return of Just Some Sketch Night - Salford - 2016

 

2016

 

My Channel 4 shortlisted comedy drama - How Does That Make You Feel? - made its Camden Fringe debut. The week-long run was generously supported by Player Playwrights and thanks to our amazing cast and director the play received four 4-star reviews.

How Does That Make You Feel? @ the Lion & Unicorn Theatre Camden Fringe 2016 - more info

"Had me grinning from start to finish... brilliant." 

London Theatre 1 review

 

"Hill writes outrageously funny plays."

remotegoat

 

"Funny, modern and a greatly entertaining story."

The Open Door review

Going Commando featured in Playground, a three-night new writing showcase at the Horse & Stables, and a one-act comedy called Healing with Words  was part of the four-day Supernova VII one-act play festival in Havant. Going Commando featured in the Leytonstone Itch scratch night at All You Read is Love.

                   

Healing With Words a comedy play by John Hill

Leigh Cunningham & Paul Millington in Healing With Words

Bench Theatre - 2016 - Photo ©Dan Finch

 

2015

 

My first feature screenplay - Blood Match - a vampire comedy, came second in the Reddit Screenwriting Contest.

 

At the Player Playwrights annual awards my two-act black comedy Chasing Beckett  won Best Comedy and How Does That Make You Feel? was runner up. This was an amazing surprise, especially as it's the first time this has happened in the group’s 74-year history.

 

Player Playwrights did a reading of a play called We Need to Talk About Clive. Going Commando was in the Late Bloom Festival organized by The Space; it was also shortlisted for Little Pieces of Gold.

 

Playwright John Hill featued in the Supernova one-act theatre play festival in Havant

 A four-day festival of new writing for theatre - 2016

 

Player Playwrights did a reading of Chasing Beckett and How Does That Make You Feel? One of my shorts was the closing play of the Southend International Playwrights Festival, and joint winner in the Best Comedy category.

 

The East End Literary Salon runs a series on new writing nights and performed one of my comedies, Instructions Not Included; this play was also part of West Avenue's Briefs night at the Waterloo East Theatre.

 

Alice Bounsall David Houston Instructions Not Included John Hill

 Alice Bounsall and David Houston in

Instructions Not Included

Get Over It Productions - 2018

 

2014

 

We Need to Talk About Clive was showcased by Fractured Lines Theatre in two of its Blaggards evenings. The company also debuted Instructions Not Included.

 

I wrote the majority of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show called Better Together? which TheCultDen rated 10/10.

 

Instructions not Included performed at a Blaggards evening by Fractured Lines  Theatre

 Two evenings of short complementary plays

 

A 10-minute film Jersey Tails  was short-listed for the ArtsEd film project. Two of my comedies were shortlisted for the Congleton one-act play festival and one of them made the finals - How Does That Make You Feel? was a past winner in this festival.

 

A play called Alternative Therapy was runner up in the Menagerie Theatre Company's one-page play competition at the Hotbed Festival of new writing in Cambridge.

 

 The Lost Theatre's 30th annual festival

 

The Lost Theatre Company celebrated 30 years of its one-act play festival this year and We Need to Talk About Clive was part of the seven-night event. Festival adjudicator and theatre critic for The Stage, Paul Vale, said it was:

 

“…an extremely well written piece of comedy. Hill has crafted a deliciously sharp, comic turn… It is a piece of writing that Victoria Wood might be proud of… This is classic British comedy but with a dark twist.”

 

A longer version was given rehearsed readings by the N.W London Equity Branch - at the Pentameters Theatre and the Magdala - as part of their series of new play readings.

 

Jean Apps and Maxine Howard in We Need to Talk About Clive  in the May 2014 Theatre Breaks Festival of new writing

Jean Apps and Maxine Howard in

We Need to Talk About Clive

Part of the 9th Theatre Breaks Festival

 

We Need To Talk About Clive featured in Tiny Dog Productions' ninth Theatre Breaks Festival of new writing at the White Bear, as well as West Avenue Briefs evening at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.

 

“John Hill’s Payback slams the world of middle-class sofa-sitting with more punchlines than the TV sitcoms it is obviously upstaging.” South London Press.

 

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Katzpace London Alternative Therapy screenplay

Katzcratch - 2019

 

 

"In my opinion the real star of the show was John Hill’s writing. The gags are funny, the story is believable, and the plot points are bold. Hill’s use of subtext is subtle and clever, blending two conversations at the same time… With an extra boost this play would not feel out of place on E4..." Joshua Oakes-Rogers, The Open Door

How Does That Make You Feel?

Camden Fringe

 

 

 

John Hill comedy play Canal Theatre

Canal Cafe Theatre

 

 

 

Tabard Theatre Chiswick John Hill Comedy Play

Tabard Theatre in Chiswick

 

 

 

 

Jason Attar - the star of a sitcom about PCSOs called Marshals Law

Jason Attar

in the sitcom Marshal's Law

 

 

 

 

Suzie Houlihan & Darren Benedict in playwright John Hill comedy play

Hidden Theatre Company - 2017

 

 

 

 

John Hill short play in West Avenue's Briefs

West Avenue Briefs

 

 

 

 

One of John Hill's comedy plays at the East End Literary Salon

East End Literary Salon

 

 

 

 

The Theatre Breaks Festival of New Writing at the White Bear, Kennington, in May

The 9th Theatre Breaks Festival

White Bear Kennington

 

 

 

 

Alternative Therapy screenplay based on play Chasing Beckett by John Hill

Chasing Beckett at

The London Theatre

 

 

 

Kenneth Branagh new writing Award John Hill writer comedy play

Kenneth Branagh New Drama

Writing Award - long-listed for

How Does That Make You Feel?

 

 

 

Insignificant Theatre's Speakeasy monologue evenings in August 2012

Speakeasy Monologues

 

 

 

 

Photography courtesy of Insignificant Theatre

Greg Patmore in the Speakeasy

Monologues

 

 

 

 

Stephen Chance in Armanie Briefs by John Hill - Sitcom Saturday

Stephen Chance in Armanie Briefs

Photo ©Hazel Dunlop

 

 

 

 

 

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