Plays and Productions
Below are details of some of my plays. There are links to further details on many of them.
Before these I wrote and co-wrote a series of plays for Theatre Unlimited in Worcester.
At the bottom of the page are details of some of my plays for performance by young people.
|Back to Backs||A short, site specific solo piece for performance at the Birmingham Back to Backs * POSTPONED *. I am working closely with visual artist Deb Catesby. This is part of the art\write Back to Back at the Back to Backs event featuring ten writers paired with ten visual artists.||art\write|
|Unframed||A short 3-hander on the process of creating a dramatic moment. Unframed was one of eight writers’ responses to The Chapel Gallery’s recent unframed exhibition. It was part of the unframed writings event. We performed with help from director Jonathan Legg
The performances were at the Chapel Gallery, Bromyard on 25th May 2019.
|the point of light||Part of Romeo & Juliet: take two. A short two-hander. One of several writers’ and artists’ responses to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I worked with visual artist Sheila Farrell. We performed it with help from director Jonathan Legg
The performances were at the Artists Workhouse, Studley on 8th and 16th June 2018.
|I wish you had met him||A 5 min. play for 1 person. One of several writers’ responses to the Portraits exhibition at the Artists Workhouse. The first performance was at the Artists Workhouse, Studley on Sunday 9th July 2017. I performed it with help from director Jonathan Legg||art\write|
|Cacophony||A 5 min. play for 1 person. One of several writers’ responses to The Needle Makers Project. The first performance was at the Artists Workhouse, Studley on Sunday 30th October 2016. I performed it with help from director Jonathan Legg||art\write|
|Thinking Inside The Box||A 5 min. play for 1 person. One of several writers’ responses to the Bee Box art exhibition in Bromyard which was, in turn, a response to Sylvia Plath’s poem The Arrival Of The Bee Box. The first performance, was at The Chapel in Bromyard on 5 March 2016. I performed it with help from director Jonathan Legg||art\write|
|A Page Turner||A 10 min. play for 4 women. Set at a bookshop author signing session, it’s a tragicomic story of revenge. The first performance, directed by Gwenda Hughes, was on 4 March 2010.||The University of Birmingham|
|The Climb||A drama documentary for Radio 4’s Afternoon Play about cycling and jazz. First broadcast 4 July 2007. Contains original music composed by Soweto Kinch.||BBC Radio 4|
|Kind of Dark||A new version (see below) of this play was part of The Miniaturists 8 show at The Arcola Theatre 1 July 2007. Suzanne Bell directed Raquel Cassidy and Mark Arends.||The Miniaturists|
|Upside Down & Back to Front (audio version)||A commission to adapt the stage play (see below) for Radio 4’s Afternoon Play slot. First broadcast 14 November 2006.||BBC Radio 4|
|Rolling News||A piece inspired by the forms and concerns of 24 hours news coverage. After a period of development this play was commissioned by the Rep but has never been produced.||Birmingham Repertory Theatre|
|Upside Down & Back to Front||A theatre and visual arts project at The Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore in February/March 2005. The project was built around this newly commissioned play using photography and storytelling as its inspirations.||artworcs|
|If You Could Bottle It… and Drill||If You Could Bottle It… is a 15 minute three-hander written with Andy Higgitt for the artworcs Script Slam at The Marr’s Bar in Worcester, August 2004. Alexander Delamere directed and the cast was Bella Merlin, Catherine Skinner and Rob Swinton. Drill is a 10 minute monologue written for artworcs’ Artburst event. Peter Sutton performed it.||artworcs|
|Smoked||A man’s last cigarette. A 5 minute audio play written with Anna Chen for the BBC Sparks Radio Drama Writers’ Group. Recorded February 2004 at Bush House. Directed by Sally Avens and featuring Declan Wilson, Philip Fox, Grae Cleugh and Andrew McLay.||BBC Radio|
|Kind of Dark||This 20 minute play was selected for professional script-in-hand performance by Swan Playwrights at their Black Night event. The show was on 24 October 2003 at The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster. Kim Greengrass directed and Greg Higgs and Alison Carney acted. This is a dark play looking at the impulse for revenge.||Swan Playwrights|
|Michelangelo’s Snowman||A 45 minute audio play about the snowman that the young Michelangelo carved for Piero de’Medici.||–|
|It’s a Cook-Up||A site-specific, devised/written piece for 4 (+ guest) performers. Set in a restaurant. First performances at the Hereford Courtyard Arts Centre, May 1-3, 2003. On tour in Autumn 2003. Devised by the company with written contributions from Lance Woodman.||New Theatre Works|
|Growing Old Disgracefully||A 3-hander (2M, 1F), with karaoke interludes. A story of the 1960s/70s generation growing up like it says. Written under a Pearson placement at Worcester Swan Theatre. It has never been produced.||TBA|
|Red Skies Over the Severn||A full length play. First professional production on Worcester Swan Theatre’s main stage 25 October, 2001. “A remarkably compelling piece… blessed with a mix of high passion and sly humour that bodes exceptionally well for the future.” Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph||Worcester Theatre Company|
|The Same River and Inheritance||Two hour long plays for a company of seven professional actors working with community actors. Part of the Worcester Century Plays. They ran on Worcester Swan Theatre’s main stage from 7-28 April, 2001. “Vibrantly imaginative… an affirmation of the Swan’s long-standing links with the city and county of Worcester, as well as a celebration of new writing.” The Stage. “Mr Woodman writes like a poet” Birmingham Post.||Worcester Theatre Company|
|A Man Walks into a Bar||A 10 minute play for two actors. Professional rehearsed reading at Swan Playwrights’ Bar Stories event, December 2000.||Swan Playwrights|
|Maggie, Maggie, Maggie…||An extract from the play was performed at the MAPS performance weekend at the University of Birmingham in June 2000.||N/A|
|The Odd Boy||A 90 min. play for 46 actors. Devised by the company, script by Lance Woodman||The Alvechurch Community Play|
|Ice Cold At Alec’s||A 90 min. comedy for five actors. Written by Pat Roberts and Lance Woodman||Theatre Unlimited|
|Tea and Empathy||A short monologue. A woman makes a new friend and begins to assert herself. Read by Susan Jameson, directed by Mark Babych. Part of the Worcester Swan’s ‘Armchair Theatre’ event||Swan Playwrights|
|Circus Play||A 90 min. tragicomedy for 6 actors. Refugees hide in a strange circus, but there’s an accident and the past begins to catch up. An earlier version of the play, Dial ‘C’ for Circus, was performed by Theatre Unlimited. Rehearsed readings at Birmingham Rep and Worcester Swan as part of the Stagecoach! festival (West Midlands, UK). In 2005 this play was used in drama workshops at Bury Lawn School, Milton Keynes.||Stagecoach!|
|Colin, Joyce and Davy||Short extract from a longer play. Rehearsed reading as part of the Free Theatre project (Worcester, UK)||Swan Playwrights|
Plays for Performance by Young People
|now||The fifth production of this play took place in December 2009 in the Lake District|
|now||A fourth production of this play took place in December 2007 in the Lake District|
|now||A third production of this play was performed at Worcester Swan Theatre on July 7th and 8th 2006. Director: Mel Lewis. More details here.||Swan Youth Theatre, Worcester|
|now||A second production of this play (see below) was performed at The Somerset Youth Drama Festival on November 7th 2004. Director: Suzie Almond.||Explore Youth Theatre, Cheltenham|
|Incredible Feats||A street theatre play for young people. Written by Lance Woodman.||Worcester Swan Theatre’s Next Generation Youth Theatre|
|now||A short play for 25 young people. Performed in the Swan’s studio from 28-30 March, 2001. Written by Lance Woodman.||Worcester Swan Theatre’s Next Generation Youth Theatre|
|Stories of The Never Could Be, Stories of The Never Was||30 min. play for 28 young actors. Written by Lance Woodman||Worcester Theatre Company Youth Theatre|