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Chris O’Connell

About Chris O’Connell

Chris founded Theatre Absolute in 1992 with producer Julia Negus. He has been Writer-in-Residence at Paines Plough and at Birmingham University’s M(Phil) Playwriting Course (2004-2006). He was lead tutor at the Transmissions Young Writers Festival at Birmingham Rep in 2006.


UNTITLED COMMISSION (Belgrade Theatre) – current

THE TERRORS (North Wall Theatre Oxford) 2014

ALL THE MOVES (Belgrade Theatre) 2010
An original play. Published by Oberon.

ZERO (Theatre Absolute) 2009
Commissioned by an Arts Council New Writing Consortium led by Theatre
Royal Bury St Edmunds. Run at Theatre Absolute followed by UK Tour.
Published by Oberon books

HANG LENNY POPE (Theatre Absolute / Warwick Arts Centre, UK tour) 2007
Written and Directed by Chris O’Connell
Published by Oberon

cloud:burst (Theatre Absolute / BAC “Scratch” Production) 2006
Premiered at Linbury Studios, transferring to New York’s 59E59 Brits Off Broadway


Street Trilogy : CAR, RAW and KID (Theatre Absolute /UK Tour/ BAC Run) 2005
Published by Oberon Books

TALL PHOENIX (RSC / Belgrade Productions) 2004
dir. Matthew Lloyd

KID 2003
dir Mark Babych

RAW 2001
dir. Mark Babych
Winner of a Fringe First, Edinburgh 2001

HOLD YA (Red Ladder Theatre Company / UK Tour) 2000

CAR (Theatre Absolute / Belgrade and Pleasance Theatres) 1999
Edinburgh Festival 1999, UK and Ireland Tours, BAC at Time Out’s
Pick of the Year Festival
Dir. Mark Babych
Opened Arts Alive Festival, Coventry 1999
Winner of the Time Out Award – Best New Play on the Fringe 1999
Runs: Paris(“Best of British” Festival 2000), Estonia, Australia, Italy, Israel

HYMNS (UK Tour, transferring to Lyric Hammersmith, international tour) 1999
Commissioned & co-written with Frantic Assembly

COOL WATER MURDER (Belgrade Theatre) 1999

SHE’S ELECTRIC (Belgrade Theatre) 1997

BIG BURGER CHRONICLES (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) 1996


GABRIEL’S ASHES (BBC Radio 3) 2001
Adapted from Chris’ stage play



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