Nick Drake



Julia Kreitman

Nick is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and dramaturg.



Pilot and Bible

ONE LIFE (See-Saw Films)
Co-written with Lucinda Coxon

UNTITLED LOVE STORY (See-Saw Films/Film Four)


WHITE MUGHALS (Turbine Studios)

SECOND BEST BED (Ecosse Films)

Directed by Richard Roxburgh and starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente.
Won Best Feature the Australian Film Institute Awards

Current Theatre

Nick is writing a new commission, SERVER, for The Young Vic. His play BIRCH GROVE for producers Ruth Jackson and Matt Byam-Shaw is in in development.

He is writing a new play for Bath Theatre Royal to be directed by Deborah Warner.

Previous Theatre

ALL THE ANGELS, about the premiere of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin, opened at The Globe in 2015 and was revived there in the Winter of 2016/17. It is currently in production in Dublin at Smock Alley Theatre.

His original libretto BETWEEN WORLDS (ENO) was produced to critical acclaim at the Barbican in 2015, directed by Deborah Warner, in collaboration with composer Tansy Davies, with whom he also wrote CAVE (2018) for the London Sinfonietta and tenor Mark Padmore. His libretto EARTH SONG for composer Rachel Portman, was premiered in 2019 and broadcast on Radio 3.

Nick adapted TO REACH THE CLOUDS by Philipe Petite, an account of his 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers, for Giles Croft at Nottingham Playhouse. He has also written a stage adaptation of Anna Funder’s prize-winning STASILAND. His one-hour play for young people, SUCCESS, was commissioned by the National’s Connections project, and performed at the Olivier Theatre and around the country.


THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Bloodaxe) won the Waterstone’s/Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His subsequent collections are FROM THE WORD GO (2007), THE FAREWELL GLACIER (2012) and OUT OF RANGE (2018). His poem “The Future” was recorded by Andrew Scott, and appears in Letters to the Earth (Collins, 2019). Nick has  collaborated with United Visual Artists on MESSAGE FROM THE UNSEEN WORLD, a permanent  poetic installation about Alan Turing at Paddington, and HIGH ARCTIC about climate change at the National Maritime Museum in London.  He has also published a study of THE POETRY OF W B YEATS (Penguin).

Nick’s adaptation of THE FAREWELL GLACIER was streamed live from COP26 in Glasgow, read by Peter Mullan, with music composed and performed by Emma Donald and Isbel Pendelbury.


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