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I’ve always been in or around drama. As a child actor, a short film I starred in, Fever, was banned by the BBC after terrifying children as part of a young filmmaker’s competition. John Craven had to put on his serious voice to apologise. After university I worked as a freelance floor assistant for the BBC, getting people into position for Pebble Mill at One, working on drama Howard’s Way, and looking after Yehudi Menuhin at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. I then enjoyed a career as a journalist. I was parliamentary reporter for weekly newspaper Hospital Doctor before becoming the publication’s youngest ever Editor, then went on to publish a series of nursing magazines. Still a frustrated actor, I performed regularly in the Guildford/Woking area often in comedy roles.  When the day job got in the way I started writing for theatre – beginning with a play about euthanasia written on my honeymoon, which grabbed the BBC’s attention, leading to commissions from Radio 4. I won the TAPS Comedy Award at BAFTA for writers new to television. Since then, I have written the book element of musicals with various composers and developed screenplays (mainly comedy and mainly for television).

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Simon's professional credits span theatre (plays and musicals) radio (drama and comedy) television and film.  He also writes biographies for people who want to leave a written account of their lives for their loved ones to enjoy.  
Simon studied playwriting at RADA; comedy writing at Birbeck University, London; and has a Masters in Screenwriting from the University of the Arts, London.  Simon is a member of BAFTA, British Actors' Equity and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

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December 2022 - January 2023

World Premiere Production at The Lowry, Claus the Musical tells the incredible story of a human child brought up by immortals in a magical forest. But when Claus discovers there's a whole world beyond the forest inhabited by humans like him, his life takes a different path.  Based on The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L.Frank Baum. With music and lyrics by Andy Collyer.

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Stage Musical - In Development

Adapted from the Bestseller by Carole Matthews, The Chocolate Lovers' Club is about four women who meet in Chocolate Heaven - a coffee shop equivalent where all food and drink is chocolate-based - and become firm friends. But their lives change through a series of 'Chocolate Emergencies' which challenge them beyond their wildest dreams and create an unbreakable bond between them. With music and lyrics by Alexander Bermange.

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Stage Musical - In Development

Widow Cynthia's life is turned upside down when an ex-boyfriend moves in to her retirement village.  
Cynthia's always fancied Ron, he was the one that got away. Now he's next door and they've got a second chance.  But Cynthia's got a secret she has to share first.  Can they get closure on one chapter in their lives before starting another?
With Music by John Farmer.

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Stage Musical - Hope Mill Manchester 2018.
Based on the book by Wendy Salisbury

Producer: Aria Entertainment. With Johanne Murdock, Sharif Afifi (both pictured), Matt Beveridge, Alistair Higgins.
Music and Lyrics by Andy Collyer

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Five episodes BBC television

Relative Stress - with Jacqueline King; In the Driving Seat with Jimmy Akingbola; Managing Expectations with Harvey Virdi; Dolly Mixtures with Deddie Davies; An Unexpected Arrival with Emily Head.

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Television comedy series

A naughty puppy helps a man out of his mid-life crisis

Dan’s kicked out of his girlfriend’s flat because their relationship is going nowhere. Then the man in the flat below dies and leaves Dan his dog in his will. Dan doesn’t like dogs, but he needs somewhere to live. Even if it is beneath his ex-girlfriend, who’s also the local vet. There’s no escape for any of them. 

Shortlisted for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition (2020)

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Radio comedy series

Broadcast on Radio 4 with Letitia Dean (pictured), Susannah Doyle, Phil Cornwell, Julian Rhind Tutt, Maggie McCarthy.
Producer: Tracey Neale

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Radio - Afternoon Play

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 with Susan Tully (pictured), Marcia Warren, Stephen Beresford, Ben Crowe, Liza Sadovy.
Producer: Peter Kavanagh

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