"The play is somewhere between me and the world; my job is to find it."
'The Minotaur' was comissioned by Polka, London and Young People's theatre, Toronto. It was shortlisted for the Dora's and the Offie's
Kevin has written over 60 commissioned plays.
Many have been shortlisted for or won prizes.
Three of his plays are published by Aurora Metro. (The Iranian Feast, The Monster Under the Bed, The Bomb).
'The Monster Under the Bed' was selected by The Kennedy Center, Washington, as one of their best 25 plays over the last 25 years and is published in the book of that name.
In ‘Best 50 plays for Young People’ published by Aurora Metro, Kevin has three plays: 'The Monster Under the Bed’, ‘Hidden' and ‘The Bomb’.
‘A Field of Blackbirds’ – about a family fleeing from Kosovo – is published by Argraff in ‘Playing Out’.
Other plays include:
'Lady Chatterley's Lover' An adaptation of Lawrence's novel. ('Brilliantly imaginative' The Scotsman. 'Unquestionable integrity of purpose' The Guardian. 'Beautiful, sensitive, imaginative' Time Out)
'Baghdad Zoo' for the York Theatre Royal, Dundee Rep, Polka and Plymouth Theatre Royal Playhouse project.
'The Bridge' for Dundee Rep.
'Thank God for Cod!' About the myth of man trying to catch the biggest fish in the sea. Includes deep-fat frying and feeding the audience.
‘Brilliance’ a magical play about the woman who brings electricity and light.
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' A re-imagining of Coleridge's poem. Short listed for the Brian Way Award.
‘Giving it Back’ for BBC Radio Four.
‘Driving Home For Christmas’ for BBC Radio Wales.
'Gogo' and 'Tselane's Song' for Vulavulani Theatre Co (Soweto) and ATT.
'Till Death Do Us Part' Using the poetry and the performance of Neil Rollinson as part of the Arts Council England Live Literature Showcase.
'Angel', 'Night Train' (co-written), 'Generations', 'A Million Shades of Pink' (co-written), '12 Miles from Nowhere' (co-written) ‘Scooter Race’ (co-written) and a dozen more – for ATT.
Four plays for YPT Toronto including, ‘Minotaur’, ‘Under The Stairs' and ‘The Monster Under the Bed’.
Five large-scale outdoor plays for the Dukes Lancaster ('Beauty and the Beast', 'Jason and the Argonauts', 'Merlin and the Adventures of King Arthur', 'Robin Hood' and 'The Hobbit’).
Five Christmas plays for the Unity Liverpool and ATT (‘Rumplestiltskin', 'Princess and the Pea’, ‘The Pied Piper’, 'Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’ and ’The Jungle Book’).
His plays are distributed in North America by Plays for Young Audiences.
Kevin Dyer is the Associate Writer at Action Transport Theatre.
He works as a dramaturg and leads inspirational sessions for writers and people who want to write.
'The Monster Under the Bed’ won The Writers’ Guild Best Play for Children and Young Audiences Award and was also shortlisted for the Brian Way and John Whiting Award Awards.
Kevin is funded by Wales Arts International and the International Opportunities Fund to work in the heart of New York and Toronto.
He has recently written his first novel, ‘Marion’.
His first book of poetry ‘Love is a Four-Letter Word’ goes to print later this year.
Under the yew tree in the garden
waiting for my fingers
in the litter of needles
hiding quiet in the shadow of a derelict tree house
comes the archaeology of two boys.
One a dead shot, the other the player of sweet tunes.
Buried, forgotten, these sediments of then,
primitive tools for children’s fingers, artefacts of early men.
Fossily toys, now accidentally unearthed.
And I finger off the dirt, lay them out like bodies exhumed
or bones discovered or detectored treasure. On a kitchen towel.
Precisely. Purposefully. To see again the beginning of things.