Kevin Fegan

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Other Recent Commissions


  • Winner of the Best New Play Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2011
  • Winner Best Play or Film 2011 Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards
  • Slave (adaptation of book by Mende Nazer & Damien Lewis) for Feelgood Theatre at The Lowry (2010) and tour (2011)


Fireflies - a love story waiting to happen

  • Nominated for Best New Play, Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2011
  • Commissioned & produced by The Lowry in association with Lioneyes TV


The Selkie Boy

Scene from The Selkie Boy

  • Kevin Fegan and Barrow Senior Youth Theatre
  • New stage play for young people commissioned by The Ashton Group
  • Staged at The Forum Theatre, Barrow-in-Furness, February 2010

Ashton Group Theatre logopdf flier

The Ashton Group website


ABC 123

ABC 123 cast

  • Commission by The Ashton Group
  • New stage play for young people, with music by Arun Ghosh
  • Staged at Forum 28 in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, February 16th & 17th 2009

The Ashton Group website


The Forest posterThe Forest

  • New studio play, professional cast at Old Library Studio Mansfield 12-15th March 2008


When Frankenstein Came to Matlock
3rd of 4 commissions by The Palace Theatre, Mansfield
New play for main stage for their Senior Youth Theatre
7-8th Feb 2008

In Denial
'Friday Play' commission, Drama documentary, first Broadcast, 9pm Friday 13th April 2007
BBC Radio 4 Friday Play about miscarriage of justice case, Paul Blackburn

Iron in the Blood
Book launched 31st March 2007 in Ironville, co-written with Roy Bainton
Sequel to my book, 'A Will Of Iron', about the village of Ironville in Derbyshire
Published by Amber Valley Borough Council

Delores De L'Arge
A Chapter 4 youth theatre production, staged 22-23 March 2007 at Mansfield Palace Theatre
The second of 4 stage play commissions by The Palace Theatre, from April 2006-March 2008

Sculptor David Annand commissioned Kevin to create a poem for his public artwork, entitled Amphitheatre, situated on Church St, in Mansfield town centre, Kevin's home town
The poem is sandblasted into the stainless steel structure
Kevin read his poem at the official unveiling of the sculpture on Wednesday 7th February 2007

A Site For Sore Eyes
Staged at The Palace Theatre Mansfield, 28th-30th Sept 2006
The second of 4 stage play commissions by The Palace Theatre, from April 2006-March 2008

Oh Wot A lovely War!
Writer / Deviser of a brand new version of “Oh Wot A lovely War”
Staged at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 2006

The Ghosts Of Crime Lake
A specially commissioned new play for the main stage at Oldham Coliseum Theatre in 2005
Performed by young people from across the various communities of Oldham

Love on the Dole
Dramatisation of Walter Greenwood's famous novel
Staged at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, 2004

Captured Live
Staged at Leicester Haymarket Theatre
Mixed-media, site specific show in Leicester as part of Leicester Expo 2004

The Transit of Venus
Astley Hall, Chorley, Lancs, outdoor show in the grounds of the Hall
Staged in 2004

White Trash
Writer / Deviser for Quarantine Theatre; a "Dirty Ballet of Reality"
Performed at Contact Theatre, Manchester in 2004

Eat Eat
Writer / deviser of a show with refugees at Leicester Guildhall
A co-production between Quarantine Theatre and Leicester Haymarket, staged in 2003

Get Real
Blackpool Grand Theatre Stage play commission, main stage performance 2003
Blast Stage version @ The Contact Theatre
Commissioned by and staged for Manchester Poetry Festival 2002

52 Degrees South
A BIG Theatre production at the Imperial War Museum North as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultureshock programme for July 2002
Funded by Regional Arts Lottery Programme
Written with Andy Farrell
52 Degrees South was the winner of The Manchester Evening News 'Best New Play Award' 2002

A dramatic poem about motorbike racing for the Afternoon Play slot
Performed by Paul McGann, directed by Nadia Molinari
Broadcast in 2002

The Tuner
The Friday Play for BBC Radio 4
Broadcast in 2002 and 2003

Whine Gums
Appeared on BBC3 TV in a new poetry series for television called 'Whine Gums'
Produced by Baby Cow Productions (Henry Normal & Steve Coogan)
The series featured work from 20 leading contemporary poets
First broadcast June 15th 2003

Private Times
2002 10mins short film/trailer for a feature film
A comedy drama set in prison
Shot on 35mm with prisoners and actors, entirely on location in Grendon Prison
A Lonesome Trail Pictures production
North West Vision film award for post-production
Shown @ Cannes 2002

Other Previous Work:

A Visit to Sarajevo
Kevin was granted a travel award by the European Cultural Foundation to visit Sarajevo from 24th Oct - 2nd Nov 2008 to develop theatre projects

Strange Attractors
A collaboration between Contact Theatre, Manchester & Granada Television. The first repertory theatre play about virtual reality, using computer graphics, pre-recorded and live video in the theatre. Arts Council of Great Britain Be Bold Award. 1994. (Best New Play in the Regions - Plays International)

Excess XS
Contact Theatre Manchester. First repertory theatre play about the rave scene. Written in verse and using a D.J. mixing live. 1992. (Best New Play in the Regions - Plays International)

Private Times
The Library Theatre Manchester. Comedy about privatisation of prison. Staged at the same time as the Strangeways Riot. 1990. (Nominated Best New Play, Manchester Evening News). Staged again in 1999 at H.M.Prison Grendon, performed by prisoners.

Rule 43
Cracked Actors Co, toured Britain twice, including 25 British prisons. Play about the effects of long-term jail. 1989 & 90. (Nominated Best New Play, Manchester Evening News)

Seven Tenths
Performed on board Walk the Plank theatre ship. British tours by sea, 1995 & 96. Epic tale of love and the sea. (Nominated Best New Play M.E.News)

Lord Dynamite
Welfare State International. Co-written with John Fox, originally as a community opera in Barrow and re-written three times for a site-specific national tour, including LIFT 91. Enormous outdoor show based on the life of Alfred Nobel. 1990&91.

Matey Boy
Welfare State International. One-man show in verse, written & performed by myself - a young welder trapped in aTrident submarine. Published by Iron Press. National tours in 1990 & 91.

The Clayman
Site specific outdoor show which I wrote and co-produced under El Inocente Productions. Performed at Woolaton Park, Nottingham as an East Midlands Arts / New Arts Work Award production and in Upper Campfield Market, Manchester as a City of Drama festival production. 1994.

Liars, Fakers & People Being Honest
Devised comedy about lies for Talking Pictures. 6 months tour of Britain. 1993. A Leicester Haymarket studio. Play about anarchism. 1989.

McAlpine's Fusilier
Contact Theatre Manchester. Verse play about the Irish in Britain. 1988. (Nominated Best New Play, Manchester Evening News)

Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. A one-act play about the seventies. 1997.

Totally Wired
BIG Theatre production at Contact Theatre in Oct.2000 - originally commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse.

White Van Man
One-act stage play for Ashton Contemporary Theatre Group at Forum Theatre, Barrow-in-Furness, December 2000 as part of the Barramundi cycle of plays.

Major Community Plays

Shipyard Tales
1989-90. I was Resident Dramatist with Welfare State International for 18 months working with a team of artists in Barrow-in-Furness" on a festival of new work. We produced 13 original shows, 2 of which I wrote - a community opera "Lord Dynamite" (with John Fox) and "Matey Boy" which I performed myself. I worked as dramaturg on the rest of the shows, some of which were devised and some original scripts by local writers. I also established a writers group which ran a venue and published work. As Welfare State we also took over and ran a nightclub, producing original material with local people every week for 3 months.

Deckchair Tales
1991-92. I was Playwright working for Opera North in my home town of Mansfield, again working with a team of artists. I worked with local writers over 18 months producing a community opera. The show was written entirely by local people under my guidance.

Game Challenge Level 7
1993. Produced by Contact Theatre and the N.I.A.Centre and performed by the people of Moss Side & Hulme. I wrote a play in 3 parts - 1st part in Contact Theatre, the 2nd part en route to the N.I.A. Centre in Moss Side and the 3rd part in the N.I.A. A play about rites of passage as a computer game, written at a time when the area was known to the media as "Gunchester".

Catch As Catch Can
July 2000. Working over 18 months to write and produce a community play for Haslingden in Rossendale, Lancs. with local regeneration body & Mid-Pennine Arts.

Youth Theatre Plays

Game On
A new stage play commission for Arts-in-Regeneration, Liverpool, at Unity Theatre for July 2002. Youth theatre production by New Heys Community School

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool July 2001 - specially commissioned stage play by Arts-in-Regeneration, Liverpool, performed by approx forty 12-16 year olds from New Heys School.

Get Up And Go
Feb 2000. Warrington Borough Council Millenium Dome project. Stage play for 40 young people performed in the Millenium Dome, London.

Every One A Winner
1988 Notts. County Council Youth Theatre @ Edinburgh Fringe & county tour

Television Shagrila
Lancs 1996 - original comedy drama, pilot episode for B.B.C.1. - centres around ‘Woody' and her mobile kitchen. Co-written with Henry Normal (scriptwriter for Steve Coogan & Caroline Aherne). Executive Producer: Susan Belbin ("One Foot in the Grave"). Not broadcast.

Coronation Street
1998 - Storyline Writer, taking responsibility for storylining full episodes and editing scripts.


Dancing in the Ruins
1997 - a 20 mins. film funded by a Lottery Film Award, a North West Arts Film Award and Granada Television. Shot on super16mm, mixing computer graphics & film - 2 young ravers on a strange night out. I wrote the film and co-produced it with Pomegranate (now Tiger Lily). Premiered at Kino Film Festival and screened for one week at the I.C.A.

BBC Radio 4

2002 - A dramatic poem about motorbike racing for the Afternoon Play slot. Performed by Paul McGann, directed by Nadia Molinari

The Furys
2001 - Woman's Hour drama serial every day for 3 weeks 15x15mins. dramatisation of 5 novels by James Hanley. Starring Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker.

The Tuner
Friday Play. Broadcast in 2002 and 2003. Blast 2001 - 45mins. dramatic poem about Yorkshire steelworkers for afternoon play slot. Nominated for a Sony Award 2002.

In a Grove
lassic serial 2000 - dramatisation of short story by Japanese writer Akutagawa. With Hollywood stars Natascha McElhone, Jack Davenport and Gerard Murphy.

A Dark Corner of Our Democracy
1993 - A Monday Play drama documentary about my involvement with prisoner Anthony Alexandrowicz. Not broadcast.

Upon St.George's Hill
1989 Monday Play - Comedy about a modern-day Diggers group.

The Joke Shop
1985 - Afternoon Play but broadcast late at night. Comedy about government schemes for the young unemployed.

Books & Publications

A Will Of Iron
Poetry collection. An epic poem of the village of Ironville in Derbyshire, commissioned by Amber Valley Borough Council Arts & Health.

Poetry collection. Epic poem commissioned by BBC Radio 4, available from Five Leaves Publications

Poetry collection. Epic poem commissioned by BBC Radio 4, available from Five Leaves Publications

Let Your Left Hand Sing
Poetry collection. Epic poem commissioned by Long Journey Home Festival, available from Five Leaves Publications

Totally Wired
Script published by Plays International January 2001.

Script published by Plays International in 1995.

The Sympathy Card
A play for schools published by John Murray in 1990.

Matey Boy
A dramatic poem published by Iron Press in 1991.

The Space Between Us
Collection of poems published by A Twist in the Tale 1991.

The Blue Balloon
Collection of poems arising from my work as a writer in prisons, published by The Amazing Colossal Press in 1988 and reprinted in 1990.

Some Straights Are All Right
Cassette of performance poetry in the 80's.

Editor of 8 different anthologies of poetry, both regional and national.