Roy Williams - Writer
Roy began writing plays in 1990 and is now arguably one of the country's leading dramatists. In 2000 he was the joint-winner of the George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List. His play, Sucker Punch, received the award for Best Play at the Writers Guild awards in 2011, and it was nominated for Best Play at the Olivier Awards in 2011 winning the Olivier for Best Choreography.
His plays include Advice For the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre); an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
(Pilot Theatre/UK tour); Sucker Punch (Royal Court - Olivier Award nomination for Best Play & Winner of the Best Play Writers Guild Awards of Great Britain, 2011); Category B (Tricycle); Angel House
(Eclipse Theatre/UK tour); Days of Significance (RSC); Joe Guy (Soho Theatre/Tiata Fahodzi); There's Only One Wayne Matthews (Polka Theatre); Baby Girl (National Theatre Connections); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Little Sweet Thing (Nottingham Playhouse/Eclipse Theatre UK tour); Slow Time (National Theatre Education); Fallout (Royal Court); Sing Yer Heart Out For the Lads (National Theatre); Clubland (Royal Court); The Gift (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle); Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre); Souls (Theatre Centre); Lift Off (Royal Court); Starstruck (Tricycle - Winner of John Whiting Award, Alfred Fagon Award and EMMA Award for Best Play); Josie's Boy (Red Ladder Theatre Co.); Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre)The No-Boys Cricket Club and Kingston 14 (both Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and an adaptation of Antigone (Pilot Theatre/UK tour). Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye (Royal & Derngate Northampton/Hackney Empire co-production) The Firm (Hampstead Theatre) He also contributed to the Royal Court's Peckham: The Soap Opera.
Television work includes Let It Snow (Endor Productions/Sky); Fallout (Company Pictures/Channel 4, Screen Nation Award for Achievement in Screenwriting); Offside (BBC, Winner of BAFTA Children's Film & TV Award for Best Schools Drama) , Babyfather (BBC) and Soon Gone: The Windrush Chronicles (BBC) For film he has co-written Fast Girls (DJ Films).
Radio work includes adaptations of ER Braithwaite's A Choice of Straws and To Sir With Love as well as original plays Tell Tale and Homeboys. He has also created and written seven series of The Interrogation for BBC Radio 4.
Roy Alexander Weise - Director
Roy Alexander Weise was the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. Roy was nominated at the 2018 Evening Standard Awards for the ‘Emerging Talent’ Award.
Director credits for Theatre includes: The Trick (Bush Theatre and UK Tour); Nine Night (National Theatre & West End), Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre); The Dark (Fuel Theatre); The Mountaintop (Young Vic and UK Tour); Br’er Cotton (Theatre 503); Heretic Voices (Arcola Theatre); Jekyll and Hyde (National Youth Theatre); The Ugly One (Park Theatre); Zero for the Young Dudes (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections); Primetime (Royal Court); and Stone Face (Finborough Theatre).
Assistant Director credits for Theatre includes: Hangmen (Royal Court and West End); X, Escaped Alone, You For Me For You, Primetime 2015, Violence and Son, Liberian Girl (Royal Court); Albion, We Are Proud To Present… (Bush Theatre); and The Serpent’s Tooth (Talawa /Almeida Theatre).
Trainee Director credits for Television includes: Invisible (Red Room/Ballet Boys/Channel 4).
Roy is an Associate Artist of the Donmar Warehouse.
Roy has previously worked at the Royal Court as the Trainee Director, at the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as the BBC Theatre Fellow and at The Red Room as Associate Artist.