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About Stephen Laughton

Stephen is the recipient of the 2019 JB Priestley Award for Young Writers of Promise, and has won a Developing Your Creating Practice Award from Arts Council England to undertake a writing residency within the Astrophysics Department at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. He will be working alongside world renowned astrophysicists Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer and Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson, on developing a new play.

His most recent play ONE JEWISH BOY was the Old Red Lion Theatre’s smash hit of 2018, and transfers to the West End after a national tour in 2020. The play caused controversy with its themes of rising anti-Semitism and was featured heavily in the national and international press. His equally controversial play RUN recently ended a UK tour at The Bunker Theatre. The play has received widespread critical acclaim since its debut at the Vault Festival, and has been nominated for a number of awards. The play tours Benelux in 2019. He is currently developing plays alongside the Manhattan Theatre Company for the Sloan Commission and for JW3 in London. Stephen was recently on attachment to Headlong Theatre, as part of their new Headstart writers’ programme and has been involved with various theatres in the UK – he is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Invitational Writers’ Group and has recently been working with the Royal Court and Kudos Film and TV on a crossover theatre/screenwriter programme. He was member of the Skylines programme at the Hampstead Theatre and part of a series of development workshops with the Young Vic Theatre and SoundBites Theatre. In January 2015, his play, NINE, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre. His first full production, SCREENS, opened at Theatre503 in 2016 to rave reviews.

His screen work includes the award-winning short film RWD/FWD which recently hit over a million views, original series THE HOBBY – which is in development with Three Tables Television, and SOLVENTS – which is in development with Kudos Film and TV. Previous TV projects include BLACK HILL with Lime Pictures, FORWARD with Blacklisted and TUMBLE with Double M Films.

Prior to life as a writer Stephen worked as an Associate Producer on a range of critically acclaimed film and TV productions: projects including the Academy Award shortlisted UNKNOWN WHITE MALE and multi-award-winning TOTTENHAM AYATOLLAH. Stephen co-directed short-film RECOMPENSE, which screened at the BFI and was an official selection for the New York Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Directorial Debut in the Short Film Category.

ASSOCIATE WRITER CREDITS
  • American Museum of Natural History (2019) Writer-in-Residence
  • Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Film and TV (2017/18) Emerging Writer Programme
  • Headlong Theatre (2015/2016) HeadStart Programme
  • Young Vic Theatre (2014) SoundByte Workshops
  • Hampstead Theatre (2013) SkyLines Project
SELECTED WORKS
  • Black Hill (2013/14) TV Development with Lime Pictures
  • 9 Lives (2015): Arcola Theatre
  • Forward (2016) TV Development with Blacklisted Films
  • Screens (2016): Theatre503.
  • RWD/FWD(2016): Fully Focussed Films
  • Run (2016-19): Vault Festival, UK tour ending at The Bunker Theatre. European Tour.
  • The Hobby (2018): TV Development with Three Tables
  • One Jewish Boy (2018-2020): Old Red Lion Theatre, Trafalgar Studios (West End Transfer)
PUBLISHED WORKS
  • RUN – Plays from Vault (2016) Nick Hern Books
  • RUN – (Single Edition (2017) Nick Hern Books
  • ONE JEWISH BOY (2018) Nick Hern Books
  • THREE (2018) Nick Hern Books
RECENT REVIEWS
‘Laughton delivers a powerful vision of where we are at the moment’ Aleks Sierz
★★★★★ THE JEWISH NEWS ★★★★★ LGBTQ ARTS REVIEW
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★★★★ ATTITUDE MAGAZINE ★★★★ REVIEWS HUB ★★★★ THE UPCOMING
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Highly Recommended EXEUNT MAGAZINE
‘If there’s a tension between sexuality and faith, Laughton’s drama doesn’t depend on bringing that clash to a head. Run’s not a ‘God or Gays’ play. It’s more complex: an examination of inter-sectional identities’ Matt Trueman
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