Andy Barrett

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Plays and Scripts, Writing for Children

Writer Biography

Andy Barrett writes for stage and radio. He has a long running relationship with the Nottingham Playhouse, having had ‘The Day That Kevin Came’ and ‘Garage Band’ produced by the theatre, and this year will see his version of Ibsen’s ‘The League of Youth’, which will be the first ever professional production of the play in the U.K. He is also a regular collaborator with New Perspectives. ‘The Allotment’ was short listed for the Amnesty International award and ‘Dolly’, the ‘country and western meets cloning musical’ recently toured to rave reviews (‘It makes you proud to be British. A real original’ The Times; ‘Fresh, funny and intelligent…It’s quite an achievement’ The Stage). His most recent play ‘The Story Traders of Sichuan’, a dual language script, toured across the country last Autumn and was the first ever Western Sichuan Opera (performed by a regional cast and members of the Sichuan Opera Troupe of Chengdu).
As co-artistic director of community theatre company Hanby and Barrett he has written and co-directed over twenty five shows that have been performed in a wide range of unusual locations across the region and which have involved hundreds and hundreds of local people in exploring the stories of the communities in which they live often in a truly spectacular fashion.
His work for Radio Four includes ‘The Perfect Wood’ with Stephanie Cole and Geoffrey Palmer, a Women’s Hour serial, and an adaptation of ‘The Adventures and Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’ starring Tim McInnerney.


Selected Publications

The League of Youth to be published by Nick Hern Books, May 2011

Performances & Workshops

Available for workshops in improvisation, writing for radio and creating site specific theatre; as well as more general theatre writing sessions.

Prizes & Awards

Sony Radio Award for ‘Lily’s Year’s.
Shortlisted for the Amnesty International Award for ‘The Allotment’.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    I have run workshops and courses for all ages from early years drama, to primary and secondary writing and theatre sessions, to adult education courses.

    I am currently working for the University of Nottingham as a research partner exploring the impact of community theatre practice.

    As a performer I have created and performed monologue pieces across the East Midlands dealing with issues around regional identity and regeneration.

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