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He has always written, even before he could write.

John Clarke established himself in 2002 when he graduated from the prestigious Royal Court's Young Writers Programme.  He has First Class Honours Degree in English from King's College London and an MA in Language Acquisition from the University of Essex.


John's work including poems have been published in magazines FIRE, Still, The Affectionate Punch, along with work in poetry and writing anthologies.

John is passionate about diversifying theatre audiences and bringing stories to the stage that are unknown or forgotten. He believes theatre can change our future and is a supporter of emerging playwrights through the 8th Wonder Creative Exchange.

John Clarke - Playwright

Creative Works


Full Length Plays

Giving as the World Gives,  2002, Royal Court Young Writers Programme
In, (dir. Julian Ollive), 2003, rehearsed reading at Royal Court Theatre

Circle To No Place, 2004, second round of Verity Bargate Award

Vulnerable Woman, 2013

Loving Offline, 2013

•Play [title anonymous], 2013,  submitted to Bruntwood Prize

Fringes, 2013, play in development
Turakina, 2013, play in development. 

Short Plays

Here I Am, (dir. Clara Armand), 2004, rehearsed reading at Stratford Circus, also adapted for film
Limit, (dir. Clara Armand). 2005, rehearsed reading at Stratford Circus
The Glint At Midday,  2012, rehearsed reading at Todmorden Hippodrome
Barefoot, (dir. Barrie English,), 2013, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Female Picasso, 2013

Without Resistance, 2013

Travelling North, to appear at Halifax Playhouse, Autumn 2013

Fruits of the Forest, 2013
Tell Me Something About Politics, 2013


​•2004 - Collaboration with Martin Romanella on the film Ciudades Dormitorio

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