Paul Hodson

// Writer-Director

Paul Hodson has written and directed for theatre for over 30 years. After studying drama at the University of Kent at Canterbury he ran the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton and formed Brighton Theatre Events which toured new plays around the UK for 20 years. He has also written over a hundred episodes of broadcast television drama, but is feeling better now.

Paul won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006 for MEETING JOE STRUMMER (“Theatre’s ‘High Fidelity’” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian), which he also directed. Paul has adapted many books for the stage, including Nick Hornby’s FEVER PITCH (“Hits the back of the net” The Independent) which played the Arts Theatre, London and toured the UK for 6 years. He also adapted (and directed) Bill Bryson’s books THE LOST CONTINENT (“Is all Fringe this good? If only” The Observer), NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND and DOWN UNDER (national tours produced by G+J Productions, Mark Goucher, Mark Rubinstein and Brighton Theatre Events, starring Steve Steen).

In 2007 Paul adapted and directed HOW STEEPLE SINDERBY WANDERERS WON THE FA CUP for New Perspectives Theatre Company. Original work includes BRIGHTON ‘TIL I DIE ! (“A sellout audience of football fans delivered a standing ovation, wiping tears on their sleeves, unselfconsciously reaching across the stage boundary to shake hands with the actors” Observer,) Gardner ArtsCentre, University of Sussex; PRETTY VACANT, (Critics’ Choice, Time Out) a play with songs about punk rock survivors (two national tours and Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe, produced by Brighton Theatre Events) and TEENAGE KICKS about John Peel, (“Paul Hodson demonstrates a real understanding of what makes a hero of popular culture” The Stage) Mark Goucher Productions, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

In 2009 he formed the future is unwritten with Jackie Alexander and has written and directed all their shows: MEETING JOE STRUMMER, THIRTEEN, DON’T SHOOT THE CLOWNS, BRIGHTON ’TIL I DIE, WAY OUT WEST, FEVER PITCH and ENGLAND AWAY.

As well as work with TFIU Paul works as a freelance director and dramaturge: in 2013 he directed GARAGE BAND by Andy Barrett at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, worked with Victoria Melody on MAJOR TOM, and was dramaturge and co-director for Stillpoint Theatre’s THE MOON PROJECT.