John Constable

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Photograph: John Higgs

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Agent: Robert Kirby
Assistant: Kate Walsh

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Having read English at Queens College, Cambridge (BA, MA), John Constable travelled widely in the
Far East, then toured Europe with the theatre groups Sheer Madness - in the prize-winning
SHAKESPEARE'S GREATEST HITS - Samba Salad, and Kaktus, who produced his play Space Monkey.
 
John's many plays include BLACK MAS, TULIP FUTURES and the stage adaptations of Mervyn Peake's
GORMENGHAST and Paul Theroux’s THE MOSQUITIO COAST. His radio adaptations of John Wyndham’s
novels THE KRAKEN WAKES and CHOCKY were released on DVD in the BBC’s Classic Radio Sci-fi series.
Solo shows include I WAS AN ALIEN SEX GOD, RAINGODS BECOME ME and SPARE, inspired by the artist
and occultist Austin Osman Spare.
 
THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES, his epic cycle of contemporary Mystery Plays, was first performed in
Shakespeare's Globe and Southwark Cathedral on Easter Sunday, 23rd April 2000. A new
production, directed by Sarah Davey-Hull, was performed in Southwark Cathedral in April 2010
with a professional core cast and crew and a hundred-strong community cast. There were free
open-air performances of scenes from the play at The Scoop, More London.
 
John Constable’s SHA-MANIC PLAYS, his adaptation of GORMENGHAST, THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES and
SECRET BANKSIDE - WALKS IN THE OUTLAW BOROUGH are all published by Oberon Books. His poetry
collection SPARK IN THE DARK is published by Thin Man Press. An Arts Council residency at
Winchester Cathedral produced his prose-poem Time Out Of Mind, published online by
 
John regularly conducts unusual historic walks around Borough and Bankside and in the City of
London festival. Some of these innovative tours are in the form of promenade performances - such
as his Dragon Quest, developed for Mental Fight Club. He also leads bespoke private tours.
 
In this John Crow persona, he has performed his poetry world-wide and hosted events such as The
Palace of Wisdom, the all-night poetry tent at the Glastonbury Festival. He also conducts the
annual Halloween of Cross Bones site-specific performances and monthly Vigils, and has
established a shrine and a Garden of Remembrance on the site of the old outcasts' burial ground.
 
Audio-recordings include: THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES and GOOSE & CROW: SPIRIT SONGS - a new
collection of his songs performed with George Hoyle and Katy Carr.
 
As Artistic Director of SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES (2004-11), John Constable directed many guided
walks, workshops and community drama performances, using the arts to help people connect with
and creatively respond to their inner-city environment. He wrote the libretto for SOUTH OF THE RIVER, a community opera commissioned by the ENO. He is also patron of REWRITE, a charity
bringing together young people from different backgrounds to fight prejudice and injustice,
particularly surrounding refuge and asylum, through the power of drama and creative writing.
 
In November 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by London South Bank University for
services to the arts and community: 'for his vision and imagination, for his deep commitment to
our local area, for his work in reclaiming lost histories and, above all, for his belief in the
transformative power of writing and drama...'

Non-Fiction

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SECRET BANKSIDE - WALKS IN THE OUTLAW BOROUGH

Oberon Books

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Oberon Books

Poetry

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Thin Man Press

Film, TV & Theatre

Having read English at Queens College, Cambridge (BA, MA), John Constable travelled widely in the Far East, then toured Europe with the theatre groups Sheer Madness - in the prize-winning SHAKESPEARE'S GREATEST HITS - Samba Salad, and Kaktus, who produced his play SPACE MONKEY.
 
John's many plays include BLACK MAS, TULIP FUTURES and the stage adaptations of Mervyn Peake's GORMENGHAST and Paul Theroux’s THE MOSQUITO COAST. His radio adaptations of John Wyndham’s novels THE KRAKEN WAKES and CHOCKY were released on DVD in the BBC’s Classic Radio Sci-fi series. Solo shows include I WAS AN ALIEN SEX GOD, RAINGODS BECOME ME and SPARE, inspired by the artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare.
 
THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES, his epic cycle of contemporary Mystery Plays, was first performed in Shakespeare's Globe and Southwark Cathedral on Easter Sunday, 23rd April 2000. A new production, directed by Sarah Davey-Hull, was performed in Southwark Cathedral in April 2010 with a professional core cast and crew and a hundred-strong community cast. There were free
open-air performances of scenes from the play at The Scoop, More London.
 
John Constable’s SHA-MANIC PLAYS, his adaptation of GORMENGHAST, THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES and SECRET BANKSIDE - WALKS IN THE OUTLAW BOROUGH are all published by Oberon Books. His poetry collection SPARK IN THE DARK is published by Thin Man Press. His poems appear in URBAN SHAMANISM (Outside Poets), an anthology of four London poets, along with the work of Aidan Dun, Niall McDevitt and David Amery.  An Arts Council residency at Winchester Cathedral produced his prose-poem TIME OUT OF MIND, published online by ArchiTEXTS: http://www.art-architecture.co.uk/architexts/?location_id=21

 

John pioneered and regularly conducts unusual historical and literary walks around Borough and Bankside and in the City of London. Some of these innovative tours are in the form of promenade performances - such as SHAKESPEARE'S BANKSIDE and THE MYSTERIES PILGRIMAGE. His hugely popular DRAGON QUEST was developed for Mental Fight Club. He also leads bespoke private tours.

 

In his John Crow persona, he has performed his poetry world-wide and hosted events such as THE PALACE OF WISDOM, the all-night poetry tent at the Glastonbury Festival. He also conducts the annual HALLOWEEN OF CROSSBONES site-specific performances and monthly vigils, and has established a shrine and a Garden of Remembrance on the site of Crossbones, the outcasts' burial ground. He has given many talks on literature and magic, and appeared on Robin Ince's panel discussion THE MAGICK OF ART: THE WIZARDRY OF THIN WHITE DUKES at the Latitude Festival.

 
Audio-recordings include: THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES and GOOSE & CROW: SPIRIT SONGS - a new collection of his songs performed with George Hoyle and Katy Carr.
 
As Artistic Director of SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES (2004-11), John Constable directed many guided walks, workshops and community drama performances, using the arts to help people connect with and creatively respond to their inner-city environment. He wrote the libretto for SOUTH OF THE RIVER, a community opera commissioned by the ENO. He is also patron of REWRITE, a charity bringing together young people from different backgrounds to fight prejudice and injustice, particularly surrounding refuge and asylum, through the power of drama and creative writing.
 
In November 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by London South Bank University for services to the arts and community: 'for his vision and imagination, for his deep commitment to our local area, for his work in reclaiming lost histories and, above all, for his belief in the transformative power of writing and drama...'

Radio

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CHOCKY

Radio 4 / BBC Worldwide

THE KRAKEN WAKES

Radio 4 / BBC Worldwide

Theatre

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SPARE

White Bear Theatre, Kennington

Director: Di Sherlock
Solo Show

THE SOUTHWARK MYSTERIES

Shakespeare's Globe / Southwark Cathedral

Director: Sarah Davey

THE GOOSE AT LIBERTY

Southwark Playhouse

Director: John Constable

I WAS AN ALIEN SEX GOD

BAC / Edinburgh Fringe / Komedia Brighton / Grahamstown Festival (Cape Town)

Director: Di Sherlock
Solo Show

ICEMAN

Brute Farce / White Bear Theare, Kennington

Director: Phil Graham
Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award

THE FALSE HAIRPIECE

Proteus Theatre Company / Southwark Playhouse

Director: Chris Baldwin

THE MOSQUITO COAST

David Glass Ensemble

Director: David Glass
Young Vic & Tour

TULIP FUTURES

Soho Theatre Company

Director: Abigail Morris
Nominated for the Peggy Ramsay Award

GORMENGHAST

David Glass Ensemble

Director: David Glass
Lyric Hammersmith UK & International British Council Tours

DEAD MAN'S HANDLE

Soho Theatre Company

Director: Alex Perrin

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES

Proteus Theatre Tour

Director: James Brining

THE COMPLETE CASANOVA

Proteus / Horseshoe Theatre Tour / Warehouse Theatre Croydon

Director: John Constable

HOT FONDUE

RADA

Director: Roland Rees
RADA Student Production

THE FIT UP

Nuffield Theatre Southampton

Director: Justin Greene
Originally commissioned by the Bush Theatre

BLACK MAS

Foco Novo / Albany Empire / Hampstead New End / UK Tour

Director: Roland Reed