Colin Teevan

Playwright, translator and television drama writer
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Biography

Colin Teevan is a celebrated playwright, translator and writer for screen. He recently created, wrote and was co-executive producer of Rebellion, seasons 1 and 2 (currently in post-production), for RTE, Sundance TV and Netflix. Rebellion is a serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland between 1913-23. Charlie, Colin's three original films about Charles Haughey, were also broadcasted on RTE, starring Aidan Gillen, who won an IFTA for Best Performance, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor. His other work for television include Silk (BBC) starring Maxine Peake, Vera starring Brenda Blethyn and Single Handed (ITV). Colin currently has several new projects in development.

Colin's theatre pieces have been produced by many leading British theatres including the National, the Young Vic, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland. These include his radical adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus which ran on the West End starring Kit Harrington in 2016 after productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and was lauded as ‘a thing of beauty to watch’ by The Independent. 

His recent adaptation of Kapuscinski’s The Emperor starring Olivier Award winner, Kathryn Hunter and directed by German director Walter Meierjohann completed sell out runs at Young Vic, London, Home Manchester and Grand Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg and won Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2017. His play about Irish immigrants in London, The Kingdom, ran at the Soho Theatre in 2012 and was hailed as ‘a fiercely intense and haunting production’ by The Independent. The Bee, co-created with legendary Japanese director Hideki Noda, and starring Noda and Hunter had two runs at the Soho Theatre, a tour in New York, an extensive tour in Japan and played again in Paris and the Theatre National de Chaillot in spring 2014. His new version of Peer Gynt, for the National Theatre of Scotland, played Dundee Rep, toured Scotland and was later revived at the Barbican. 

In 2009, Colin adapted Franz Kafka's Report to An Academy for the Young Vic, where it appeared as the critically acclaimed play, Kafka's Monkey also starring Hunter and directed Meierjohann. It went on to enjoy a second run at the Young Vic and a hit world tour, including the Bouffes du Nord in Paris and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York. Colin’s play There Was A Man, There Was No Man was produced by the Tricycle as part of their season on the atomic bomb, following on from his collaboration with the theatre on The Lion of Kabul which formed part of their Great Game festival on Afghanistan which toured the US giving a command performance for the Pentagon. 

Colin's other work includes the award winning stage and radio play How Many Miles to Basra?, Missing Persons; Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Trafalgar Studios) and translations of The Bacchai, Iphigenia in Aulis, from Greek, Cuckoos, Marathon, from Italian, and adaptations of Svejk, Don Quixote, and Monkey! (The Journey to the West)

Colin’s plays are published by Oberon Books.

CV

TV

Writer & Executive Producer

 

Series Two of the serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. 

Touchpaper, Zodiak Media Ireland for RTE
 
ProducerCatherine Magee, Jane Gogan
DirectorAku Louhimies,
Starring
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Sarah Greene
  • Brian Gleeson
  •  
    A returning serial that charts the birth of the Irish nation; the beginning of the end of the British empire, and the creation of Northern Ireland from perspective of a group of friends who lived it.
    Touchpaper, Zodiak Media Ireland for RTE
     

    Writer

    Charlie
    3 x 90'
    DirectorKenneth Glenaan
    Starring
  • Aiden Gillan
  • Tom Vaughn-Lawlor
  •  

    A trilogy of 90-minute dramas charting the emergence of modern Ireland through the mesmeric Charles J Haughey-Ireland's legendary leader and Teisoch- and his personal pursuit of power, wealth and glamour.

    Touchpaper/Element for RTE
     
    CreatorBarry Simner, Rob Pursey
    ProducerClare Alan
    Starring
  • David Herlihy
  • Simone Lahbib
  • Owen McDonnell
  • Sean McGuley
  •  

    Episode of the second series of the police drama set on the West Coast of Ireland starring Owen McDonnell. 

    Touchpaper for RTE / ITV
     
    ProducerMatt Strevens
    DirectorMichael Keillor
    Starring
  • Maxine Peake
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Francis Barber
  • Miranda Raison
  •  

    Series 3 episode 3 of popular legal drama. 

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Vera
    1 x 90'
    Starring
  • Brenda Blethyn
  •  

    Crime drama for ITV starring Brenda Blethyn as DI Vera Stanhope, from the novels by Ann Cleeves.

    ITV Studios for ITV
     

    Creator

    Micks
    6 x 60
    ProducerAnne Picevic
     

    Irish migrant workers rise to riches through fair means and foul in post war London.

    BBC in house
    In development
     
    ProducerGeorge Ormond
     

    Original commission for BBC. A young woman doctor returns to the town she grew up in rural Wales to take up practice as the local GP.

    BBC Wales
    In development
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    Adaptor 
    CreatorRyszard Kapuściński
    DirectorWalter Meierjohann
     

    "His Majesty knew that a joke was a

    dangerous form of opposition."

    Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter
    brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse
    of absolute power - from the team behind the international success Kafka’s
    Monkey. 

    The Young Vic
     
    ProducerWest Yorkshire Playhouse and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
    DirectorDominic Hill
    Starring
  • Kevin Trainor
  • Siobhan Redmond
  •  
    Christopher Marlowe's mythic tale of mankind's greed for power gets a modern day twist from Colin Teevan.
     
    ProducerSoho Theatre
    DirectorLucy Pitman-Wallace
     
    The Kingdom vividly captures life as an Irish navvy in the last century – a time of immigration, violence, sex, triumph and, ultimately, tragedy.
    Soho Theatre
     
    ProducerTheatre 503
    DirectorDerek Bond
    Starring
  • Ayesha Antoine
  • Simon Darwen
  • Georgia King
  • Rob Ostlere
  •  
    Part of Theatre 503's Playlist group of short plays inspired by favourite pieces of music, which premiered at Latitude Festival 2010 and then had a run at Theatre 503
    Latitude Festival
     
    ProducerTricycle Theatre
    DirectorNicolas Kent
     

    Part of Tricycle's season on the atomic bomb. When an Israeli and Iranian scientist meet at a conference in Jordan, their meeting has major repercussions for their professional lives, their families and their nations.

    Tricycle Theatre
     
    DirectorNicholas Kent & Indu Rubasingham
    Starring
  • Lolita Chakrabati
  •  
    Play about two Afghan aid workers who disappear whilst distributing rice
    Tricycle Theatre
     
    ProducerDebra Hauer
    DirectorPaul Heritage
    Starring
  • Diogo De Brito Sales
  • Daniel Cerqueira
  • Meline Danielewicz
  • Jeffrey Kisson
  •  
    Play set in the Amazon and inspired by the life and politics of the Brazilian folk hero Chico Mendes
    The Young Vic
     
    DirectorHideki Noda
    Starring
  • Harry Gostelow
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • Hideki Noda
  • Glyn Pritchard
  •  
    Fourth play in a series of contemporary Noh plays about a woman who is found wandering the streets of Fuchu city with burnt hands and no clue as to her identity
    Soho Theatre
     
    DirectorHideki Noda
    Starring
  • Tony Bell
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • Hideki Noda
  • Glyn Pritchard
  •  
    Play based on a story by Yasutaka Tsutsui about a man who comes home to find his wife and child being held hostage by an escaped murderer.
    Soho Theatre
     
    DirectorIan Brown
    Starring
  • Emilio Doorgasingh
  • Gareth Farr
  • Matthew Flynn
  • Gwilym Havard Davies
  •  
    Play set in Iraq following four British soldiers, a BBC reporter and their Iraqi translator as they embark on an unauthorised mission to make amends for the death of three Bedouin
    Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse
     
    ProducerEleanor Lloyd
    DirectorSarah Chew
    Starring
  • Greg Hicks
  •  
    Collection of monologues based on Greek myths
    Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
     
    DirectorColin Teevan
    Starring
  • Clare Higgins
  •  
    Commissioned to open the Onassis Programme for the performance of Greek drama the play explores the bleak separation of mother and child
    Oxford Playhouse
     
    Starring
  • Claudia Sermbezis
  •  
    National Theatre Studio
     
    DirectorMick Gordon
    Starring
  • Aicha Kossoko
  • Jan Knightley
  • Elliot Levey
  • Inika Leigh Wright
  •  
    Play based on the popular classic of Asian literature which sees us follow Monkey as he struggles to redeem himself after causing chaos in heaven
    Young Vic Theatre
     
    DirectorMick Gordon
    Starring
  • Michael Culkin
  • Declan Conlon
  • Monica Dolan
  • Clare Higgins
  •  
    Play set on Christmas Eve about a couple waiting for the arrival of their son and his new bride
    National Theatre
     
     
    Political satre following the wastrel son of a dying Major
    White Memorial Theatre, Clonmel, Ireland
     
    ProducerGalloglass
    DirectorSimon Bayly
     
    A black comedy set on a cancer ward based on the French Medieval Mardi Gras play Le Bataile de Charnau contre Caresme
    Abymil Theatre
     
    DirectorDominic Hill
    WriterHenrik Ibsen
    Starring
  • Keith Fleming
  • Gerry Mulgrew
  •  
    Modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic verse play
    Dundee Rep Theatre
     

    Assistant Director & Production Dramaturg

    DirectorPeter Hall
    WriterJohn Barton
    Starring
  • Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Alan Dobie
  • Greg Hicks
  • Annalee Jefferies
  •  
    Colin also wrote some new material for Sir Peter Hall's production of John Barton's ten-play cycle examining the beginnings, climax and aftermath of the Trojan War
    Denver Centre for the Performing Arts
     

    Executive Producer

    Radio

    Writer

    Marathon Tales
    Tinniswood Award
    1 x 90
    2013
     

    Winner of the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama script 2014. Original 90 minute play for Radio 3 about professional and amateur marathon runners across time, co-written by Hannah Silva.

    Production Company BBC in house
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    Myrrha
    1 x 45'
    2008
    DirectorJeremy Mortimer
    Starring
  • Naill Baggy
  • Derbhle Crotty
  • Toby Jones
  • Gerard McSorley
  •  
    Part of the New Metamorphoses season of contermpoary reworkings of Ovid's Tales, Myrrah is a 16 year who was abandoned as a baby and is now in the grip of a terrible passion
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    DirectorToby Swift
     
    Full length original play for Radio 3 set in Iraq
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
     
    Contemporary dramatic verse monologue for The Verb
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    ProducerJulian May
     
    An epic poem for BBC3's The Verb
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    ProducerRob Ketteridge
     
    Monologue for The Verb, BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    Tricycles
    1 x 60'
    2002
    DirectorToby Swift
     
    Fast paced original play that dips in and out of everyday lives in Belfast to create a picture of the city and its people
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    IPH
    1 x 60'
    2001
    ProducerStephen Wright
     
    Radio version of Colin's stage play of the same name for BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    ProducerDanny Readon
     
    Orginal full length play for RTE

    Broadcaster RTE
     
    Le Grande Large
    1 x 60'
    1993
     
    Radio version of Colin's stage play, translated into French by Alexandra Poulain

    Broadcaster Radio France Culture
     
    Massistonia
    1 x 90'
    2010
    ProducerToby Swift
     
    Original play for BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC Radio 3
    In development