Robin
French

Playwright and writer for film and television

Robin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and was produced at the Royal Court, where it earned an extended run. Subsequent productions include Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall), The Red Helicopter (Almeida), Heather Gardner (Birmingham Rep), The Get Out (The Royal Court), and Musical Differences (National Theatre Connections). His new play Crooked Dances will be produced by the RSC this summer, followed by another new play Rebel Music at Birmingham Rep in September.

Robin’s short film Crocodile won awards at Cannes, Encounters, and Guanajuato festival in Mexico, and was BIFA nominated for Best British short. Alongside his friend Kieron Quirke, Robin also co-created and wrote five series of the hit BBC sitcom Cuckoo, starring Greg Davies, Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner and Andi MacDowell. Cuckoo was BBC3's biggest rating comedy launch and garnered nominations both at BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards. Robin and Kieron’s credits also include creating and writing thirteen-part US sitcom series Roommates (ABC Family) and eight-part mystery drama Trinity (ITV2), starring Charles Dance and Claire Skinner.

Robin is currently developing new drama projects for television. When not writing, he enjoys working on his indie/samba band Sugarcane.

CV

Television

Writer & Creator 

Treatment Commission


Company Pictures

Treatment Commission


Balloon

Treatment commission. 

Eleven
In Development
Starring
  • Greg Davies
  • Andy Samberg
  • Taylor Lautner
  • Andie Macdowell
  • Esther Smith
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Tyger Drew-Honey
  • Hugely successful BBC sitcom, co-created with Kieron Quirke.

    Roughcut for BBC 3 / BBC One

    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke

    Fudge Park for BBC
    In development
    Producer Simon Maxwell
    Co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    Red Arrow for BBC3
    In development
    Bash
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Starring
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Kevin McNally
  • Daisy Haggard
  • Rasmus Hardiker
  • Ben Wilbond
  • Leo Bill
  • Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    BBC3
    Ineligible Bachelors
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    Tiger Aspect
    In development
    Saranormal
    Pilot for 8 x 30'
    Comedy, co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    NBC
    In development
    Trinity
    8 x 60'
    Starring
  • Charles Dance
  • Claire Skinner
  • Christian Cooke
  • Drama Series. 
    Co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    Rough Cut for ITV 2
    The Phoenix
    Pilot for 6 x 30'

    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke

    Warp
    In development
    Roommates
    13 x 30'
    Starring
  • Dorian Brown
  • Tommy Dewey
  • Tyler Francavilla
  • Tamera Mowry
  • American-set sitcom co-created and written with Kieron Quirke
    ABC Family
    Episode writer with Kieron Quirke on the animated sitcom
    Film Roman for ABC Family
    Starring
  • Nick Frost
  • Daisy Haggard
  • Amanda Abbington
  • Nick Burns
  • Script Editor and writer 
    Talkback Thames for BBC3

    Writer 

    Treatment Commission


    Theatre

    Writer 

    New commission 

    RSC
    Connections/National Theatre
    Creator Co-created with Anthony Nielson
    Writer Co-written with Anthony Nielson

    A new late-night revue style show conceived by writers Robin French and Anthony Neilson


    Royal Court Theatre
    Part of the Open Court season
    Royal Court Theatre
    Director Mike Bradwell
    Starring
  • James Bradshaw
  • Christopher Ettridge
  • Sean Hart
  • Elisabeth Hopper
  • Adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

    Birmingham Repertory Theatre
    New commission for the Royal Court Theatre
    Royal Court Theatre
    In development with Paines Plough
    Director Tessa Walker
    Play for young people
    The Almeida
    Producer Paines Plough
    Director Roxanna Silbert & George Perrin
    Writer Enda Walsh & Dennis Kelly
    Starring
  • Dennis Gough
  • Rachel Spence
  • Co-written with Enda Walsh & Dennis Kelly
    Latitude Festival
    Producer Paines Plough
    Director Jennie Fellows
    Starring
  • Matthew Bulgo
  • Thom Fell
  • Hannah Gittos
  • Mike Tweddle
  • Theatre 503
    Producer Paines Plough & The Royal Court
    Two plays produced in the pods of the London Eye as part of Flight 5065 to coincide with the G8 summit
    London Eye

    Producer 

    Director Ramin Gray
    Starring
  • Jonathan Coy
  • Helen Schlesinger
  • A family deal with the consequences of their son turning into a bear
    The Royal Court Theatre
    Director Robert Wolstenholme
    Starring
  • Kate Burdette
  • William Chubb
  • Susan Sylvester
  • Ronan Vibert
  • Hoxton Hall

    Film

    Writer 

    Director Bijan Sheibani

    One of the Royal Court/Guardian 'micro-plays.

    Selected as part of the BFI Festival 2015. 

    Royal Court / The Guardian
    The Guardian
    Crocodile
    Canal Plus Award at Cannes, BIFA nomination for Best British Short 2014, Winner Encounters Festival
    Producer Zorana Piggot
    Director Gaelle Denis
    Starring
  • Michael Gould
  • Alex McQueen
  • Alecky Blythe
  • Justin Edwards
  • A bereaved Headmaster fights a crocodile. 
    BFI
    011 Productions
    Film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop
    Altered Image
    In development
    Director Laurence Boswell
    Early Day Films
    In development
    Romantic comedy co-written with Kieron Quirke
    In development
    Producer John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky
    Co-written with Kieron Quirke
    In development

    Radio

    Writer 

    Producer Sacha Yevtushenko
    Director George Perrin

    Celebration of Paines Plough's 40th Birthday.


    Broadcaster Radio 3

    Creator & Writer 

    Jazz Dads
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
    Co-written and created with Kieron Quirke
    Production Company BBC Radio 4
    In development