Diane Samuels

Playwright, Non-fiction writer, Radio/tv/screenwriter

Diane Samuels has worked as a playwright and author since leaving drama teaching in 1988. Her play Kindertransport (produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993, West End, Off-Broadway and worldwide) won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth awards. It is now studied for A-level, AS-level and is a set text for English literature GCSE. Other plays include The True-life Fiction of Mata Hari (Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002); 3 Sisters on Hope Street, with actress Tracy-Ann Oberman (Liverpool Everyman and Hampstead theatres, 2008); and The Arrest of Rosa Gold (National Theatre Studio reading). For younger audiences, plays include One Hundred Million Footsteps and How to Beat a Giant at the Unicorn Theatre. For BBC Radio 4 she has written single plays — Swine, Doctor Y, Watch Out for Mister Stork and Hen Party — and Tiger Wings, a five-part serial for Woman’s Hour.

Diane has wide experience of teaching creative writing. As Pearson creative research fellow 2004/5 at the British Library she produced A Writer’s Magic Notebook. She runs a regular writers’ group and is writer-in-residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, north London.Musical-theatre work includes book and lyrics for Persephone: a love story, with composer Maurice Chernick; and the book for The A-Z of Mrs P, music/lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, which was premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. Her author’s guide to Kindertransport is published by Nick Hern Books (2014). She has two sons and lives in north London.

Diane Samuels
Image Credit: Joe London

Fellowships

University of Westminster (Cavendish) 2008-11