Playwright

Playwriting Skills

New Writing65%
Adaptation70%
Drama95%
Devised Theatre80%
Children's Theatre70%
Non-Theatre Scripts30%

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I am currently accepting new commissions for script writing. Available to write one act plays or full-length drama. I also write lyrics and book for musicals…

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Kit Hurstfield

Playwright

Biography

As a playwright, I have penned stage-plays that are documentary in their content, adaptations of well-known works, one person plays, creative new works and in a range of production styles and formats (including radio drama, short film, animation, one act and two act plays). Up until 2017, this was achieved under my former moniker Tuirenn Hurstfield…

Although I actually started writing short fiction and poetry at a much younger age, I found that play-writing enabled me to both carve out special worlds, that must be practical to the stage-world in which they are contained, and develop events and characters that were fleshed out dramatically, and in a way that relies on a certain logic which is unrestricted in the process of writing fiction.

 

This combination of problem-solving: thinking as a director; as a designer; as a performer; and as an audience, is especially intoxicating to me.

 

Regardless of the topic and format, I am resolute in scripting a human connection with any story or narrative – a bridge for the audience to cross, no matter how dark, twisted or unbelievable the content. In doing this, the unreal can become real and an audience can empathise with the darkest murderer, or enjoy the subtlety of love’s first blossom.

At all times, a single line of advice has remained with me in my writing journeys: “Always ensure your characters have their own voices…” and they do, texturally, intellectually and stylistically. Thank you, Chris!

My other professions within theatre have given me strengths in understanding playmaking and production processes :- enabling a keen directorial vision. As such my texts are as much visual in content as they are spoken word. This is not to confine the reader from their own imagination, but rather to flesh out the possibilities available on stage.

Although I am still relatively new to professionally writing for the stage, I already possess a considerable portfolio of stage-plays (short and full length) which have been performed either professionally and/or by upcoming companies, short film screenplays and even a short animation script.

My work has so far received favourable reviews from The Stage and local papers too.

My Script Portfolio

Play Scripts – Performed Professionally

The Signalman (1hr)
One act adaptation of the Charles Dickens story.

The Elephant Man (2hrs 10mins)
Co-written with Gwyndaf Tomos-Evans. A new look at the history and life of Joseph Merrick. A true story.

The HollyWood Murder Mystery (2hrs 30mins)
Dinner Murder Mystery Event.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2hrs)
Co-written with Gwyndaf Tomos-Evans. A family Christmas show based on the much loved children’s story.

Play Scripts – Performed

Cookies & Milk (30mins)
A secondary school English teacher finds her life is thrown into turmoil as she is accused of something horrendous by her pupils. Her aunt viciously holds her to account without acknowledging her own demons. Performed at the Northern Ballet Theatre (2011)

The Ministry of Love (1hr 15mins)
Adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” and Ray Bradburn’s “Fahrenheit 451” – set mainly inside the dreaded Ministry of Love and Room 101, a look at censorship, fear and the human condition.

The Company of Wolves (1hr)
Adaptation of the short story and screenplay by Angela Carter and Neil Jordan.

Fear of Flying (25mins)
One act, one-man show dealing with modern day witchcraft.

When Friendship is Thicker than Blood (45mins)
A physical theatre adaptation of the book “Sleepers” by Lorenzo Carcaterra.

Betelgeuse (1hr 20mins)
Adaptation for Youth Theatre of Tim Burton’’s film “Beetlejuice”

Silent Whispers (30mins)
A psychological short drama looking at the effects of child abuse.

Echoing Corridors (25mins)
Originally written for an Amnesty International competition, this play deals with capital punishment in the USA.

Happy Ever After… (45mins)
A short play for young children, looking at the morals in fairytales and fables.

The Commedia Nativity (1hr)
Series of sketches chronicling the birth of Christ in traditional Commedia dell’Arte/lazzi fashion.

Smoke & Mirrors (1hr 15mins)
Children’s Theatre. A satirical observation of the Witches Hammer and the Inquisition with a dark twist.

Animal Farm (2hrs)
A re-rendering of the Orwellian novel for Physical Theatre.

The Most Dangerous Game (45mins)
One act adaptation of the famous short story by Richard Connell.

Oedipus the Pawn (2hrs 10mins)
A new adaptation considering the Greek festivals to the Gods and their playing with Mortal destiny

Play Scripts - Not Yet Performed

Dracula (2hrs 20mins)
New adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic masterpiece.

WolfMoon (2hrs)
A two act production dealing with werewolf mythology, and the werewolf trials in France during the 16th Century.

Short Animation Scripts – Performed

The Quest for Avalon (40mins)
A 3D Animation and Live Action Script as a futuristic take on the Arthurian Legend.

Short Film Scripts - Performed

The Tomb of Ratigan Syph (30mins)
A 1950’s ‘B Movie’ style Zombie short.

The Web of Blood (25mins)
A 1950’s ‘B Movie’ style Vampire short.

The Day the Earth Screamed (30mins)
A 1950’s ‘B Movie’ style Alien short.

Current Writing in Development

A Thousand & One Nights
A new musical written with Tim Gilvin based on the Arabian Nights stories and focusing on the overall frame story of Shahrazad.

A Few Reviews

  • The Signalman – Reviews

    CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth
    Oct 14th – 31st 2005

    Was it the bowels of hell-tearing asunder during Tuesday night’s macabre goings-on at CragRats theatre, or just a gaping hole cracking open beneath the audience? It may have been the latter – only a minor incident! – but there were still plenty of on-stage shocks to delight and scare a packed audience in equal measure … I had never heard of Charles Dickens’ The Signalman before this performance, but put it this way, I was glad I wasn’t catching the train home afterwards. The premise is wonderfully simple. A signalman (Jack Wright) is haunted by a spectre warning him of impending horror that appears to him from the darkness of the tunnel beside a red danger light. This marvellous adaptation by Tuirenn Hurstfield squeezes every drop of fear out of the compact stage … Fine acting and [an] impressive adaptation make for a great evening.

    Huddersfield Examiner
    (reviewer: Adrian Sudbury)
    27th October 2005
  • The Elephant Man

    CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth
    Sept 1st – 24th 2005

    There is an intriguing dynamic in this new look at the Elephant Man’s story. What to do with him?

    The writers set up a conflict between Dr Frederick Treves and Matron Luckes. She is a realist. Her hospital cannot deal with Merrick, the Elephant Man. Treves wants to give Merrick as normal a life as possible and he blithely hopes that the hospital authorities will agree with him … This production prides itself on being scrupilously researched, correcting many assumptions about Merrick’s life. His time in the fairground freak show is emotionally charged and is beautifully staged, the actors donning plain white masks to play the freaks … Hurstfield and Tomos-Evans have put together a commendably insightful play. Its emotion is balanced with gentle, unforced humour. A new look at the Elephant Man’s story.

    The Stage
    (reviewer: Kevin Berry)
    9th September 2005
  • The Elephant Man

    CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth
    Sept 1st – 24th 2005

    This latest production at CragRats brilliantly avoids the pitfalls and makes for a superb evening of well-judged drama … This true story is played out exceptionally well. It is an utterly absorbing play with great use of music and lighting … One of the other joys is the wonderful script, provided by Tuirenn Hurstfield and Tomos-Evans. It is intelligent, rich and well-crafted. At one point an actress visits Merrick and describes a recent standing ovation as looking out over “an ocean of pearls and moustaches” … We see the saga come full circle as Merrick escapes one world of disgusted onlookers only to find a new breed of high-class freak-hunters that meet him solely to gain social kudos … But the script’s great triumph is that it leaves the audience to come to their own conclusions.

    Huddersfield Examiner 
    (reviewer: Adrian Sudbury)
    14th September 2005
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth,
    Dec 4th 2004-Jan 8th 2005

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has originality, good songs and plenty of hearty playing …

    In CragRats pantomimes inanimate objects are given vivid life and a funny voice. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has two splendidly droll gargoyles and there is a talking Book of Spells. Here is fantasy and fun.

    When fantasy, fun and clarity are spread throughout this story it will become exciting and it will be a winner.

    The Stage
    (reviewer: Kevin Berry)
    9th December 2004
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth,
    Dec 4th 2004-Jan 8th 2005

    Though it was just two pages long, the original story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice captivated Gwyn. He drafted in fellow actor and Bretton graduate Tuirenn Hurstfield to work with him on the script, “I got to know Tuirenn earlier this year and read some of his work, including a stage version of The Company Of Wolves. I was very impressed.”… It seems that the magic rekindled by the adventures of Harry Potter and films such as the Lord Of The Rings has rubbed off on a whole generation of children. And that’s what Gwyn and Tuirenn hope to give CragRats’ audiences in coming weeks … The co-writing team have set their story in the bowels of a grand old castle where two sorcerers (and their apprentices) try to outdo each other. Problems start when one of them decides it would be a wizard idea to get rid of Christmas … The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, is a story packed with excitement, music and fun in what promises to be a laughter-packed family show

    Huddersfield Daily Examiner
    3rd December 2004
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