Anthony Neilson

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Anthony Neilson
Born 1967, Edinburgh
Occupation Playwright
Nationality Scottish

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Anthony Neilson (born 1967 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish playwright and director commonly associated with the "in-yer-face theatre" movement and is known for his collaborative way of writing and workshopping his plays. His work is characterised by the exploration of sex and violence. He began his career at the Finborough Theatre, London.


Neilson studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama but was thrown out for "insubordination", now unoccupied he entered a BBC young writers' competition and won which started him on the path of becoming a writer.[1]

He also participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books, writing a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[2]

Directing career[edit]

Neilson has more recently moved into directing with his first feature film The Debt Collector in 1999 which won the Fipresci (International Critics) Award at the Troia International Film Festival. As his writing work involves collaborations he has a massive directorial role in the creation of his plays but in 2007 he was credited as director of his play God in Ruins at the Soho Theatre. At the RSC [3] he directed the world premiere of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers in 2009. In 2010 he directed Caledonia by Alistair Beaton at the Edinburgh Festival.



Radio Plays[edit]

  • The Colours of the King's Rose (radio play)
  • A Fluttering of Wings (radio play)
  • Twisted (radio play)



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