Fred Lawless

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Fred Lawless – Playwright

Fred Lawless is a British playwright from Liverpool who writes mainly for the stage, but who has also written for television and radio.


Fred Lawless was born in Dingle, Liverpool, Merseyside. He attended St Patrick's School in Toxteth before his family moved to Halewood. He later attended the Wade Deacon Grammar School in Widnes.

After grammar school he attended Liverpool Catering College and trained as a hotel manager, eventually working in several Liverpool City Centre hotels. Several years later he gave up hotel management and ran a stall at the famous Paddy's Market in Liverpool. While working there he met Jonte Wilkins, and the two of them started the UK's first kissogram company,[1] Champagne-a-gram from an office in Aigburth. Shortly after Wilkins left for the US and eventually became the drummer for the British band a Flock of Seagulls. Lawless continued to run the kissogram business for several years, eventually employing 30 staff. One of the kissogram staff he employed was Mal Young who worked for him as a Tarzan-a-gram. After leaving Champagne-a-gram Young entered the TV industry and eventually became producer of Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside. Many years later Young interviewed Lawless with a view to him joining the writing team at Brookside, but instead he chose to write for the London-based TV series EastEnders.

In addition to his TV work, he has also written for BBC Radio. Nowadays he works primarily in theatre.

Fred Lawless is a director of The Script Vault Ltd,[2] a script registration service for writers who wish to protect their copyright, which he formed in 2002 after having had his copyright stolen and discovering he had no recourse under UK Copyright Law.

He is a lifelong Everton supporter and season ticket holder[3]

Previous work[edit]




Current work[edit]

Fred Lawless is writing the 2015 Christmas show for the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. 'Pharaoh 'Cross The Mersey'.[33]


  1. ^ The Liverpool Quiz Book – K. Hignett, 1986, Gallery Press (South Wirral)
  2. ^ The Script Vault.
  3. ^ Famous Everton Fans – Fred Lawless.
  4. ^ Review – BEST! – 'It could have all been a bit intense, instead it was largely hilarious.' 'Brilliant... for Pete's sake, go!' Liverpool Echo
  5. ^ Review – BEST! – 'Very entertaining …good jokes abound. 'The Sacking of Pete Best' By Spencer Leigh ISBN 978-1-900711-04-3
  6. ^ Review – Slappers and Slapheads – July 2003 'One of the best nights of home-grown comedy theatre to be enjoyed in a long time.'
  7. ^ Review – Slappers and Slapheads – February 2009 'Some great lines, great actors and great tunes.'
  8. ^ Slappers and Slapheads wins Liverpool Daily Post Best Production and Best Comedy awards
  9. ^ Review – Merry Ding Dong in the Stage newspaper – December 2009 '...possibly the Christmas show to see on Merseyside.'
  10. ^ Review – Merry Ding Dong in the Guardian newspaper – January 2010 'Lawless's writing is designed to inspire the laughter of recognition.'
  11. ^ Review – A Fistful Of Collars in the Liverpool Daily Post – April 2010 '...has the audience roaring.'
  12. ^ Review – A Fistful Of Collars on – April 2010 '...two hours of hilarity and mayhem.'
  13. ^ Review – Scouse Pacific in The Stage – December 2010 'Cleverly written, brilliantly acted and totally crazy... Lawless has the ability to make even the most ridiculous plot work.'
  14. ^ Review – Scouse Pacific on – December 2010 'it all works rather brilliantly... go and see it. Now!'
  15. ^ Review – Scouse Pacific – The Liverpool Daily Post – December 2010 'I was blown away... superb... a wildly enthusiastic audience.'
  16. ^ Review – Little Scouse On The Prairie on – December 2011 'Lawless has another hit on his hands!' 4 stars
  17. ^ Review – Little Scouse On The Prairie on The Reviews Hub – December 2011 'One of the most original comic plays seen in recent times!'
  18. ^ Review – Little Scouse On The Prairie on December 2011 'A writer of clear comic talent.'
  19. ^ Review – A Nightmare on Lime Street on – December 2012 '...brilliant', 'Fred Lawless’ script delivers yet again.' 5 stars
  20. ^ Review – A Nightmare on Lime Street on – December 2012 'Lawless’ show deserves a 5 star rating as an unmissable production this Christmas.' 5 stars
  21. ^ Review – A Nightmare on Lime Street on The Reviews Hub – December 2012 'writer Fred Lawless once again brings the humour to the stage in bucket loads.' 4 stars
  22. ^ Review – A Nightmare on Lime Street on December 2012 'Acclaimed writer Fred Lawless continues his run of fine form with another fantastic festive production' 'hilarious and original.' 9/10
  23. ^ Review – The Hitchhiker's Guide to Fazakerley on – December 2013 'Royal Court show is out of this world!' 'This is the fifth Fred Lawless written festive show and the best. A law unto himself but who pitches his Panto meets slapstick with great skill.' 9/10
  24. ^ Review – The Hitchhiker's Guide To Fazakerley on – December 2013 '...immensely enjoyable', 'Fred Lawless delivers the precise remedy for the winter blues.' 9/10
  25. ^ Review – The Hitchhiker's Guide To Fazakerley on December 2013 '...a fun-filled feast that will have the theatre’s audiences laughing out loud at the shenanigans taking place on stage.' 5/5
  26. ^ Review – The Hitchhiker's Guide To Fazakerley on December 2013 '...a hilarious new show ', 'It is writer Fred Lawless’ fifth consecutive year and he’s produced a feel good, laugh out loud, scousetastic festive treat.'
  27. ^ Review – Scouse Of The Antarctic on – December 2014 'A Festive Cracker!' 5 stars
  28. ^ Review – Scouse Of The Antarctic on The Reviews Hub December 2014 'Best Royal Court show in years!' 5 stars
  29. ^ Review – Scouse Of The Antarctic on – December 2014 ' the audience the greatest of nights', 'Fred Lawless’ fifth winter contribution to the Royal Court Theatre and it has to be suggested that it is his finest yet.' 9/10
  30. ^ Review – Scouse Of The Antarctic in The Liverpool Echo December 2014 '...supremely silly and very enjoyable.' 4 stars
  31. ^ Review – Scouse Of The Antarctic on December 2014 'The best Christmas show at the Royal Court Theatre yet. Hold onto your sleigh – this is one hilarious ride!' 10/10
  32. ^ Review – Close Enough To Touch 'I can say that this represents the very best of radio, engaging the imagination and emotions'
  33. ^ Royal Court Theatre Liverpool Current & Future Shows

External links[edit]

Fred Lawless at the Internet Movie Database