Michael Starr is a multi award winning British theatre Playwright. His stage and radio plays have been performed around the world, from North America to the Middle East, across Europe and back through to the United Kingdom.
The majority of his work is classified as dark surreal humour by nature, although not all of his scripts follow this formula. His stage plays require only single or minimal black box staging, making them a popular choice for festivals, fringes and youth productions.
In 2010, Michael launched The Fringe Files, a small scale theatre touring company. Its purpose is to act as a test vehicle for his new plays exclusively, via numerous competitive festivals and fringe events.
Full length comedy Stranded was published worldwide as a paperback print. Radio play Leave me Alone!, a satiric sketch, garnered commercial success care of BBC Radio 4 (England) and then via Comedy Central (Australia). On the Belgian Front (a WWI drama) and The Cook Did It! (a whodunit parody) have been produced in Qatar, Saudi Arabia & Yemen, making Michael Starr one of few English speaking playwrights to have plays produced in the region.
ABOVE: An illustration of Olsen from The Cook Did It! (2009)
Through The Fringe Files, cross genre comedy The Curse of Miss Fortune enjoyed a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Murder mystery parody The Cook Did It! was nominated for 'Best new play' at the Woking Drama Festival. A return to the Woking Drama Festival the following year saw Underline (a psychological thriller) score five award nominations. Post apocalyptic play Z is for Zombie won ‘Best comedy’ at the Maidenhead Drama Festival, placing third overall with three nominations. This premiere, whilst directed by Michael, was produced through CAST rather than The Fringe Files.
A Tail of Forklure debuted at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival, receiving four award nominations, winning two including ‘Best new play’. Samantha received six award nominations including 'Best new play' the following year. Science Fiction parody Planet of the Zers received seven award nominations, winning three, including 'Best original play'. The Not so Great Fallout of 1983 bagged four award nominations including 'Best new play'.
ABOVE: A promo illustration for Z is for Zombie (2014)
Michael Starr is perhaps best known for his science fiction stage play series, Cosmic Capsules. A collection of interlocking single act comedy plays, which are set in space.
Projects currently in development include: The Metamorphosis (2019), a full length horror adaptation. The Spirit of Krud (2020), the second in the Cosmic Capsules science fiction play series and Book 100 (2020), a limited edition hardback publication.
Here's a complete Timeline of Projects.
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