Paul Bassett Davies
Writer in residence, at my house.
Writer, director and actor Paul Bassett Davies founded Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work in the 1980s was acclaimed in Britain and Europe.
He created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival. Other shows, like ‘Slave Clowns of the Third Reich’, combined performance with video to create innovative theatrical experiments.
Paul’s TV credits include: Spitting Image; Smith and Jones; Rory Bremner; Jasper Carrot and many more. He wrote his own radio sitcom with Jeremy Hardy, and the Sony Award winning radio show Do Go On, with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden, which he also produced. His radio plays have featured Bill Nighy, David Hemmings, Linda Smith, Martin Clunes and Alison Steadman. He has also written and produced many radio commercials. He has written over a hundred corporate films, some of which he also directed. Awards include Best Film at New York Film and Video Festival and IVCA Best Script award. He has also scripted music videos for everyone from Kate Bush to Ken Russell. He once worked with Spike Milligan.
Paul wrote the screenplay for the feature animation film The Magic Roundabout and has been working on a film about counter-culture comic book heroes The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, with their creator, comics legend Gilbert Shelton.
He wrote and directed an award-winning short film for Channel 4 called How Do You Feel, as well as other short films. He has also written two other feature screenplays which haven't yet been produced.
Paul's short stories have been published and have won awards. He is currently writing a TV comedy drama series about suicide, a new film script, and working on his second novel, called Dead Writers in Rehab.
Paul has been a DJ in a strip club, a minicab driver and a welder's mate. He was the vocalist in the band Shoes for Industry (John Peel favourites). He is an amateur ventriloquist with his own doll (Sailor Boy). He runs writing workshops with Euroscript.