John Retallack

John Rettalack

John is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, where he worked from 2010-2013. He was founding director of Company of Angels from 2000-2010 which produces new and experimental work for young audiences. He has written a number of plays in recent years including Truant (2013), Arlo(2010), Risk (2007), Virgins (2006) and Hannah and Hanna (2001). His plays have been translated into several languages and are published by Oberon and Methuen. John was formerly director of Oxford Stage Company (1989 –1999) and he was the founding director of Actors Touring Company (ATC) (1977 – 85). His work has been awarded a number of prizes, including two SWET awards, and he has toured and worked in many countries including Europe, India, Japan and America.

He currently has writing commissions from UK Arts International and BBC Radio 4.

From September 2013 to July 2017 John ran the Writing for Performance Course at Ruskin College, Oxford.

John now teaches playwriting for the MA and Continuing Education Course for Oxford University and mentors aspiring playwrights for the Oxford Playhouse Playmaker programme.

From September 2017 he is running a new course in Oxford that runs every Monday until June 2018

Please click here to see a full account of John’s previous productions.



Junk/adapted from Melvyn Burgess’ novel/ Methuen/1999

Hannah and Hanna/ English and Media/2002

Hannah and Hanna/ French’s acting edition/2004

Hannah et Hanna/Editions Fontaine/2004

Sweetpeter/ Methuen Plays for Young People/Methuen 2006

4 Plays for Company of Angels by John Retallack*/Oberon 2008
(*Hannah and Hanna, Risk, Club Asylum, Virgins)

Risque/ Editions Bleu/2009

Apples/ Oberon 2012


Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland/2016


Recent Work