John Retallack

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 is currently writing for UK Arts International and adapted The Good Companions by JB Priestly for BBC Radio 4 – broadcast February 2018.

John runs his own playwriting course in Oxford that runs every Monday from October to June.

John also continues to teach playwriting for the MA and Continuing Education Course for Oxford University and mentors aspiring playwrights for the Oxford Playhouse Playmaker programme.


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