Troy Fairclough

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Troy Andrew Fairclough has an M.A. in ‘Film, Media & Television’, from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a B.A. in ‘Community Arts’ from Glasgow University, He previously worked as a Community Development Worker with various Arts groups, Voluntary Organisations & Small Businesses, and was the ‘National Development Manager’ for TS2k, a government funded project, set up to help people find careers in the Creative Industries. His first professional play You Don’t Kiss won the Newham ‘Writing Out Award’ and was performed at Stratford Circus Theatre in 2002. The play was performed again in April 2003 at the Ovalhouse Theatre, followed by a 10-date national tour, and revived again in 2010. After a year-long writing attachment with The Nottingham Playhouse in 2007 he compiled a research project for Talawa Theatre Company (the UK’s leading Black theatre company) to evaluate their provision for young people and the support for the continuing professional development for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic practitioners in theatre.

To date, Troy has been funded by the Arts Council, Scottish Arts Council, and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. His work has been read at Soho Theatre, RADA, the BBC and the Royal Court. His commissions include Jihad-Inner Struggle, for Scottish dance company – Theatre Insaan. His most recent works include I Cover the Waterfront-The Spirit of Billie Holiday showcased at Richmix in London, as part of Black History Month in October 2009 and again in 2010. His self-produced production, Justin Fashanu in Extra Time was performed in July 2010 (during the World Cup) and was part funded by Camden Council. Troy’s new play DADA was seed funded by Southwark Council LGBT Network as part of Southwark LGBT Month in February 2013 and had a reading at the New Culture Forum, in Westminster.

For Pursued by a Bear:

You Don’t Kiss