Diane Samuels was born and raised in Liverpool. She currently lives in London where she has been writing extensively as a playwright and author since the early 1990s.
"KINDERTRANSPORT" won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993. It has been translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world, revived in 2007 by Shared Experience Theatre Company. Now studied for A and A/S Level and set text for English Literature GCSE. Other plays include "THE TRUE-LIFE FICTION OF MATA HARI", Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; "CINDERELLA'S DAUGHTER", Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; and "3 SISTERS ON HOPE STREET" (with actress Tracy-Ann Oberman), after Chekhov and inspired by Jewish community of her upbringing, co-produced by Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres, 2008. "THE ARREST OF ROSA GOLD", readings at National Theatre Studio, 2010, and Jewish Museum, 2012. "END OF ROMANCE", inspired by "The Last Man" by Mary Shelley, performed reading as part of the Mary Shelley Festival, Bournemouth. Stage version of SWINE, performed reading at Jewish Museum, 2013.
For younger audiences, her plays include "ONE HUNDRED MILLION FOOTSTEPS" for Quicksilver Theatre Company; "CHALK CIRCLE", "FRANKIE'S MONSTER" and "HOW TO BEAT A GIANT" at the Unicorn Theatre.
Diane has also written widely for BBC radio, plays including "SWINE", "DOCTOR Y", "WATCH OUT FOR MISTER STORK" and "HEN PARTY". In 2012, "TIGER WINGS", original drama based on pilot Joan Allen's 1948 solo flight from England to Singapore, broadcast as 5 part serial for Woman's Hour, Radio 4.
Diane has wide experience of teaching creative writing, lecturing at the universities of Birmingham, Reading, Oxford, Goldsmiths' college and running workshops for IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education), Alternatives, Theatre Royal Haymarket and the National Gallery. She was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, 2008 to 2011, and visiting lecturer at Regents College, London, from 2013. She runs a regular writers group and is writer-in-residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, north London.
Diane was one of a creative team awarded a Science on Stage and Screen Award by the Wellcome Trust in 2001 leading to "PUSH", The People Show Studios, 2003. Short story, "ROPE", broadcast as one of the 2002 winners of BBC Radio 4's online short story competition. Writer and presenter "INTER-RAIL POSTCARDS", BBC Radio 3. Interactive writing installation, "IN YOUR OWN WORDS" for Battersea Arts Centre's One on One Festival, 2011. As Pearson Creative Research Fellow 2004/5 at the British Library, completed research into magic, booklet "A WRITER'S MAGIC NOTEBOOK", pub. 2006.
Recently, Diane has been working on 2 full-length pieces of musical theatre. Book and lyrics for "PERSEPHONE (A LOVE STORY)", with composer Maurice Chernick, Arts Council England funding for staged readings at Rosemary Branch theatre, 2013. Book for 'THE A-Z OF MRS P", music/lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, Feb/Mar 2014.
Her author's guide to "Kindertransport" in Nick Hern Books' "STAGE TO PAGE" series is published in 2013.
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