Comedy with the Cambridge Footlights, playing the scariest monster in Dr Who, penning searing drama about the Great War and the Holocaust – London-based David Gooderson has combined all these and much more in his career as playwright, actor, director, and drama tutor. (David's recent work)
David’s stage plays (right) tell true stories that are powerful and resonant for today, receiving critical acclaim such as:
For children, adaptations of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows have particularly pleased audiences:
David has also written a number of plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Best known as Davros in Dr Who and Simpkins the Pathologist in A Touch of Frost, David is one of the most versatile character actors in the UK. His credits range from playing a “parcel” in a TV commercial to King Lear. More about David Gooderson, actor.
David started by directing J.M.Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World at Salisbury Playhouse, starring Stephanie Cole. Most recently he has directed Oliver Gray's version of Robin Hood (Farnham Maltings) and his own play So Great a Crime (Finborough Theatre, London). More about David Gooderson, director.
David has directed courses in acting for radio and voice-over technique at the City Literary Institute in London since 2001. For twenty-one years he was the Radio Tutor at Guildford School of Acting and prepared students for the prestigious BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama Award.
In June David played 15 parts in a stage adaptation of Caryl Churchill's The After-Dinner Joke at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. He has just directed a staged reading of his play War! Lies! And a Packet of Fags for a sell-out house at Farnham Maltings.
In September David will be playing The General in The Flouers o'Edinburgh by Robert McLellan at the Finborough Theatre, London.
Co-written with David Conville:
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