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 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 2014 David was in three different stage productions. He played Price (and 14 other parts) in Caryl Churchill's The After-Dinner Joke (Orange Tree, Richmond), The General in The Flouers o'Edinburgh (Finborough Theatre) and Grandpa Joe in Grandpa Joe's Giant Story-telling Bed (Southbank Centre and Battersea Arts Centre).
In 2015 David's play Hector, originally titled So Great a Crime, and now awarded a substantial grant from Creative Scotland, will be going on a national tour in the autumn.
Co-written with David Conville:
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