David Gooderson: Playwright, Actor
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 (below)
David’s stage plays (summaries) tell true stories that are powerful and resonant for today, receiving critical acclaim such as:
For children (stage play summaries), 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.
David started by directing J.M.Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World at Salisbury Playhouse, starring Stephanie Cole. More 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.
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 2015 David's play Hector, originally titled So Great a Crime, was awarded a substantial grant and toured Scotland ending with performances at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and the Ambassadors Theatre, London (tour dates and theatres).
In spring 2016 David went to Singapore to play Montague in an open-air production of Romeo and Juliet and double as voice coach. In July his 50-minute version of The Wind in the Willows was produced at Marian Street Theatre for Young People in Sydney, NSW Australia. In November his new play Quarry was produced at St Edmund’s College, Ware, Hertfordshire, England.
Co-written with David Conville:
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