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Torben Betts: Scenes from a Playwright’s Life

19th October 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Scenes from a Playwright’s Life


Torben Betts is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.  At last year’s Berwick Literary Festival, he gave a talk describing his struggles in becoming and then remaining one. This year, with the help of a few friends, he will be reading selected scenes from his darkly comic plays, work that has spanned twenty years.

Recommended for 14+

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“An uncommonly talented playwright… Brilliant and testing.” 

Time Out

He is just about the most extraordinary writer of drama we have…a boldly visionary poet…a political Beckett. A flamingly original writer we ignore at our peril.
Liz Lochhead, National Poet of Scotland

Betts’s profound and highly original theatrical voice.
Daily Telegraph


The US premiere of Muswell Hill opens at The Barrow Group, New York on 11 November 2017.
It ran for five weeks.

His latest production is Monogamy which after a national tour appeared at London’s Park Theatre.

The Original Theatre Company‘s production of Invincible played at the Brits-off-Broadway Festival until July 2nd 2017. More info here.

Invencible, a Spanish version of Invincible, has finished a major production in Spain in April 2018, starring Maribel Verdu. Another production finished in Buenos Aires in May 2018.

Downhill, Betts’ first full-length feature film, was released in cinemas on 30 May 2014. Watch the trailer and find out more here. Read the press here.

Guillemot, a 30-minute film made with Latimer Film Group, premiered at the Cineworld in Nottingham on 3 February 2015. Watch the full film here.


19th October 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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