Playwright, translator and television drama writer

Colin Teevan is a celebrated playwright, translator and writer for screen. He recently created, wrote and was co-executive producer of Rebellion, seasons 1 and 2, for RTE, Sundance TV and Netflix. Rebellion is a serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland between 1913-23.

Charlie, Colin's three original films about Charles Haughey, were also broadcasted on RTE, starring Aidan Gillen, who won an IFTA for Best Performance, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor. His other work for television include Silk (BBC) starring Maxine Peake, Vera starring Brenda Blethyn and Single Handed (ITV). Colin currently has several new projects in development including a Shanghai based drama being produced by Warp.

Colin's theatre pieces have been produced by many leading British theatres including the National, the Young Vic, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland. These include his radical adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus which ran on the West End starring Kit Harrington in 2016 after productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and was lauded as ‘a thing of beauty to watch’ by The Independent.

His recent adaptation of Kapuscinski’s The Emperor starring Olivier Award winner, Kathryn Hunter and directed by German director Walter Meierjohann completed sell out runs at Young Vic, London, Home Manchester and Grand Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg and won Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2017. His play about Irish immigrants in London, The Kingdom, ran at the Soho Theatre in 2012 and was hailed as ‘a fiercely intense and haunting production’ by The Independent. The Bee, co-created with legendary Japanese director Hideki Noda, and starring Noda and Hunter had two runs at the Soho Theatre, a tour in New York, an extensive tour in Japan and played again in Paris and the Theatre National de Chaillot in spring 2014. His new version of Peer Gynt, for the National Theatre of Scotland, played Dundee Rep, toured Scotland and was later revived at the Barbican.

In 2009, Colin adapted Franz Kafka's Report to An Academy for the Young Vic, where it appeared as the critically acclaimed play, Kafka's Monkey also starring Hunter and directed Meierjohann. It went on to enjoy a second run at the Young Vic and a hit world tour, including the Bouffes du Nord in Paris and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York. Colin’s play There Was A Man, There Was No Man was produced by the Tricycle as part of their season on the atomic bomb, following on from his collaboration with the theatre on The Lion of Kabul which formed part of their Great Game festival on Afghanistan which toured the US giving a command performance for the Pentagon.

Colin's other work includes the award winning stage and radio play How Many Miles to Basra?, Missing Persons; Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Trafalgar Studios) and translations of The Bacchai, Iphigenia in Aulis, from Greek, Cuckoos, Marathon, from Italian, and adaptations of Svejk, Don Quixote, and Monkey! (The Journey to the West).

Colin’s plays are published by Oberon Books.



Writer & Creator & Executive Producer 

Producer Catherine Magee
Director Catherine Morshead
  • Simone Kirby
  • Brian Gleeson
  • Series Two of the serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. 

    Touchpaper, Zodiak Media Ireland for RTE
    5 x 50'
    Producer Catherine Magee, Jane Gogan
    Director Aku Louhimies,
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Sarah Greene
  • Brian Gleeson
  • A returning serial that charts the birth of the Irish nation; the beginning of the end of the British empire, and the creation of Northern Ireland from perspective of a group of friends who lived it.
    Touchpaper, Zodiak Media Ireland for RTE


    Creator Tony Saint & Johannes W. Betz
    Bavaria Fiction for Hulu
    3 x 90'
    Director Kenneth Glenaan
  • Aiden Gillan
  • Tom Vaughn-Lawlor
  • A trilogy of 90-minute dramas charting the emergence of modern Ireland through the mesmeric Charles J Haughey-Ireland's legendary leader and Teisoch- and his personal pursuit of power, wealth and glamour.

    Touchpaper/Element for RTE
    Creator Barry Simner, Rob Pursey
    Producer Clare Alan
  • David Herlihy
  • Simone Lahbib
  • Owen McDonnell
  • Sean McGuley
  • Episode of the second series of the police drama set on the West Coast of Ireland starring Owen McDonnell. 

    Touchpaper for RTE, ITV
    1 x 60'
    Producer Matt Strevens
    Director Michael Keillor
  • Maxine Peake
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Francis Barber
  • Miranda Raison
  • Series 3 episode 3 of popular legal drama. 

    BBC for BBC1
    1 x 90'
  • Brenda Blethyn
  • Crime drama for ITV starring Brenda Blethyn as DI Vera Stanhope, from the novels by Ann Cleeves.

    ITV Studios for ITV
    6 x 60
    Producer Anne Picevic

    Irish migrant workers rise to riches through fair means and foul in post war London.

    BBC in house
    In development
    Producer George Ormond

    Original commission for BBC. A young woman doctor returns to the town she grew up in rural Wales to take up practice as the local GP.

    BBC Wales
    In development



    Creator Ryszard Kapuściński
    Director Walter Meierjohann

    "His Majesty knew that a joke was a

    dangerous form of opposition."

    Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter
    brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse
    of absolute power - from the team behind the international success Kafka’s

    The Young Vic
    Producer West Yorkshire Playhouse and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
    Director Dominic Hill
  • Kevin Trainor
  • Siobhan Redmond
  • Christopher Marlowe's mythic tale of mankind's greed for power gets a modern day twist from Colin Teevan.
    Producer Soho Theatre
    Director Lucy Pitman-Wallace
    The Kingdom vividly captures life as an Irish navvy in the last century – a time of immigration, violence, sex, triumph and, ultimately, tragedy.
    Soho Theatre
    Producer Theatre 503
    Director Derek Bond
  • Ayesha Antoine
  • Simon Darwen
  • Georgia King
  • Rob Ostlere
  • Part of Theatre 503's Playlist group of short plays inspired by favourite pieces of music, which premiered at Latitude Festival 2010 and then had a run at Theatre 503
    Latitude Festival
    Producer Tricycle Theatre
    Director Nicolas Kent

    Part of Tricycle's season on the atomic bomb. When an Israeli and Iranian scientist meet at a conference in Jordan, their meeting has major repercussions for their professional lives, their families and their nations.

    Tricycle Theatre
    Director Nicholas Kent & Indu Rubasingham
  • Lolita Chakrabati
  • Play about two Afghan aid workers who disappear whilst distributing rice
    Tricycle Theatre
    Producer Debra Hauer
    Director Paul Heritage
  • Diogo De Brito Sales
  • Daniel Cerqueira
  • Meline Danielewicz
  • Jeffrey Kisson
  • Play set in the Amazon and inspired by the life and politics of the Brazilian folk hero Chico Mendes
    The Young Vic
    Director Hideki Noda
  • Harry Gostelow
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • Hideki Noda
  • Glyn Pritchard
  • Fourth play in a series of contemporary Noh plays about a woman who is found wandering the streets of Fuchu city with burnt hands and no clue as to her identity
    Soho Theatre
    Director Hideki Noda
  • Tony Bell
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • Hideki Noda
  • Glyn Pritchard
  • Play based on a story by Yasutaka Tsutsui about a man who comes home to find his wife and child being held hostage by an escaped murderer.
    Soho Theatre
    Director Ian Brown
  • Emilio Doorgasingh
  • Gareth Farr
  • Matthew Flynn
  • Gwilym Havard Davies
  • Play set in Iraq following four British soldiers, a BBC reporter and their Iraqi translator as they embark on an unauthorised mission to make amends for the death of three Bedouin
    Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Producer Eleanor Lloyd
    Director Sarah Chew
  • Greg Hicks
  • Collection of monologues based on Greek myths
    Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
    Director Colin Teevan
  • Clare Higgins
  • Commissioned to open the Onassis Programme for the performance of Greek drama the play explores the bleak separation of mother and child
    Oxford Playhouse
  • Claudia Sermbezis
  • National Theatre Studio
    Director Mick Gordon
  • Aicha Kossoko
  • Jan Knightley
  • Elliot Levey
  • Inika Leigh Wright
  • Play based on the popular classic of Asian literature which sees us follow Monkey as he struggles to redeem himself after causing chaos in heaven
    Young Vic Theatre
    Director Mick Gordon
  • Michael Culkin
  • Declan Conlon
  • Monica Dolan
  • Clare Higgins
  • Play set on Christmas Eve about a couple waiting for the arrival of their son and his new bride
    National Theatre
    Political satre following the wastrel son of a dying Major
    White Memorial Theatre, Clonmel, Ireland
    Producer Galloglass
    Director Simon Bayly
    A black comedy set on a cancer ward based on the French Medieval Mardi Gras play Le Bataile de Charnau contre Caresme
    Abymil Theatre
    Director Dominic Hill
    Writer Henrik Ibsen
  • Keith Fleming
  • Gerry Mulgrew
  • Modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic verse play
    Dundee Rep Theatre
    Director Walter Meierjohann
    Writer Franz Kafka
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • One man show about an ape who has learned to become human to survive, based on the short story A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka.
    Young Vic

    Assistant Director & Production Dramaturg 

    Director Peter Hall
    Writer John Barton
  • Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Alan Dobie
  • Greg Hicks
  • Annalee Jefferies
  • Colin also wrote some new material for Sir Peter Hall's production of John Barton's ten-play cycle examining the beginnings, climax and aftermath of the Trojan War
    Denver Centre for the Performing Arts



    Marathon Tales
    Tinniswood Award
    1 x 90

    Winner of the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama script 2014. Original 90 minute play for Radio 3 about professional and amateur marathon runners across time, co-written by Hannah Silva.

    Production Company BBC in house
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    1 x 45'
    Director Jeremy Mortimer
  • Naill Baggy
  • Derbhle Crotty
  • Toby Jones
  • Gerard McSorley
  • Part of the New Metamorphoses season of contermpoary reworkings of Ovid's Tales, Myrrah is a 16 year who was abandoned as a baby and is now in the grip of a terrible passion
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Director Toby Swift
    Full length original play for Radio 3 set in Iraq
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    Contemporary dramatic verse monologue for The Verb
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    Producer Julian May
    An epic poem for BBC3's The Verb
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    Producer Rob Ketteridge
    Monologue for The Verb, BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    1 x 60'
    Director Toby Swift
    Fast paced original play that dips in and out of everyday lives in Belfast to create a picture of the city and its people
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    1 x 60'
    Producer Stephen Wright
    Radio version of Colin's stage play of the same name for BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
    Producer Danny Readon
    Orginal full length play for RTE

    Broadcaster RTE
    Radio version of Colin's stage play, translated into French by Alexandra Poulain

    Broadcaster Radio France Culture
    Producer Toby Swift
    Original play for BBC Radio 3
    Production Company BBC Radio 3
    In development