Shaun
Kitchener

Playwright and screenwriter

Shaun is a playwright and screenwriter.

He has participated in the Royal Court’s New Writers' Group and has been a writer on attachment at the Soho Theatre. His first play, Positive, received its debut professional production at the Park Theatre to critical acclaim, with the Times describing him as ‘a playwright to watch’ and The Stage comparing his ‘water-tight script’ to an ‘exceptional sitcom’. The play is published by Playdead Press. More recently a production of his play All That was nominated for Best Play and Performance Ensemble Offie awards and was praised by London Pub Theatres as 'exactly what theatre needs today.'

For television, Shaun is a core writer for popular Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks. Other TV work includes writing on Queerpiphany for Comedy Central and developing original comedies and comedy-dramas. In 2016, Shaun was a winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe Competition for TV Comedy.

Shaun also works as a journalist and has a fortnightly pop culture column in the Metro. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Telegraph, Yahoo and Daily Mirror.

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Television

Writer 

Writer 

Guests reveal their queer cultural 'lightbulb' moments.



Viacom for YouTube, Comedy Central
Hollyoaks
Multiple x 30"
Producer Bryan Kirkwood
Director Clive Arnold
Starring
  • Kirsty Leigh Porter
  • Nicole Barber-Lane
  • Hit long-running drama about a group of teenage friends and their families.

    Lime Pictures for Channel 4

    Theatre

    Writer 

    Director Paul Schlesinger
    Ink! Festival 2019
    Director Jamie-Rose Monk

    A timely look at love and monogamy; a funny, frank and razor-sharp examination of modern gay relationships.

    Lion and Unicorn Theatre
    Producer Shaun Kitchener
    Director Rob Ellis

    Unrequited love, bitter break-ups, loud sex, the afterlife, dressage and accidental murder are all covered in this relentlessly entertaining collection of six short plays.

    Leicester Square Theatre
    Producer Ann Pinnington
    Director Harry Burton
    Starring
  • Timothy George
  • Nathalie Barclay
  • Paul Heelis
  • Ryan J Brown
  • Sally George
  • Shaun Kitchener
  • The story of Benji, a twentysomething living with HIV. This isn’t a story about doom, gloom and death, though – it’s about Benji’s struggles with stigma, and the anxiety that comes with it. 

    SPOILER: Nobody dies.

    Park Theatre
    Director Sheila Atim
    Starring
  • Natalie Lester
  • Roberta Morris
  • Sophie Mackenzie
  • Ryan J Brown
  • Paul Heelis
  • O one-act drama about Leanne, a young woman who faked her own death and escaped to live in a caravan in the woods under a new identity, a long way from home. 

    White Bear Theatre

    Writer & Director 

    Four friend try to breathe new life into their static love lives, with the help of gloriously campy Steps bangers.

    Upstairs at the Gatehouse
    Director Shaun Kitchener
    Starring
  • Natalie Lester
  • Edward McLean
  • A one-act two-hander about a former couple thrown back together by a huge storm a year after their split...

    White Bear Theatre

    Other

    Writer 

    Freelance journalist for The Telegraph, Yahoo, Daily Mirror and various online entertainment websites