Shaun Kitchener

Playwright and screenwriter

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Biography

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.

He regularly runs the hugely popular short play night, Briefs, at the Waterloo East Theatre with his theatre company West Avenue Theatre Company.

For television, Shaun writes for popular Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks alongside which he is developing his own original comedy and drama ideas.

Shaun also works as a journalist. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Telegraph, Yahoo and Daily Mirror.

His ever popular blog can be found at: http://shaunkitchener.com/life-etc/news-blog/

Kitchener can write a brilliant comedy sketch and he scatters them generously. Clearly, he’s a playwright to watch

The Times
on Positive

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With his water-tight script, Kitchener has crafted something akin to an exceptional sitcom, conducting the audience to gasp, laugh, groan and cheer in all the right places.

David Hutchinson
The Stage on Positive

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★★★★★ 

West End Wilma
on Positive

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CV

Theatre

Writer

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

    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
     

    TV

    Writer

    Hollyoaks
    5 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
     

    Other

    Writer

     

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