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As the CEO of LIES AND DISGUISES I am fully committed to employing the deceits of fiction in order to deliver packages of approximate truths.

This website will enable you to sample a variety of writing available in drama, prose and poetry.

Twelve full length plays are currently available for production as well as several ten minute pieces originally performed at LIVE THEATRE in Newcastle.  Interested theatre companies should contact me at k.ogden@live.co.uk.


My writing...

Full length plays


"SUNLIGHT ON THE MOORS"

Temperaments clash and unexpected consequences occur after "soap man" Lord Leverhulme commissions a painting from Augustus John.  (Cast of 8)

First production at Bolton Little Theatre 10th to 16th May 2014 (Sold out!)  Second production in August 2014 also sold out.

(This production won three Greater Manchester Drama Federation Awards for 2014: Best Director (Peter Scofield) / Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Clynes) / Special prize for "Adventure in Theatre".  It was also nominated for "Best Production".

"Engaging and witty" - The Bolton News


  "ERSATZ"

An attack on Sheila’s son triggers a change in her character.  (Cast of 5 - 7)

Winner of 'People's Play Award 2012'  Performance at The People's Theatre Newcastle 20th - 24th November 2012  

"Very impressive!"  "Thoughtful and well-crafted"  "Thought provoking"


"SNOOPERS" 

2023 meets 1937 when Nicola opens a box her grandmother has bequeathed her.  (Cast of 5: 3m/2f) 

Comments on earlier drafts:

 "A fascinating tale of a little-known sociological experiment that took place in Bolton in 1937. The play is well-written with a great central idea interspersing present-day characters trying to find out about an old love affair with action from the past. There is good dialogue and it's an intriguing story about the middle classes actively spying on working-class people" 

 (Papatango)

"A thought provoking and intriguing play which touches on a number of different interesting and pertinent themes and ideas a fascinating insight into a specific part of local history that still feels relevant and prescient.  The way in which you contrast present-day Bolton with the 1930s serves the story and message driving the play particularly effectively.  Sean is a beautifully vivid character who provides some welcome light relief but also has a complexity of fears and insecurities hidden behind the banter." (Royal Exchange) 

"An enchanting concept that a lot of audiences will enjoy" (Oldham Colloseum)

Fully reworked in 2023!


"BROKEN BRANCHES"

A ghost story!  (Among the last 30 selected for Papatango's 2022 prize)

"I love a ghost story and this one didn't disappoint - atmospheric, scary, ghoulish but grounded with plenty of human interest and narratives both past and present that propelled the scenes along. I found the connection of the demons to loss, death and family really elevated the play and did what the best horrors do - to really tap in to our most secret, darkest places of the human soul. I'd love to find myself terrified in a theatre one day by this play and wish you all the best with it."


 "THE LAST ENGLISH EAGLE"

A lone eagle circles the crags around Haweswater.  A lone man returns to a hotel on its shores.  (Cast of 3: 1m/2f) Draft longlisted for Papatango Prize:  "a drama centering on the unexpected friendship between a 19 year old performing arts student (Amy) and a 60 year old bird watcher (Neil). Whereas Amy is open with her dreams and traumas, Neil is much more closed, with hints throughout that there is more to him and his plans than meet the eye"   

 

"LEAVING FOR LUSKENTYRE" 

"Here’s the problem you know!  This is where it starts to go wrong!  Love!  All these people looking for ... Love!" (Cast of 4: 1m/3f) 


"JOHNNIE FROM THE BLUE"

Amy Johnson's life was a drama.  Now it's a piece of theatre.  (Cast of 3: 1m/2f)

 

"SUMMERLAND"

Oliver Lodge is a rational scientist so why is he delving into the occult?  (Cast of 5: 3m/2f)

"Intriguing ...a great grasp of language and dialogue ... an economical and very stageable play" : Alan Harris (playwright). 


"Fssst!" 

Why won't Don leave the house?  Who is John Hargrave?  And why has nobody heard of the Green Shirts?  (Cast of 3)

"This is a strong play - a warmly-written comedic play about a man, battling terribly with agoraphobia and alcohol addiction, who is attempting to write about youth leaders John Hargrave and Robert Baden-Powell. The men materialise in his front room in order to help tell their story punctuated by visits from his sister who is helping to look after him. The play has a good sense of theatrical playfulness and the dialogue, especially between our protagonist and his sister, sparks nicely off the page. I have not seen another play that features these two particular characters from history." : Papatango Theatre


"REGRETS"

A play about Alzheimers and domestic abuse moves backwards and forwards across time.  (Cast of 4)

"An ambitious piece through which the writer experiments with structure and form in a way that theatre is well suited to ... the writer demonstrates a confrontational and punchy style": Shellagh Stephenson. 


                                                      "THE THREE MARYS"

Find out what happened to the girls from BUNTY who are now in late middle age - and why is there only 3 of them?

"I'm drawn to the characters.  I want to know about them, who they are, what shaped them, what draws them together, why is there a knitted dummy of the fourth Mary?  The dialogue has some genuinely funny moments." 


"SEPARATE TOGETHER"

It's difficult starting a new life when you're still living the old one.   (Cast of 5)

"A  tender and funny look at dating later in life. You capture the characters' apprehension well, and there are some moments which could work well on stage."


ANOTHER LIFE"

Darren has constructed himself a virtual self; but then, who hasn’t?  (Cast of 5: 2m/3f)  Opening scene performed at Live Theatre's Final Cut 7th and 8th June 2012  

 

"THE EASY WAY" 

Joan summons up her regular ghosts but isn’t prepared for them to tell the truth.  (Cast of 3 plus a cat or an impressionist)  Short-listed for BBC Radio Northern Playwright of the Year 1999) 

 

"DISAPPEARING ACT"

When everyone wants to be someone why would someone want to be no-one?  (Cast of 3)  

Live Theatre's Short Cuts winning script July 2010 - 10 minutes.
Full script published in "Experiments in Being Human"  

Other works

"That Kind of Man" - a novel available for publication.

"Experiments in Being Human" - a collection of poems prose and playlets.

4 x 10 minute plays on a variation of themes performed at the Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

 

Performance Poetry.