Carol Allen

Carol Allen

Writer/director/drama tutor

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

 

Carol trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, acted and directed with fringe theatre companies and worked for BBC TV as a production secretary, where she first learned about the nuts and bolts of filming. She then went into radio and in the eighties was a presenter, reporter and producer for LBC radio in London, then becoming the station’s specialist in cinema. Since leaving LBC she has continued to broadcast and write about film and other subjects, teaches drama and other media skills and has also produced several series for BBC Radio as an independent producer.

She started writing screenplays in the nineties with co-writer the late Peter Thornton and one of their scripts, Flashback, won a Radio Times award. When Peter died, they were working on a feature film screenplay about Charles II, which Carol has since completed. She is also working on more feature length film ideas.

As a writer/director she has completed two half hour drama features, Miss Threadgold and With Marjorie Gone, three further shorts, currently in the editing stage, is seeking funding with her producers for a further short, A Textual Affair and for a film based on a theatre piece she has developed with her older learners’ drama group about the issue of older people and isolation.

Carol was also co-author and director of the play “Going Back”, performed at the Actors Centre in July 2013 and in in June 2014 adapted and directed “The 21st Century Merchant of Venice” for McFarland Ray Productions at the Drayton Arms Theatre. She wrote and directed “The Glorious Georges”, a site specific piece about the history of Kensington Palace in the 18th century, which was performed at the palace in June 2015.  Her a monologue "Gloria aka Glee" formed part of a showcase of new writing at the Leicester Square Theatre in August 2015 and a further monologue "Do You Speak Cat?" was performed as part of a Director’s Cut programme at the St James’s Theatre in 2016. “War Babies” (wrote and directed) was performed as part of the Women in War festival produced by the So and So Arts Club at their theatre at Frederick’s Place in the City (July 2016).

She has been working as drama tutor at the New Horizons activity centre for over 50s since 2010, has created some half dozen shows with the group and written many short plays and sketches for these plus writing and directing a film with them (Miss Threadgold).  The group's most recent show was "A Vintage Selection", performed as part of the centre's 10th anniversary celebrations.   Carol is now looking for a suitable venue in which to film the show. 

Work History

Writer/director/producer/drama tutor - Freelance and Cat's Whiskers Productions

Jul 1987 - Sep 2017

Education

Speech and Drarma - University of London Diploma in Drama/Teacher's diploma of Central School - Central School of Speech and Drama

Sep 1960 - Jul 1963

Skills

  • Scriptwriting
  • Digital Film
  • Producing
  • Radio Presenting
  • Teaching
  • Theatre

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