John Foster
Founder and Artistic Director

John Foster is a playwright and screenwriter.  Screenwriting credits include episodes for TV series: Z-Cars, Softly Softly, Crown Court, Spytrap, A Family at War, Sutherland's Law, Emmerdale, Juliet Bravo, Rooms, The Practice (series creator), Rockliffe, Saracen, The Bill, Die Wache (Germany), Luifel & Luifel (Netherlands).  He has written for children's drama, single plays and dramatised documentaries for television, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC Omnibus on US crime writer Raymond Chandler.  He scripted the Patrick Swayze movie Letters from a Killer and is contributor to the award-winning crime fiction collection, Mean Time.  Currently engaged in writing for theatre, he has had a number of plays produced in London and the Southwest, where three of his plays have been successfully toured with Arts Council funding, and he is founder of Doppelganger Productions, a new writing theatre company.  He has contributed short plays to Encompass’ new writing showcase Bare Essentials and the Paperback Pictures new writing showcase in London, the Beirkeller new writing platform in Bristol, and in the Nuffield Theatre’s Experiment series in Southampton.  His full-length play, Chummy, performed at the White Bear Theatre, London, received four OFFIE nominations, one for ‘Best New Play.’ Two full-length plays, Tree in the Sky and No Exit Reloaded were performed respectively at Theatre N16, London, and the House of International Theatre, Copenhagen.  Supported by Arts Council funding, his play RIDE! toured in 2017/18 and was selected for performance in the Paines Plough 2018 Roundabout Festival.  His free adaptation of Frankenstein for Sisata Productions toured in 2018 and his play, Feral, toured in 2019.  He is currently commissioned to write a screenplay for Studio Pow Productions.  His film short, Faces of the Dead, received 'honourable mention' at the Independent Shorts Awards Festival, Los Angeles, 2020.  He contributed to House of International Theatre's lockdown series of film shorts, Hitting Home (2021), writing one of the scripts and performing in another.  The House of International Theatre toured his play Hap in Europe during 2021/22 as part of the Move the North cross-border festival, visiting Hamburg, Malmo, Copenhagen and London.  His play Fukushima toured London and the Southwest in  2022 and his new play Vigilante will tour in 2023.