Piers Black-Hawkins

Piers Black-Hawkins is a writer and director, and a co-founder of Ransack Theatre. He has worked with Hightide, the Soho Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre, the Royal Exchange and Home MCR, as well as providing development assistance for Red Production Company and SparkLab. Piers was recently assistant director on Paul Auster’s City of Glass, adapted by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Leo Warner for 59 Productions/HOME MCR and Lyric Hammersmith.

Piers won the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2015/16 for his play Hand to Mouth. He adapted the play for radio under the new title Human Resources and it tx’d on BBC Radio 4 in July 2017.

Piers wrote and directed his play Solve in 2011 at the John Thaw Studio, Manchester which went on to transfer and sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Winner of Manchester In Fringe Theatre Award for ‘Best Production’.

‘5 Stars – Emotional, gut punch theatre of the highest order, ‘Solve’ is a must see.’ – Three Weeks Edinburgh.

He has also directed his plays Paper Shield (‘4.5 Stars – ‘Howling… heart- wrenching… and fantastically created… – The Mancunion), Enveloped In Velvet (Official selection for Manchester Shorts Festival) and Box (for the 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester). He was commissioned to write The Left Behinds for the Royal Exchange’s Young Company, who produced the play in June 2014.

In September 2014 Piers was accepted onto the Soho Theatre’s annual writers course. Paper Shield had a rehearsed Lunchtime Reading at HighTide in November 2014.

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Piers Black-Hawkins is represented by Rochelle Stevens