William George Q was born in 1970 in Stirling, Scotland.
After appearing at the age of nine in Babes of
the Wood with Russell Hunter and Tony Roper, he proceeded to write,
direct and act in plays throughout his education. He received a New Writing
Award for his play, Delphi, at Oxford
University. Despite his involvement in theatre he obtained a creditable degree
in Classics from University College.
After giving up piano lessons at the age of fifteen, he learned the blues
from his Latin teacher. He played with his band, The
Polemics, for a year, before an ESU scholarship took him to the USA.
There he recorded a solo album and sang in several choral and close harmony
groups. Through 1994 he was a regular at the Ceilidh House & Tron Tavern
Songwriters' Showcase, and he performed in the Edinburgh Festival of Music 1994.
He also wrote songs for a new play, Hitch,
by Harry Bell.
He moved to London to pursue acting courses at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier,
funded by the Scottish International Education Trust. His play, The Great Los Angeles Opportunity, was one of the
winners in the 1995
London Radio Playwrights' Festival. Restless Farewell, his
next drama, scooped the
Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights'
Award 1996, receiving a production at the Battersea Arts Centre; both plays
were broadcast on LBC Radio's
Sunday Playhouse. Since arriving
in the capital William has become a familiar face gigging at Bunjies Folk
Cellar, the Unlaced Plimsoll Club, and Pirate Jenny's at The Vortex Jazz Bar. He now plays guitar and
fretless bass for Philip Jeays, a rising
star recently invited to the Vancouver International Festival. Jeays -
-has been described thus:
"The best new songwriter I've heard for ten years"
"Just the sort of discovery you're always hoping to make at the
Edinburgh Festival but rarely do." (Charles Spencer,
The brilliant Jeays and his "orchestra" will be found at this
summer's Festival purveying their twisted postpunk kind of chanson at the Cafe
Royal throughout August.
Last year, William wrote text for a promenade spectacle devised by Livestock
Theatre: Brink (premièred in the
London Festival of Visual Theatre in October 1997 and appearing at this year's
Edinburgh Festival). He was also the musician in We
Don't Talk About It (Darüber Spricht Man Nicht), a new
translation of a German sex education play, in a reading at the BAC.
This year, in between playing several instruments throughout The Warp (the record breaking 24 hour play directed
by mad theatrical guru, Ken Campbell; you
can spot William in a four line "comedy Scotsman" cameo 18 hours into
the legendary show) and knocking off a one woman show called
The Great Yes, he has been busy writing
long short stories, which he claims are really quite good if you can finish
Upcoming projects include a new version of the Salome story for his
fledgling theatre company, Seven Sisters.
You will currently find him (when not reading scripts for IRDP or tutoring
recalcitrant Latin pupils) in a British Library reading room with a pile of
books about the controversial Dead Sea Scrolls, pretending not to be asleep.
William also has a home page
WILLIAM GEORGE Q - CURRICULUM
Writing & Directing:
Delphi, best original play, Oxford,
The Great Yes (Seven Sisters), 1998.
Brink (Livestock TC). London Festival
of Visual Theatre, 1997.
Restless Farewell, winner of Woolwich
Young Radio Playwrights' Competition, produced at Battersea Arts Centre, London,
The Great Los Angeles Opportunity,
winner of London Radio Playwrights' Competition 1995, broadcast on LBC Radio.
Directed Bar by Luke Dempsey,
commended by NSDF, 1991.
Ooley, for Oxford New Writing
The Warp (world's longest play)
1997/98, director: Ken Campbell.
We Don't Talk About It, BAC reading,
Sleep of the Just, Edinburgh Fringe,
Orestes in Aeschylus' The Furies
Simone Says (devised show).
Ooley (one man show),1991.
Alice in Wonderland (musical), 1991.
Taft Repertory Company, 1989-90: Conference of
the Birds (tour to Ontario Festival); Rainbow
Connection (children's show).
Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. Full workshop cycle.
Comedy writing: Ken Campbell
Radio Script Surgeries: IRDP
Physical theatre: Right Size, Black Mime Theatre, Benchtours
Theatresports improvised comedy. Juggling. Basic Mask Work.
Helped to re-establish Oxford Experimental Theatre Group. Treasurer of
University College Players, 1990-92.
Writing and Performing:
Original live music for Ken Campbell's The Warp,
Philip Jeays Trio, Vancouver Comedy
Festival 1997, Edinburgh Writing Fringe (Spirit of the Fringe Award),1996/98, &
Regular solo performer at Bunjies Folk Cellar;
Unlaced Plimsoll Club; Pirate Jenny's at the Vortex, 1994-1997.
Wrote songs for Hitch by Harry Bell,
1994. Recorded solo album.
Piano, guitar, bass, accordion, harmonica, voice. Grade 5 Theory.
26-09-70, Stirling, Scotland.
1994-95 Ecole Philippe Gaulier. (Funded by Scottish
International Education Trust.)
1989-93 University College, Oxford. Degree in Classics
1988-89 The Taft School, CT, USA (ESU scholar).
1983-88 Glenalmond College, Perthshire, Scotland.
Read William's fascinating account of having one of his
plays selected and produced for radio in
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