Brian entered the theatre direct from National Service, as Trainee Manager at the London Palladium. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Nottingham Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Library Theatre, but has especially fond memories of his years with Theatre Workshop at Stratford East and credits Joan Littlewood as the biggest influence on his writing and directing style.
He has toured extensively abroad for the British Council, with work in forty-two different countries including eight tours of the Indian sub-continent. Returning to Scotland in the 1980s he was involved in management at Stirling and Kirkcaldy, and started to write - his first scripts were for the theatre's annual pantomime. Humpty Dumpty was specially written as a star vehicle for Joe Pasquale, and was later adapted by Brian for the amateur stage. He also wrote Robinson Crusoe and produced it at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy. The script was based on the life of Alexander Selkirk and was set in the village of Lower Largo where Selkirk was born. Brian has spent the last few years in Fife, directing plays at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews. Now he mixes writing with freelance directing of plays, musicals and - most recently - Tayside Opera.
Web site: www.brianfreeland.co.uk
Scripts by this Author
Humpty Dumpty - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Originally written for a professional production starring Joe Pasquale, this script has been specially adapted for the amateur stage.
Lilies That Fester - One Act Play Scripts - Drama - Adult Groups
A suspenseful drama about witchcraft for five men and two women and set in a modern Scottish manse. From the short story by Christopher Rush
Robinson Crusoe - Pantomime Scripts - All Groups
Based on the Alexander Selkirk story via Daniel Defoe, the show has settings on the village green and at the harbour in Lower Largo, and in Barbados, under the sea.