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Mr Adam Brace 

Associate Playwright

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Mr Adam Brace is an Associate Playwright in English at the University of Southampton.

I was born in London in 1980 and studied Drama (BA) at the University of Kent and Writing for Performance (MA) at Goldsmiths. My first full length play Stovepipe, about private security guards en route to Iraq, transferred to London in 2009 for an 8-week run in collaboration with the National Theatre. My second full length play, set amongst the Congolese diaspora in London, is a National Theatre commission currently under development at the NT Studio.

Shorter plays include: Midnight Your Time, a one-woman show written for Diana Quick, produced at HighTide Festival and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh; Electric Things for Headlong's Decade project;  A Real Humane Person Who Cares and All That, a black comedy about diplomacy in Central Asia which transferred from Edinburgh to London in 2008; Taking Part, a response to the Olympics staged at the Criterion Theatre in 2012. I also co-wrote and directed The Four Stages of Cruelty, based on Hogarth's 1751 engravings, which was produced by acclaimed ensemble company simple8 at the Arcola Theatre.

I am under commission to the Donmar Warehouse to adapt Norman Mailer's book The Fight, about the Rumble in the Jungle.

My first script for film, Best, recently won the Short Film Contest at London's Sundance Film Festival 2013.

As a director, I primarily work in live comedy, including recent shows by Jimmy McGhie and WitTank.  I have also directed numerous fringe theatre shows, short plays, workshops and readings.

Between 2011 and 2013 I was an Associate at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill before taking up my current role as Associate Playwright at Southampton Nuffield Theatre. Past jobs have included Teaching English to asylum seekers, and as a Journalist for The Irish Post. In the last ten years I have lived and worked in Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Moscow.

Research interests

I write scripts primarily for theatre, but with an increasing interest in writing for film and television.

My work is often research-based.  Some of my interests are Britain's relationship to the World, on a micro and macro-political level; cultural and moral relativism; the internet and its effect on personal relations and neurology; Empire and its contemporary consequences; Travel; Globalisation; Rugby, Boxing and Cricket.

Mr Adam Brace
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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