MIKE KENNY is one of the UK’s leading writers specialising in young people’s theatre. He was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. In 2000, he was Arts Council England’s first recipient of The Children’s Award for Playwriting for Children and Young People.
His Olivier Award-winning adaptation of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN for York Theatre Royal has had several successful revivals at Waterloo and Kings Cross stations, as well as at the National Railway Museum. In Canada it won the People’s Choice Award following its record-breaking run in Toronto. Mike also won the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Play for Younger Audiences with THREE WISE MONKEYS, the Deutscher Kindertheaterpreis in 2012 with ELECTRIC DARKNESS, and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2018 with his libretto for CALDERLAND - A PEOPLE’S OPERA produced by 509 Arts. In July 2013, Mike was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham for his work in theatre for young people.
His plays encompass a broad range, including traditional tales reimagined with a modern twist, original plays for family audiences, and adaptations of classic and contemporary fiction. Mike’s recent productions include an adaptation of Jeff Brown's FLAT STANLEY for Engine House Theatre; UNDERNEATH A MAGICAL MOON for tutti frutti; RANDOM SELFIES for Ovalhouse; BOY WITH A SUITCASE at the State Theatre of Northern Greece and also Kappa Theatre in Athens; IN FOG AND FALLING SNOW (with Bridget Foreman) for York Theatre Royal; THE MESSENGER for Barnstorm Theatre; and FOLLOW ME, a version of the Pied Piper story for Tangere Arts.
For teens and older audiences, his adaptations of Homer’s THE ODYSSEY and Siobhan Dowd's novel SOLACE OF THE ROAD had their premieres at Derby Theatre, and he has also adapted Giancarlo Gemin's COW GIRL which was published by Oxford University Press.
Upcoming productions and commissions include Ted Hughes’ THE IRON WOMAN for Moonlight Theatre at The Other Palace; THIS IS NOT FOR YOU, an epic open air piece about wounded war veterans with Graeae Theatre, part of the 14-18 Now arts programme; new versions of HANSEL & GRETEL and THE SNOW QUEEN for Derby Theatre and tutti frutti productions respectively; and an co-adaptation with Satinder Chohan of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS for Octagon Theatre, Bolton. His adaptation of Jeannie Waudby’s critically-acclaimed novel, ONE OF US, will be published by Oxford University Press in summer 2018.