About

Darren Rapier

Drama and Media Professional

Quotes on Previous Work

'A surprisingly sophisticated piece'

The Stage - Smoke

'Ingenious, yet ironic and very entertaining'

Time Out - Smoke

'remarkable...Challenging and reassuring at the same time'

Times Educational Supplement - Riverscross Project

'Fascinating'

What's On in London - Extensions of Love

'Poetic Writing'

Time Out - Worlds Apart

Recent highlights

  • Lecturer - Applied Theatre BA, Royal Central School of Speech and Dramai
  • Writer - How to be human - Sci-Fi short, directed by Bruno Centofanti
  • Panel - Smalls Film Festival (Final Draft Panel); BFI Future Film (Sci-Fi Panel)
  • Lecturer - Applied Theatre, Greenwich University
  • Lecturer - Film Writing, SAE Institute
  • Tutor - BFI Screenwriting Course
  • Script Consultant - 'The Vessel' - feature film, Quarry Island Films
  • Writer - 'EastEnders' - episodes include Easter Monday 2016 & Fathers & Sons special
  • Tutor - TV & Film, Rose Bruford College
  • Tutor - MA/MFA Writing, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Writer - 'Doctors' - BBC TV
  • Writer/Director - 'Sealed with a Kiss'' - short film, Tualen Pictures
  • Writer - 'Deep Breaths' - TV Pilot, directed by Gareth Fient
  • Director - 'Riverscross' - continuing drama, Spanner in the Works
  • Script Consultant - 'Rock Pool - feature film, directed by Bruce Webb, Whatever Pictures
  • Writer - '9 Months' - short film, directed by Gareth Fient
  • Facilitator - 'Whatever Makes You Happy' - Specialist YPT, Greenwich and Lewisham YPT
  • Co-Project Creator - Sci-Fi London India, Mumbai Science Fiction Writing Project
  • Facilitator - 'Lost' - open air theatre project, Greenwich and Lewisham YPT
  • Actor - 'Ellipse' - short film, directed by Ilana Rein
  • Facilitator - Curiousity Children's Conference, Make Believe Arts
  • Script Consultant - 'The Habit of Beauty' - feature film, directed by Mirco Pincelli, Pinch Media
  • Evaluator - Exchange for Change Project, Half Moon YPT
  • Facilitator - Pointless Taxi Productions, film classes

Member of

British Actors' Equity

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain

The British Watch and Clock Makers' Guild

Videos

Training

BA (hons) Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama

John Cass College

BBC Writers Academy

TAPS

Reviews

 

Worlds Apart - Time Out

Darren Rapier's new play follows a family as they escape from post- partition India to pre-swing London. In setting the play in both countries, divided by 14 years, Rapier studies how Vincent and Conny Richardson are perennial foreigners in their own land. As members of the Anglo-Indian middle class, they no longer hold any sway in the new Indian society, and as immigrants to an England whose quota of immigrants is `full', they feel unwelcome and disillusioned.

It is a disillusionment fed by an antiquated vision that their community had nurtured. The play juxtaposes Conny's dreams of an England of sandwiches at the Savoy with the reality of scrubbers on scrubland. Vincent unwittingly bonds with a prostitute called Rose in his local north London park while practicing his 'kite fighting', a noble sport of kings in his homeland. His meditative practice becomes a means of escaping the everyday mundanity, and of connecting with a Buddhist philosophy that underpins the play ('we tug at strings, but have no control of the wind'). The threads of the story are cleverly entwined by this image (people are always wanting to `cut the thread' of their various ties, whether of blood, marriage or nation).

The simple and elegant set also reflects this motif, with sepia prints hanging from diagonal strings. The stagecraft is equally economical and effective. This stasis suits the dignified performances and contrasts vividly with Rapier's political and poetic writing and overriding message, namely that immigration has always been an issue in Britain; moreover, for immigrants and Buddhists alike, nothing is ever still.

 

Benjamin Davis

 

 

Doctors - Tuning Out

BBC1 31st March 2008

 

On Monday March 31st 2008 Series Ten of BBC1s ‘DOCTORS’ begins. The first episode (‘TUNING OUT’) is about a young man in the early stages of schizophrenia and is written by Darren Rapier, who has worked in an adolescent psychiatric unit for the past ten years. In this episode Darren wanted to capture the reality of a much misunderstood disease and has used Voice Over to take us right inside the patient’s head.

 

As Doctors is essentially a writer-led show, with each episode having a ‘story of the day’ it is one of the few continuing drama series on the television where writers can still make individual choices on style and content.

 

‘I didn’t want to portray him as an axe wielding maniac, I wanted to show the reality of what can be a very confusing and worrying state of mind’.

 

Darren has done this by allowing us access into the mind of an adolescent sufferer - Tate. The audience dip in and out of Tate’s head, to give us an idea of what it’s really like coping with his own different voices and echoes on a daily basis.

 

‘As far as I know using Voice Over in this way hasn’t been done on Doctors before. I wanted the voices not to be ‘Hammer Horror’, but real and even funny, as they are in many cases of psychotic episodes like this’.

 

Darren has worked at Guy’s Hospital for the past ten years running drama workshops at the hospital school and the adolescent psychiatric unit. This has given him first hand experience of working with young people with schizophrenia and other mental health problems. As research for this episode he also interviewed one of the consultants on the unit, to try and make sure Tate’s story was as true to life as possible.

 

Darren started writing on Doctors in 2004, after initially coming to their attention via the BBC Talent Drama Writing scheme.

 

Madelaine Stevens - Young Minds

 

 

Writing & Directing

A selection of recent work

 

Television

‘EASTENDERS & DOCTORS’ - BBC TV

OFF THE WAGON dir Poitr SzkoPiak

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG dir Poitr SzkoPiak

TUNING OUT dir. Terry Iland

FIRST IMPRESSIONS dir. Rupert Such

RUOK? dir. Michael Murphy

STICKS AND STONES dir. Michael Baig-Clifford

Film

HOW TO BE HUMAN dir. Bruno Centofanti

DEEP BREATHS dir. Gareth Fient

SEALED WITH A KISS dir. Darren Rapier

9 MONTHS dir. Gareth Fient

FAIRY ON THE RUN dir. Darren Rapier

RED HOT LINE dir. Darren Rapier

BLIND MAN'S BLUFF dir. Darren Rapier

IT IS dir. Darren Rapier

THE RACE dir. Darren Rapier

THE THIN FILM dir. Darren Rapier

 

Radio

SILVER STREET, dir Nasreen Ahmed, Continuing Drama, BBC Asian Network

VITAL STATISTICS, dir David Hunter, BBC Radio Drama & Hampstead Theatre

 

Theatre

PAYBACK dir. Darren Rapier/ Claire Newby, (Part devised/ Youth Theatre) Greenwich and Lewisham YPT

1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS dir.Kenn Michaels, In the Wings Productions, Secombe Theatre

CLARA AND THE NUTCRACKER dir.Kenn Michaels, In the Wings Productions, Charles Cryer Theatre

THE LITTLE MERMAID dir.Kenn Michaels, In the Wings Productions, Charles Cryer Theatre

THE SNOW QUEEN dir.Kenn Michaels, In the Wings Productions, Charles Cryer Theatre

WORLDS APART dir. Stuart Murdoch, Spanner in the Works, The Brockley Jack Theatre

EXTENSIONS OF LOVE dir. Stuart Murdoch, Undiscovered Productions/Oval House, The Oval House Theatre.

THE BEANS AND THE MAGIC BOOK dir. Darren Rapier, In The Wings Productions, NW Kent Tour

BOOM dir. Nick Pilton, Bexley London Borough, NW Kent Tour

THE GALLERY dir. Derek Elwood, Union Theatre Company, The Union Theatre SE1

SMOKE dir. Nick Pilton, Spanner in the Works, The Union Theatre SE1

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES dir. Helen Walls, Insight Theatre Company, The Brockley Jack Theatre

RAIDING PARADISE dir. Stuart Murdoch, RBC, The Barn Theatre

THE THIEFTAKER dir. Frances Moore, Full Scale Productions, Bridge Lane Theatre Battersea

 

In Development

THE GLASSHOUSE - Sci-Fi feature

THE THIEFTAKER GENERAL - Period (1720s) screenplay based on the play

THE ROAD TO WEOBLEY - Comedy Drama screenplay

HIGH SEAS AND LITTLE 'B'S - Feature, Comedy screenplay

MINDS AND HEARTS - Drama Series

 

Gillian Kearney and Abigail Hardingham in Sealed With a Kiss

Acting Experience

A selection of recent work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film and Television Includes:

Little Howard's Big Question, Scientist, CBBC, Dir. Bruce Webb

The Be All and End All, Doctor Palmer, Whatever Pictures/Tubedale Films, Dir. Bruce Webb

And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Salman Rushdie, Archer Street Productions, Dir. Anand Tucker

Yum Yum, Raj the Postman, C2’s Productions , Dir. John Rowe (Nickelodeon)

Casualty, Doctor Philip Broughton, BBC, Dir. Sven Arnstein

Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Geek, Whatever Pictures , Dir. Bruce Webb

Beat Girl, Security Guard, Reactive Entertainment, Dir.Mairtín de Barra

Ellipse, Network, Sci-Fi London, Dir.. Ilana Rein

The Grass Arena, Jack, BBC, Dir: Gillies MacKinnon,

The Trouble With Tipo, Saabir Khan, Junglee Productions, Dir: Aamina Ahmad

 

Theatre Credits Include:

Sheriff of Nottingham, Babes in the Wood, In the Wings Productions, Dir: Kenn Michaels, South East Tour

Aladdin, Abanazah, In The Wings Productions, Dir: Kenn Michaels South East Tour

Dead End, Brian Wedmore, Drama Studio , Dir: Odi Ashkenazi Grange Court Theatre

The Thieftaker, Jonathan Wild, Full Scale Productions , Dir: Frances Moore, Bridge Lane Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof, Perchik, Lewisham Arts , Dir: Kevin Spicer, Lewisham Theatre

The Dumb Waiter, Gus, Bullshot Theatre Company, Dir: Sue Dunderdale, Greenwich Studio Theatre

1789, Lord and Storyteller, Greenwich Theatre, Dir: Michael Crompton, Greenwich Theatre

 

Training Films & Corporate:

Dealing With Fire Aboard ship, Ship’s Master Videotel Productions , Dir: Richard Hackett

Personal Protective Clothing, Purser Videotel Productions , Dir: Julian Grant

 

Voice Over:

Dosh, Presenter Channel 4, Dir: Nick Hole Motivation Sounds Ltd.

 

Skills:

Method and Epic Acting/ Improvisation/ Physical Theatre/ Dialects and Accents/

Workshop Leading (schools & arts organisations) / Fencing/ Skiiing/

Archery/ Cycling/ Horology/ Writing/ Bricklaying/ Photography.

 

Directing and Facilitating Experience

An eclectic mix of freelance work, project management, production and directing.

 

Tualen Pictures

COMPANY DIRECTOR, Film production company.

 

 

Royal Albert Hall

‘Tosca New Writing Project’ and 'Carmen New Writing Project' – Developing and running a writing workshop for ex-offenders from Edmonton’s Youth Offending Team’s list and The Irish Traveller Womens' Group in Ealing. Breaking down and re-working the operas into a half hour contemporary play written by the young people. The production was then performed as a rehearsed reading at the Royal Albert Hall, directed by Phil Daniels.

 

Spanner in the Works

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Small scale productions and drama based educational workshops in schools, hospitals and museums. These have included the adolescent psychiatric unit at Guy’s, TS2K, Evelina Hospital school and the Livesey Museum. CD and film projects. Current projects include the Riverscross soap opera project, a full scale professional TV soap created by young people at the Snowsfileds Unit at Guy's Hospital.

 

National youth Theatre

WRITER/CO-DIRECTOR ID1000 Heritage based project with young people aged 13 – 21 to devise a show over three weeks based on personal and geographical heritage. Looking at identity and what it means to be British in today’s multicultural environment.

 

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre

WORKSHOP LEADER/CONSULTANT: running and devising TiE projects in and around SE London. ‘Writing for Performance’ leader for Summer Arts College; writer for the 14+ play ‘PAYBACK’ in 2007; Facilitator Tower of London Writing and Acting Project; facilitator 14+ group; Project Manager/Facilitator Heratage Royal Arsenal Project; Facilitator Whatever Youth Theatre; Facilitator on 'Lost' open air performance schools project; Facilitator on 'SPEAK OUT' speech therapy project.

 

Freelance Writing, Drama & Film Workshop Leader/ Personal Tutor

Theatre technique, Applied Theatre, text analysis, acting, directing, writing, screenwriting,devising and stage fighting. GCSE, A level and Degree standard. Also curriculum based subjects for younger children, devised performances for schools and colleges. Dartford Youth Theatre co-ordinator and workshop leader (2003/4). Running workshops or being a consultant for companies such as The London Bubble, Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples' Theatre and The Half Moon. Independant projects like Make Your Mark in Film and Sci-Fi Londn India. Lecturer SAE Institute (screenwriting), BFI (screenwriting), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (writing MA/MFA), Rose Bruford College (Screen Acting), Greenwich University (Applied Theatre).

 

CARE Partnership (Charlton Athletic Racial Equality)

CARE TRAINER: Delivering drama workshops in schools and communities within the London Borough of Greenwich.

 

Bexley London Borough /Arts Council

CO- DIRECTOR, environmental projects for Thamesmead primary schools. Director - Youth Theatre ‘Primary Colours’ project for 7 - 11 year olds. Co- director - ‘Landmarks’, production at The Millennium Dome and at the Danson Millennium Festival. Director of devised theatre project for HM The Queen’s visit to the borough, with 16 – 18 year olds.

 

Eastside Productions

WORKSHOP LEADER, Page to the Stage (National Youth and Music Theatre).

 

Writer’s Guild of Great Britain

EDITOR, Guild Network. Currently regular contributor to ‘UK Writer’ Magazine for Guild.

 

Futures Theatre Company

WORKSHOP LEADER.

 

Undiscovered Productions

CO-PRODUCER/WORKSHOP LEADER. These included workshops on Balinese Culture, The Ramayana and the Kacak.

 

Other Information, Specialities and Interests

Active member of the Education committee of the Writers' Guild.

Horology (member of the British Watch and Clockmaker’s' Guild).

Early Eighteenth Century History/ Balinese Culture/ The Brechtian Epic.