has worked as a full-time professional playwright for over thirty five years and has written more than sixty plays and adaptations which have been staged extensively in theatres throughout Britain and abroad. His play The Lost Warrior
won the 1996 Arts Council England Children’s Award ‘for work which displays excellence, inspiration and innovation in children's theatre.’
Plays include The Machine Stops
(for York Theatre Royal), A Christmas Carol
(Bolton Octagon Theatre); Twice upon a Time
(Dundee Rep), Dancing in my Dreams
(Oxfordshire Theatre Company), The Minotaur and Leopard
(Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); The Emperor and the Nightingale, The Firebird
(Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); The Secret Garden
(Polka Theatre for Children); and Talking with Angels
(Quicksilver Theatre, London). The Lost Warrior
(for The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster) won the 2006 Arts Council England Children's Award for work which displays excellence, inspiration and innovation in children's theatre.
The Snow Queen, The Jungle Book, The Road to Glory, A Christmas Carol, The Emperor and the Nightingale
, and the collection Plays for Youth Theatres
and Large Casts
are also published by Aurora Metro Books.
Neil is married to freelance theatre director Eileen Murphy and lives in Bolton and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his four young grandchildren.