Philip Osment read Modern Languages at Keble College, Oxford and trained as an actor at Webber Douglas. He acted with leading alternative theatre companies including The Half Moon, Shared Experience and Gay Sweatshop (who performed his first scripts) and then went on to work as a director and writer.
He has also written and directed plays for young people for Theatre Centre and Red Ladder.
His trilogy of Devon plays (The Dearly Beloved, What I Did In The Holidays and Flesh And Blood) was commissioned by Mike Alfreds and produced by Cambridge Theatre Company (aka Method and Madness). These were all nominated for Writers Guild awards and The Dearly Beloved won the award for best regional play in 1993. In 1999, Mike Alfreds commissioned Buried Alive which played the southwest before coming in to Hampstead Theatre. In 2000, Little Violet And The Angel was the co-winner of the Peggy Ramsey Award; Wise Guys was performed as the inaugural production at the new Contact Theatre and was nominated for TMA and Manchester Evening News Best Play awards.
His play Leaving for Quare Hawks Theatre Company toured Ireland in 2002 and he devised Collateral Damage about terrorism and the Oklahoma bombing with Mike Alfreds and students from LAMDA, which was performed in the autumn of 2004. Three of his radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio.
He translated Pedro The Great Pretender (Pedro de Urdemalas) by Cervantes as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Spanish Golden Age Season at the Swan and in the West End in 2004, and in 2006 he directed his translation of Molière’s George Dandin for Graeae Theatre Company. His adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling – Duck! – for the Unicorn Theatre ran over Christmas 2007, and his translation of Gianina Carbunariu’s Kebab from Romania ran at the Royal Court in September 2007.
Fathers Inside, commissioned by the National Youth Theatre, was presented at the Soho Theatre in August/September 2009.
His latest commission, Whole, for 20 Stories High toured nationally in spring 2013.
Work in progress: a commission from Theatre Royal Stratford East.
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