Philip read Modern Languages at Keble College, Oxford and subsequently trained as an actor. He has worked as a director, teacher, dramaturg and writer.
His first play was his autobiographical one-man show, Telling Tales(Oval House and Gay Sweatshop). This Island’s Minewas his first full-length play. Later came his trilogy of Devon plays (The Dearly Beloved, What I Did In The Holidays and Flesh And Blood) 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. His fourth play for the company, Buried Alive, played the southwest before being performed at Hampstead Theatre
Oberon has also published his plays for young people and children:Who’s Breaking, Listen, Sleeping Dogs, Wise Guys, Duck, Little Violet And The Angel(winner of the Peggy Ramsay award) and Wholeproduced by 20 Stories High which won a Writers’ Guild award.
Translations include Pedro The Great Pretender (Pedro de Urdemalas) by Cervantes for the Royal Shakespeare Company Spanish Golden Age Season and Gianina Carbunariu’s Kebabat the Royal Court.
His verbatim play Mad Bludabout the knife crime epidemic in 2008 was developed and performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and his adaptation of Kes with Kully Thiarai was performed at Cast in Doncaster in 2014
In 2010 he and his colleague Jim Pope set up Playing ON Theatre Company to produce his play about young fathers in prison, Inside. The company has since worked for several years in mental-health contexts, and he drew on those experiences when writing Hearing Things, most recently performed at the Omnibus Theatre.
He has also written and adapted plays for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
He is currently working on his next script for Playing ON,Can I Help You?,which will be performed in Spring 2020.