ABOUT THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYS
The Shakespeare Plays is a play, screenplay and audio play that, for the first time in a single dramatic work, tells the remarkable true story of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer who ever lived. It encompasses comedy (the stealing of a theatre – yep, a whole theatre – to escape a vengeful landlord); history (as Shakespeare and his company of players become involved in a plot against the Queen, Elizabeth I); and, finally, tragedy (as Shakespeare eventually returns to Stratford for a long-overdue reckoning with his past). Written to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio, the first complete collection of his plays, The Shakespeare Plays tells the story of the man, the work and the legend that is Shakespeare.
There is also another screenplay, Hemings and Condell, which tells the story of Shakespeare through the eyes of his best friends and fellow players, John Hemings and Henry Condell.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Martin Keady is a multi-award-winning dramatist, journalist and lyricist (among other 'ist's!). As a dramatist, his major credits include: Manhood, a comedy about a middle-aged man desperately trying to find the "fun" in "erectile dysfunction", which won The Jacques Tati Award for Best Comedy Script 2022 at Castillonnès Festival du Film (https://www.castifilmfest.com/); Man of Colour, a biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain's first black professional footballers who subsequently became a hero of WWI, which won The Page Turner Awards Best Screenplay 2021 (https://pageturnerawards.com/2021-screenplay-award-winners); Hello Goodbye (Two Short Films About Love, Loss and Letting Go), which between them have won nearly a hundred awards at film festivals around the world (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzT4d0XnV60&t=13s); The Final (or A Short Film About Football), which was broadcast on Britain's Channel 4; and a play for children, Three Tragedies, about some of Shakespeare’s most famous minor characters, which is published online at: dramanotebook.com/plays-for-kids/three-tragedies.
As a journalist, he writes extensively for a number of print and online publications, including on screenwriting and television writing for The Script Lab thescriptlab.com/author/mkeady, on tennis for Last Word On Tennis lastwordonsports.com/tennis/author/martin-keady and on the Olympics and politics for C4News.com. And he has contributed three essays to Withnail & I: From Cult To Classic, a new book about the most beloved British film ever made, which will be published by Titan Books on 5 September 2023 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Withnail-I-Classic-Toby-Benjamin/dp/1803362391).
As a poet, he has written Shards, a collection of short poems, extracts from which have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four and published in the inaugural "Poets Issue" of KollideZine magazine. And as a lyricist, he co-wrote a WWI lament, Dreaming of England, with the composer Barnaby Robson - Dreaming of England on Spotify.
Martin has Masters Degrees in English Literature from Cambridge University, in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Avon, and in Playwriting from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Having lived in Los Angeles and in Ireland, he now lives in London with his wife and three children.