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Dave Payne

Writer - Drama

Agent: Jean Kitson -

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Following a win on the ITV1 sketch show Shoot The Writers at the age of 20, Dave now writes predominantly comedy, drama and thrillers. A graduate of the Birmingham Rep Write Away Project, Dave’s short plays went on to be staged by Fractured Lines, Full Circle, Off The Fence and The Best Of The Platform at the Bread and Roses Theatre. As core writer for the award-winning Laughlines Comedy Entertainment, he wrote stage parody tributes to classic sitcoms including Blackadder, Only Fools and Horses and Allo, Allo before landing storylining opportunities with Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and EastEnders. He is currently producing for The Archers.



EastEnders (2014-2017)

Storyliner on the BBC1 soap opera.

Hollyoaks (2012)
Lime Pictures / Channel 4

Storyliner for online episodes


A Question of Murder (2014)

Comedy thriller for stage.

  • Lunchbox – Quids In Theatre Company, February 2015
  • Blaggards – Fractured Lines, Cog Artspace, London. Oct 2014.
  • Open Door  – Cucumber Writers, Birmingham Rep. June 2014.
No, No, No ...Yes: The Vicar of Dibley Dinner Show (2016)

UK Tour.

Delboy and Rodney: The Only Fools and Horses Dinner Show (2015)

UK Tour.

Skeletons (2013)

Short drama for stage

  • Blaggards – Fractured Lines – Bread and Roses Theatre. March 2015,
  • Southend Playwriting Festival – Full Circle Theatre Company, February 2014
  • The Best of The Platform – Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham,     London – July 2013
  • The Platform – Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham , London – May 2013
Macbeth Goes Gaga (2014)

Stage Musical Adaptation

  • Showcase – Gatton Youth Theatre – Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate. Oct 2014
  • Workshop with 1623 Theatre Company – April 2014.
Ooh Matron: The Carry On Dinner Show (2014)

UK Tour.

Ted and Co: The Father Ted Comedy Show (2014)

UK Tour.

Rene + Edith: The Allo Allo Comedy Dinner Show (2014)

UK Tour

Edmund & Co: The Blackadder Comedy Dinner Show (2014)

UK Tour.

PantoCrime: The Murder Mystery Dinner Show (2013)

UK Tour.

Leer The Musical! (2013)

Stage Musical – Adaptation

  • Work shopped with Musical Theatre Students – University of Wolverhampton – Sept / Oct 2013
  • The Script Readers – Theatre Royal, Stratford East – March 2012
The Case (2013)

Short play: Thriller

  • Alfred Hitchcock Festival – Off The Fence Theatre Company – The Curve Theatre, Leicester, October 2013.
  • Genesis Cinema New Writing Night – Whitechapel, London. May 2013.
Who Cares? (2013)

Short play: Drama

  • One Page Playwriting Competition. Menagerie Theatre Company, Hotbed Festival, Cambridge Theatre – July 2013. FINALIST.
Corrie On Killing (2013)
The Stafford Players

Murder Mystery

Various venues around Staffordshire

Come Die With Me (2012)
After Dark Entertainment

Murder Mystery

Birmingham 3 Week Window Festival – WINNER

Write Away Playwriting Project (2012)
Birmingham Rep
Just Desserts

Comedy Sketch

  • Midnight In The Garden – Behind The Bike Shed Theatre Company – The Ophelia, Dalston – May 2014
  • Open Doors – Stay On The Bus Productions – The Troubadour – Earls Court, London – April 2013
  • Shoot The Writers – ITV1 – 2003 – WINNER