Richard O’Brien was a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, and the 2015 London Book Fair Poetry Prize. He is the author of three pamphlets, your own devices (tall-lighthouse, 2009); The Emmores (The Emma Press, 2014) and A Bloody Mess (Dead Ink/Valley Press, 2014). His work has featured in Poetry London, The Salt Anthology of Younger Poets (2011) and The Best British Poetry 2013. In 2013, he read at the BBC Proms for a recording broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Andrew McMillan describes him as ‘one of the strongest poets of his generation’, Sabotage Reviews praised ‘a love poetry that is almost courtly in its complexity, like a finely wrought love-token, and deeply pleasurable to read,’ and Richard’s work has also been favourably discussed in a Times Literary Supplement feature on the best pamphlets of 2014. He is working on a practice-led PhD on Shakespeare and the development of verse drama, funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
Rebecca Martin is an Australian theatre practitioner and co-founder of award-winning Sydney Theatre company, pantsguys Productions. Her credits include for stage: A View of Concrete, The Mercy Seat,The Shape of Things, autobahn, Punk Rock, After the End, Cock. For screen: The Great Gatsby, Cedar Boys, Neighbours, Underbelly. As director: Julius Caesar, The Knowledge, autobahn, Lord of the Flies, God: A Play, Black Comedy. Rebecca trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and has a BA from the University of New South Wales and a Masters from the University of Melbourne.
Richard and Rebecca are both available for interviews, and can be contacted for further comment at richardtobrien AT gmail DOT com, or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hauntedhousetheatre