Christopher York


Christopher is a writer born in Scarborough.  He is one of the writing team for Out of Joint’s inaugural  STOCKROOM.  He is a HighTide First Commissions Winner and a 2021 finalist for Sky Arts’ Screen/Play Award.  Chris is also a member of the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Artistic Advisory Panel and The Faction.

His debut play, Build A Rocket toured the UK in 2019 and was Richard Jordan’s pick as ‘Best new British play of the year’ in The Stage.  It won the Holden Street Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe Award, and originally ran at Stephen Joseph Theatre.  The SJT also commissioned Chris’ play All Delighted People which celebrated forty years of youth theatre in the local borough.

Chris adapted and directed Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Pit & The Pendulum for Creation Theatre at The Bodleian Library, Oxford and Clapham Omnibus Theatre in 2018.  It received five start reviews from London Theatre Reviews and The Upcoming.  He has a new play in development with the support of Arts Council England examining men’s mental health and its relationship with sport.

His short plays include; Jimbob (The Arcola), 212 (The Bunker/Soho), A Million Little Hands, Seven People (The Arts), Act 6 (Rosemary Branch), Jesus is a Rochdale Girl (The Last Refuge), Drafts (Southwark Playhouse), Don’t Show This to Cheri (Stratford East).

Featured work

Build A Rocket

Written by Christopher York
Published by Bloomsbury Methuen
Director:  Paul Robinson
Designer: Helen Coyston
Lighting Designer: Ben Cowens
Composer/Sound Designer: Simon Slater
Performed by Serena Manteghi

a breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance
Telegraph ★★★★

delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction
Scotsman ★★★★

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