David Graham-Young



Read modern languages at Cambridge University. After several years teaching abroad and in the UK, he trained at LAMDA and The Drama Studio.

His work includes directing and producing his own translation of the Argentine playwright Eduardo Pavlovsky’s Potestad (Gate). The play was nominated for the Best New Play for the London Drama awards. The production transferred to the Glasgow Mayfest under the umbrella of 7:84 where it won a Scotland on Sunday Spectrum Award. The same production was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and won a Gold Medal at the New York International Radio Drama Competition. The translation has also been performed at the Lyric Belfast, the Dublin Festival and the Perth Festival in Western Australia.

David also directed his own play Regressions (Donmar Warehouse, RSC Fringe Festival at the Other Place and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough), Strindberg’s comedy First Warning (Gate) Georg Kaiser’s Flight to Venice (Gate) and his own translation of Eduardo Manet’s Mendoza in Argentina (Riverside Studios) his own adaptation of Bulgakov’s classic novel The Master and Margarita (Lyric Studio Almeida) Bulgakov’s Flight (Lyric Hammersmith) and the opera version of The Master and Margarita by Darryl Way for which he wrote the libretto (The Place).

Most recently he directed his own translation of Mrozek’s A Summer’s Day (which Mrozek attended) Ibsen’s Ghosts, Tankred Dorst’s Mister Paul, Manuel Puig’s The Mystery of the Rose Bouquet all at the Old Red Lion and his adaption of Ernesto Sábato's novel 'The Tunnel' in The Tunnel of Obsession at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon in November 2003 and at the Edinburgh Festival 2004.

His translation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s stage plays (Kathie and the Hippopotamus, The Young Lady from Tacna and La Chunga) have been published by Faber and Faber. His translation of Brazilian playwright, Dias Gomes’s The Well Beloved was given a reading at the Royal National Theatre Studio. He also directed a reading of Mick Fitzmaurice’s new play Trios about Robert Schumann as part of the New Voices Season at the Old Vic.

David is the founder and artistic director of Contemporary Stage Company.


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