Guy Slater is an accomplished Actor / Writer / Director/ Producer/Teacher
His acting career includes an extensive repertory of West End, Television, including I CLAUDIUS, FATHER BROWN, NO HIDING PLACE, DOLLY DIALOGUES, EDWARD VII.
As Founding Artistic Director of Horseshoe Theatre Company, Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke (1974-80) he was responsible for producing, directing and managing nearly 100 theatre productions from small scale schools shows to major national No 1 Tours.
Artistic Director Oxford Theatre Festival (!979-81)
Freelance – Leatherhead, Farnham, Traverse Theatre, Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, UC Davis, California, Norwich, Watermill, Newbury etc
Dramaturg /Director / Co-producer “DON’T WAKE ME – The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong,” London – Edinburgh Festival – Brits Off Broadway Festival. Four city tour of India (Delhi, Kolkotta, Bangalore, Mumbai)
MICHAEL BILLINGTON – GUARDIAN
“Superbly performed by Jaye Griffiths and sensitively directed by Guy Slater, this is a four-star event that deserves the widest possible audience and movingly vindicates the monologue form.”
Evening Standard – FOUR STARS ****
“Passionate and moving… lively direction… a heart breaking sense of authenticity.”
“Drama at its best and not to be missed…. Director Guy Slater keeps the action feeling natural and spontaneous. “ FIVE STARS Theatre Reviews (NYC)
EASTERN STAR, Writer / Director / Co-producer. Tara Theatre Sept 2018. Guardian, Express, TLS 4*. “This vital fascinating new play” Michael Billington. With David Yip and Michael Lumsden.
Now to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Arts Council of Great Britain – Member of Projects (New writing) Committee, Drama Panel.
Southern Arts.- Drama Panel.
Board Member of Solent People’s Theatre, Horseshoe / Haymarket Theatre Company, Orange Tree Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Oxford Festival, Founder member/ Director Teddington Arts Performance Showcase.
NANNY (3 series with Wendy Craig)
MISS MARPLE (3 series with Joan Hickson – 15 million UK viewers, International best seller)
LOVE HURTS (3 series with Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker – “A perfect example of quality popular televsion drama”)
JOHNNY JARVIS, THE CLEOPATRAS, FRAMED
TV EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
CALL ME MISTER, HANNAY (Robert Powel)
SINGLE FILMS TV PLAYS
ONLY YESTERDAY (Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller – “An impressive production…” “Paul Scofield’s best TV performance to date” Well crafted, beautifully acted …” )
THE DARK ROOM, (Philip Jackson Susan Wooldridge “Impeccably performed and directed with hair trigger subtlety”…”Grimly moving, memorable for two fine performances”
GINGER, (George Cole)
HAPPY CHRISTMAS, I LOVE YOU,(Michael Williams, Gwen Taylor)
THE BLACK AND BLUE LAMP. (John Woodvine, Kenneth Cranham “”Adroit direction by Guy Slater…“seamless welding by Guy Slaterl…” “Guy Slater … spun a velvety black comedy….” “A slickly directed black farce…”)
Many short films for TAPS.
Head of Drama, Select TV (later Pearson TV).
For TV –
NO EASY WALK, (Michael Pennington, “A work of Art…””This very convincing play… “This highly promising play by a young author new to Television”
THE BROPHY STORY,
ANCIENT AND MODERN, “Mr Slater’s laconic pen …A cheeky appealing debunker… a fascinating send-up of British conscience…”
FRANKLIN”S FARM (Maureen Pryor. Thames TV’s nomination for Cannes TV Festival)
SEA SONG (Euston Films’ first original film with Tom Bell, Kika Markham. “A clipped elliptical running fight of a script”.
Creator SUNNY’S EARS (RTS Award, Best Children’s Drama, 1998)
For RADIO – PACKAGE BWANAS, INYA LAKE (BBC nomination for Morishega Award), YOU’RE BREAKING UP. EASTERN STAR
For THEATRE – WOMAN IN WHITE (Adaptation from Wilkie Collins – Farnham, Liverpool, Cheltenham, Harare Theatres), SLEEPING IT OFF (Feydeau Tr. Basingstoke, Southampton, UK National Tour`), UP THE GREEK (Musical, with Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley – RADA and GSA) “EASTERN STAR” Cockpit Theatre, three week run TARA Theatre S. London.
BEST THEATRE STORIES
BEST MOVIE STORIES
MY WARRIOR SONS ( “Pure gold…” None should overlook this little ingot…” “This cleverly annotated selection…” Edited with perception…” “touching and charming…””A vivid and touching portrait… amongst my Pick of the Year” “Excellent introduction…””A perfect peep into the household of an Edwardian family..””Illuminates a vanished species as brilliantly as a starshell…”
HAMBURGER’S HOUSE OF HORRORS (Children’s book)
Various workshops, short courses in acting, directing, producing and writing for screen and stage, both in UK (RADA – designed first 3-year Acting For Camera Course – ALRA, GSA, Central, London Film School) – and abroad (USA, Spain, Cuba, Pakistan).
Visiting Lecturer in Screenwriting, Roehampton University.