David Wood Biography (1944-)

Born February 21, 1944, in Sutton, Surrey, England; son of Richard Edwin andAudrey Adele (maiden name, Fincham) Wood; married Sheila Ruskin, 1966 (marriage ended, 1970); married Jacqueline Stanbury (an actress), January 17, 1975;children: (second marriage) Katherine, Rebecca. Avocational interests:Conjuring, collecting old books. Career: Actor, composer, producer, director, and writer. Appeared in repertory at Worchester, Watford, Edinburgh,Windsor, and Salisbury, 1966-69; W.S.G. Productions Ltd., director, 1966-; Whirligig Theatre (touring children's theatre company), co-founder and director, 1979-; director of one play annually at Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1979-; Verronmead Limited (television production company), founder and director, 1983-;performer of David Wood Magic and Music Show in theatres in United Kingdom,1983-; Westwood Theatre Productions, founder and director, 1986-95; W2 Productions Ltd., 1995-; member of drama advisory panel of Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978-80. Member: British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, andAuthors, British Actors Equity Association, Society of Authors, Green Room Club. Awards, Honors: Nottinghamshire Children's Book of the Year Award, 1990, for Sidney the Monster. Addresses: Contact: Casarotto Ramsay, Ltd., National House, 60 Wardour Street, London W1V 3HP, England.

David Wood's popular, successful plays focus on the often overlooked audienceof children. An actor, director, and writer, Wood is the co-founder of the Whirligig Theatre, a touring company devoted entirely to bringing his plays, as well as the works of others, to children throughout England. Among these plays are those that give a new spin to old tales, including The GingerbreadMan and The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See. ., and those that bring original, new stories to audiences, such as Flibberty and the Penguin and The See-Saw Tree. Wood's "musical plays appeal to children'slove of action, movement, colour, and spectacle," asserts Colin Mills in Twentieth-Century Children's Writers. And a Plays and Players contributor adds: "It might be said, now that he has cornered the market, that Wood is our first, and only children's dramatist."

Actor, composer, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
February 21, 1944
Sutton, Surrey, England

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