Development

Several projects are in development alongside projected productions of existing work:

Stage

10 Rillington Place

Set between the condemned cell at Pentonville Prison in July 1953, and Christie’s flat at the infamous address from 1943 to 1953, the latest one-man show from Jan van der Black examines the psyche and the soul of the notorious killer, John Reginald Halliday Christie. Although forever associated with the tragic case of Timothy Evans, Christie was responsible for at least 8 murders and this play examines his motivations, his own admissions and the circumstances and activities that led him to the condemned cell. Drawing on transcripts from trials, medical reports on Christie and other respected source materials on the cases, Jan van der Black tells the story behind the story of one of the most sinister killers in British criminal history.

Development status – Opening at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Robbery With Violets

No meeting of the “Nom-de-Bloom” Society – the only society for women with flower names – has ever ended with three of its members, in this case Violet, Violet and Violet, becoming hostages to a trio of ruthless villains. This one has, and it’s all really rather tiresome. Especially as the villains don’t even know they are there…

Development status – outline

Specs, Spies and Sellotape

The annual convention of spies isn’t going well. Our boys are in a sticky situation and the Martinis are running out.

Development status – outline

 Screen

The Box

A feature length screenplay adaptation of the play by Jan van der Black.

Development status – first draft

Dead Funny

An episodic comedy/drama series set in a funeral parlour. In the pilot episode a man, driven by grief over his wife’s early death, breaks into the funeral parlour to share one last night with her. Obsessed by the desire to keep her with him, he steals the embalmed body and takes it home. The next day he finds that the dead woman is not his late wife, but the corpse of a different woman.

Development status – outline

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