David Byrne



Artistic and Executive Director of London’s New Diorama Theatre, David Byrne is a playwright and theatre director, whose first play won a Writers Guild New Writing award in 2004.  New show SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2017 and will be produced at New Diorama and Theatre 59E59 in Spring 2018.  He is also developing original sitcom ideas, solo and together with writing partner Richard Hurst.  THE PARTY was optioned by BBC Comedy who then commissioned a sitcom set in the Royal Opera House called RUTHLESS.  BEING JULIAN, written for the series of short plays ‘The Miniaturists’ performed at the Arcola Theatre, was optioned for television by Objective Productions.  At Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2015 David’s adaptation of DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON played in the Pleasance Courtyard. In 2013 KUBRICK CUBED garnered 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Festival (Pleasance Courtyard).  Earlier that year, THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE a musical about Alan Turing was produced at the New Diorama. THE DARK ROOM was nominated for Best Director by the Off-West-End Awards and was Critics Choice in Time Out. A STROKE OF GENIUS was co-produced by Pleasance Theatres for the Edinburgh Festival and was presented as part of Arts Council England’s Escalator showcase as well as being awarded the Charlie Hartill Fund for emerging artists.  In 2011 David was one of the winners of BBC Writers Room national script contest Laughing Stock. His most recent shows have received Critics Choice in The Times and won the Enfant Terribles Prize. As a founding member of New Diorama Theatre, based just off Regent’s Park, David’s programme has been awarded two Peter Brook Awards; the first for establishing a central London home for ensemble theatre, and the second for its support of young NDT associate theatre company, The Faction. The New Diorama is currently in its fifth successful year having welcomed over 100,000 audience members.