David Byrne



David is the founding Artistic and Executive Director of one of London’s most vibrant new writing theatres, the New Diorama Theatre (NDT) which won The Stage Award for Fringe Theatre of the Year, 2022. NDT’s sell-out hit co-production with Nouveau Riche, FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY, runs at the Royal Court, (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs) from 31st March-30th April 2022.  David is also a playwright and theatre director, whose first play won the Writers’ Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama in 2014.

His latest play THE INCIDENT ROOM, about the Yorkshire Ripper case, was co-written with Olivia Hirst and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, transferring to the New Diorama in February 2020, ahead of an Off-Broadway run.  Screen rights were picked up by Babycow Productions; David and Oliva are writing a 3 x 60′ tv adaptation.

His previous productions, SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS and a new, radical adaptation of George Orwell’s DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON both played to sold out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and in London, receiving four and five star reviews in the national press, with both transferring Off-Broadway. SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS has been published by Nick Hern Books.

David is also a comedy writer, developing both solo projects and joint scripts with Richard Hurst. THE PARTY was optioned by BBC comedy, after winning their nationwide Laughing Stock contest and David has had several original pitches commissioned including RUTHLESS, a comedy set in the Royal Opera House and STITCHES, a series set on Saville Row.  His most recent script BEING JULIAN, about Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange living in the Ecuadorian Embassy was performed at the Arcola Theatre and later optioned for television by Objective Productions, with Channel 4.

David is the recipient of several Peter Brook Awards, the Off-West End Award for Best Artistic Director, the Enfant Terribles Prize, and is one of The Stage’s 100 most influential people working in theatre.