Melville Lovatt

About Melville Lovatt

Melville Lovatt is an award winning playwright / monologue writer whose plays have been performed widely in smaller theatres throughout London.

NODA Award – June 2018 Melville Lovatt with Kim Wedler and Linda Hampson of Ruislip Dramatic Society

A number of Melville’s plays have won awards:
The Powers That Be won The Sussex Playwrights Club 1st Prize for best full-length play.
Small Mercies, a full-length play, won both a Jack Langford Memorial Award and a Derek Lomas Memorial Award.
Two one-act plays The Grave and The Kiss were shortlisted for The Diane Raffle Award.
Two monologues, Egg And Spoon and Making Adjustments (from Standing Alone) won the 2018 NODA Showcase Competition on 23 June 2018 at the Radlett Centre. Kim Wedler and Linda Hampson of the Ruislip Dramatic Society performed the pieces.

‘Going Out In Style’ in Bus Stop Blues was joint runner-up in The Player / Playwrights Short Play Competition 2022.

His monologue, The Dream features on Week 5 (last performance) of Tickle & Scratch: Spooky Stories

The Wall’ and ‘The Teddy Bear’ from his collection Standing Alone are on YouTube by East Lane Theatre Company, as is the monologue he directed, ‘Waiting For Jesus.’

Melville’s poetry has won awards:
“When all this is over” won the Barnet Borough Times June 2020 poetry award.
“The last sale” won the Harrow Times Poetry Writing Competition in December 2020.
“To Poetry” won the Harrow Times Poetry Writing Competition in May 2021.
“The Laughing Clown” came joint second place in the April 2023 Watford Writers Poetry Competition (The theme for the competition was “A Day Out”).

Melville studied playwriting at The City Literature Institute, Drury Lane, London and also at The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn.

He was President of Harrow Writers Circle until 2018 and lives in Hatch End, North West London and is a member of Uxbridge Library’s “Curtain’s Up” Play Reading Group.

Watford Fringe Festival 2022
To watch and listen to Melville Lovatt reading a small selection of his poems:
Poems1- https://youtu.be/QV04FcJ8t7Q
Poems 2- https://youtu.be/Y5cjDnY72Dk

Listen to Podcast of Melville Lovatt’s Awarding Winning Play The Powers That Be and also the Bonus interview about the play at:
https://anchor.fm/dptc and on other Podcast platforms
Youtube link for short monologue, “The Wall” by Melville Lovatt presented by East Lane Theatre Company: https://youtu.be/GSORQAu76b4
Youtube link for short monologue, “The Dream” by Melville Lovatt presented by Turn Point Theatre Company:

(5th monologue on programme which appears at 37.31 minutes)

To date, Melville has published the following… to see more about a specific publication, click on the image below the list.

Small Mercies
The Powers That Be
Visiting Time (When it is published in 2024.)

The Lamp
The Distressed Table
The Boomerang
Making Adjustments
The Kiss
The Weekend
The Grave

Bedtime Story

Bus Stop Blues

Standing Alone
Relationships (With 5 other writers.)

Dancing For England


Plays and Monologues by Melville



Philip Philmar

About Philip Philmar

Philip Philmar is an actor, writer, performance poet, and also (as Phil Davis) an artist. He has appeared in several films by Tim Burton: Slugworth in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr Fogg in Sweeney Todd, and Mr Archer in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Also, the disgusting Cook Giant in Jack the Giant Slayer; as a shape-changing alien in Disney’s John Carter; and numerous other delightfully odd and disparate roles.

See more about Philip here

Philip performs a monologue by Francis Beckett on Youtube, hosted by PlayerPlaywrights

Books by Philip


James Kenworth

James Kenworth

JamesJames Kenworth is a professional freelance playwright and creative writing workshop leader/devisor. His plays include Johnny Song, Gob, Polar Bears, issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse), Dementia’s Journey (Dementia), and site-specific plays When Chaplin Met Gandhi (Kingsley Hall) and Revolution Farm (Newham City Farm). You can read more about James on his website.

His play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category, Dementia & the Arts. He has recently been awarded Main Programme Funding from The Royal Docks Trust to write a play about Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party, the first Socialist MP in Parliament and Labour MP for West Ham South. You can watch the play here.

He has extensive experience of planning, preparing and teaching playwriting and creative writing programmes/workshops for a wide variety of age groups and learners including children, young people, students and adult learners. He has worked on a regular basis on the delivery of these creative writing programmes with leading organisations such as Spread The Word, Cardboard Citizens, Workers Educational Association, Newham Adult Learning Service, Newham Libraries, Soho Theatre, and University of East London.

Prodeepta Das designed the cover/poster for When Chaplin met Gandhi

Plays by James


Christopher X Morris

Christopher X Morris

Christopher is an author, producer, and playwright with a love for the surreal and intense. His plays often involve grotesque subject matter, and can be very cheap to produce. His work has been performed in several One Act Festivals, the “Hudson Guild Theatre”, and the “NYSummerfest2018” where, TRUST, was acknowledged for Most Creative Play and Best Short Play. Christopher is hoping to reincorporate horror into theatre and is looking forward to producing new work by strange people. 

Plays by Christopher