Gerry teaches a range of modules within our screenwriting team. His work embraces stage, screen and audio. As a successful playwright, he has a particular specialism in writing for theatre.
Gerry's relationship with Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre has yielded several critically and commercially acclaimed comedy plays. His work has been mentioned on TV's The One Show, Loose Women, Sunday Brunch, Good Morning Britain and many local and national radio stations. He teaches two comedy writing modules here and is developing a research proposal on the history and character of popular, regional theatre with a particular focus on Liverpool's Royal Court.
Gerry has had a circuitous route into Higher Education. Prior to working here, he worked in a zoo, a prison, a museum, a hospital, a department store and many other diverse life situations. He had his first success as a writer with a short film for BBC Wales. Buddha Boy was broadcast in 2012 and was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA. It also won Best Film at the Made in Wales awards.
His debut stage play The Miracle of Great Homer Street won the Highly Commended Certificate for the Hope Playwriting Prize in 2017 and went on the following year to become a box office hit starring Les Dennis and Andrew Schofield. Further plays include Yellow Breck Road (2018), The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery (2019), Ellen and Rigby (2021) and Macca and Beth (2022).
Gerry has spent a number of years supporting individuals with substance misuse problems and has delivered creative writing workshops, script writing sessions and filmmaking projects for organisations including The Spider Project, Art and Soul, Wirral Ways to Recovery, CGL and Arch Initiatives.
Gerry is a board member and advisor for the Youth Drama Group 'Theatre Porto'.
- MA Screenwriting, John Moores University, Liverpool 2012
- Postgrad Diploma in Counselling, John Moores University, Liverpool, 1994
- PGCE Secondary School English, Westminster College, Oxford, 1987
- BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Liverpool University,1984
- Vintage and contemporary comedy
- Writing short form film
- Popular theatre
- Audio drama