“Constant CHANGE and INNOVATION are the key.
Doing what’s never been done before is fun!.”
From a Gypsy childhood to The National Theatre
Dan is currently developing an original returning TV drama series as Writer and Creator with one of the country’s leading independent TV companies.
His new musical stage drama, Carmen – The Gypsy, goes on a UK tour in 2018 following development at The National Theatre.
His latest adaptation of DH Lawrence’s novella The Virgin and the Gypsy was broadcast on BBC R4 in 2017 and is currently being developed as a musical drama for the stage.
Atching Tan was a multi-strand project that weaved together drama, history, and education.
The first element of Atching Tan was an exciting 36-part radio drama commissioned by BBC East. It is an exciting series that explores the relationships between members of the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller and settled communities in a rural village setting.
One of the objectives of the project was to break down the barriers of mistrust and misconception that exist between the Gypsy, Romany, and Travellers and settled communities.
Mark Norman BBC Three Counties Editor said:
“I’m very pleased that all six stations in our region are taking the series. Drama of this quality on local radio is great and to be part of such an exciting project is really good for BBC Three Counties.’”
Our Big Land
Our Big Land is a play directed by Dan and directed by Amy Hodge. It is a brutal, bloody and beautiful drama, a ‘mystical, dark, epic poem’ according to Allum which centres on the ‘bauro diklo’, a sacred storytelling/fortune-telling shawl passed from mothers to daughters which symbolises Romani spirit and culture.
The play has toured across the UK and had a fantastic reception.
“Wistful songs, movement and text combine to create a show that has the hypnotic effect of a dream.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
27 Romany and non-Romany participants took part in the project which was a mix of grouptraining sessions and tutorials on creative writing, devising, performance, sight-reading and poster & programme design.
A Gypsy’s Wish
The project brought together 50 Gypsy, Romany, Traveller volunteers and over the course of three years their voices, their hopes, and their fears were transformed into a creative undertaking. Everyone who took part had the opportunity to try their hand at acting, directing, editing, filming, and writing, whatever their experience, or lack of it.