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Runner up in the Mercury Playwriting Prize 2017 for 'The Furrow'

Longlisted for the Papatango New Writing Award 2017

Phil Tong

I'm a playwright who, until December 2013 was Director of Drama at the City of London Freemen's School, at which point I decided to continue my career as a freelance practitioner, focussing particularly on my work as a playwright. My work for schools and young people's theatre is published in The Script Store and news about my other mainstream plays and projects is  available on this website. I've had nine plays performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since the year 2000.


I held the post at Freemen's for fifteen years, prior to that I was Head of Drama at Tolworth Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames, and before that Drama Tutor on the nationally renowned Brycbox Arts in Education Team.


As a teacher I've had the opportunity to work with some of the pioneering practitioners in Drama education including Cecily O'Neill, Gavin Bolton, Dorothy Heathcote and Jonothan Neelands. In my career I've worked with young people in all phases of education, from infants to post-graduate students and in state and independent schools and have taught some outstanding new young actors including Andrew Garfield, Kelly Reilly, Stephanie Hyam, Gabrielle Dempsey, Caitlin Thorburn and Laurence Belcher amongst many others.


In addition I've worked for the National Theatre Education Department as a freelance writer preparing publications for visiting teachers and students .


I 'm a double Masters graduate from Sussex University and most recently (2006) completed an MA in Dramatic Writing under the tutelage of  Richard Crane, playwright and previously Head of the Literary Department at the Royal Court during the time of Max Stafford Clark.

Below is a pdf of an interview I gave to the Treepress website on the publication of  my play 'A Mother's Song' back in 2016. The interview goes into detail about my 'back story' and explores something of my work and process. So for those who are interested to find out a bit more.... Click on the file below.

TreePress Interview with Phil Tong
Treepress Interview.pdf
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