Anthony Neilson


Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson's plays include Normal, first staged at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh in 1991, Penetrator and The Censor (1997), centred on an encounter between a porn actress and the eponymous censor.

The Censor won a 1997 Writers' Guild Award (Best Fringe Play).

In The Lying Kind (2002), performed at the Royal Court Theatre, two constables have one last gruelling duty to perform on Christmas Eve, before their holiday begins. Other recent plays include Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness, Stitching (2002), shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising New Playwright, and The Wonderful World of Dissocia, performed in 2004 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Anthony Neilson is also a screen-writer, having written several pieces for television, including a 10-minute film for Channel 4, Deeper Still, and in 1999 he made his film debut with The Debt Collector.


The Lying Kind
Plays One
The Censor


Evening Standard Award for Most Promising New Playwright
Writers' Guild Award (Best Fringe Play)