Philip’s new play DARK VANILLA JUNGLE was recently staged at the Soho Theatre, having opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer. His last two plays FEATHERS IN THE SNOW and SHIVERED opened at The Southwark Playhouse in 2012 to critical acclaim. Philip is currently under commission to the Royal Court.
‘EVERYONE. Go see Philip Ridley’s Shivered at Southwark Playhouse if you can. A unique, pertinent, significant play by a major playwright.’ Mark Ravenhill, Playwright
‘This is the most exciting piece of new writing on the London stage.’ The Stage
In 2011 Southwark Playhouse also hosted the world premiere of TENDER NAPALM, the smash hit which toured the UK in the Spring of 2012 before returning to Southwark Playhouse in June 2012.
Philip’s long awaited third feature HEARTLESS was released in May 2010 to great critical acclaim. It has already won the Gold Prize at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and is due for release in the USA in November 2010.
4 STARS “one of the most original and audacious British thrillers”, The Times
4STARS “mesmerising”, The Sun
MOONFLEECE enjoyed its world premiere in March 2010, causing a national stir, after it was banned in the city of Dudley, whilst on its national tour.
“Fizzes with energy and acuity… this play should be celebrated.” The Times
PIRANHA HEIGHTS opened at the Soho Theatre in May 2008, directed by Lisa Goldman the production received excellent reviews and generated widespread interest.
“With this truly remarkable new play, Philip Ridley completes an East End trilogy that will one day be ranked as one of the high water marks of British drama in the first decade of this century” Michael Coveney, What’s on Stage
Philip’s play LEAVES OF GLASS opened at the Soho Theatre in May 2007.
His play MERCURY FUR commissioned by Paines Plough in a co-production with Drum Theatre, Plymouth, for their THIS OTHER ENGLAND season was a phenomenal hit (featuring Ben Whishaw and Fraser Ayres and directed by John Tiffany), provoking extreme reactions far and wide to this explosive and uncompromising drama.
THE SUMMER OF 76 an adaptation of his own widely-acclaimed children’s book KRINDLEKRAX is in development.
SPARKLESHARK, a play for young people commissioned as part of the BT/National Connections project, opened in a National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in June 1999. FAIRYTALEHEART, for teenage audiences, and APOCALYPTICA opened at Hampstead Theatre in 1998 and FAIRYTALE HEART received a new touring production by the Unicorn and Half Moon Theatres in 1999.
Philip was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and has exhibited widely throughout Europe. As a novelist his credits include CROCODILIA (1988), IN THE EYES OF MR FURY (Penguin, 1989), FLAMINGOES IN ORBIT (Hamish Hamilton, 1990) and three novels for children; MERCEDES ICE (Collins, 1989), DAKOTA OF THE WHITE FLATS (Collins, 1989) and KRINDLEKRAX (Jonathan Cape, 1991) which won the Smarties Prize for Children’s Fiction and won the W.H. Smith Mind-Boggling Book Award, a new award judged by children.
His plays for BBC Radio are OCTOBER SCARS THE SKIN, THE AQUARIUM OF COINCIDENCES and SHAMBOLIC RAINBOW.
His two short films – VISITING MR BEAK (1987) and THE UNIVERSE OF DERMOT FINN (1988) – were soon followed by his highly acclaimed screenplay for THE KRAYS (1990) and his feature film debut as both writer and director, the highly controversial THE REFLECTING SKIN, which won eleven international awards, was voted one of the Best Ten Films of 1991 by the L.A. Times and prompted Rolling Stone to describe him as “a visionary”. In 1991 he was awarded the Most Promising Newcomer to British Film at the Evening Standard Film Awards. His third feature THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON – written and directed by Philip – was released in 1996.
His first stage play, the award-winning THE PITCHFORK DISNEY, was premiered at the Bush Theatre, London in 1991, directed by Matthew Lloyd:
“…genuine talent, …an ability to make powerful statements of specific vision.” Michael Coveney, Observer
In May 1992 his second stage play, THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE, opened at Hampstead Theatre, playing to both critical acclaim and box office success, and went on to win the 1992 Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award, one of the 1992 Time Out Theatre Awards, the prestigious Meyer Whitworth Award for New Theatre Writing, 1992 and the 1992 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright:
“it’s got a whiff of Orton, a touch of Hackney Baroque, but the voice that emerges is Mr Ridley’s unnerving own” Michael Billington, Guardian
“Philip Ridley is a marvellous writer … he solders humour and fear” Kate Kellaway, The Observer
Other stage plays include GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE (Hampstead Theatre, 1994) and VINCENT RIVER (Hampstead Theatre, 2000), and two further plays for young people SCRIBBLEBOY and MOONFLEECE.
THE PITCHFORK DISNEY receives its New York premiere in April 1999; THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE received its US premiere in New York in 1998.
Phil continues to write as a hugely successful children’s author.