Sol B River

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Sol B River – Creative Producer

Sol B. River is an acclaimed playwright, film-maker and producer having completed an MA in scriptwriting before taking up various residencies at some of Britain’s top regional theatres and companies. After completing his PG Diploma in film production he directed various documentaries for Channel Four television including Brace Yourself and Glass Ceiling and enjoys crossing media and genre.

His first collection of Plays, River Plays 1 (Oberon Books), made him the youngest and first living Black writer to be published by Oberon books, one of the most prolific publishers of drama in the UK. Oberon books also published, River Plays 2. He is published in various anthologies, most recently The Oberon Book of Monologues. He has won various awards for his film and theatre work. The Guardian described his writing as being ‘like Beckett on amphetamines’ while the BBC described it as ‘modern moving and mighty’.

His work with the Royal Literary Fund allowed him take on a peripatetic role as Writer in Residence at University College Chester, Leeds Trinity University, York St John University and Arden College of Theatre. Sol took a break from writing for the stage in 2004 to focus on directing which enabled him to become Associate Director at Contact Theatre Manchester.

His work for BBC Radio 4 Drama and the BBC World Service includes both drama and documentary. Sol has also directed and presented various films for BBC Newsnight and the Politics Show.
Since 2013 Sol has continued to use his experience to produce original work and form partnerships that reflect his eclectic experience be it in theatre, television, film or radio, fact or fiction. Twitter: @SolBRiver

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    Extract from ‘Dave’s Murder Mile’ by Lyn Towers
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    Extract from ‘Albert’ by Janice Sampson
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    Extract from ‘Followers’ by Ruby Clarke
  • CHARLIE: Don’t panic. I won’t be sleeping much either. I suppose you could say I’m in here because of William Shakespeare – and a woman.
    Extract from ‘King of the Castles’ by Frank Hill
  • TARIQ: Oi! Stop being disrespectful! Just because you speak ‘English’ so properly - you can’t speak Punjabi so good though do you, eh?
    Extract from ‘When George Came to Bradford by Nuzhat Ali
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    Extract from ‘The Smoking Companion’ by Joleen White
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    ‘High Life ‘ by Joseph-Israel