Nathan Lucky Wood

Writer, Workshop Leader, Educator

Nathan Lucky Wood is an award-winning playwright, youth worker and educator. Lucky is literally his middle name. He's a London Library Emerging Writer for 2020/2021, and a former member of the Mikron Theatre Emerging Writers Scheme and Soho Young Writers, and a former Writer-In-Residence at Stiwdio Maelor.

His play The Levellers was recently long-listed for the Verity Bargate Prize.

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Writing

For theatre, Nathan's plays include The Levellers, Alcatraz, A Haunting, Ham and Dirt; his work has been performed at The Bush Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, the Soho Arts Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Theatre503.

Frequent interests include homelessness, night time, male bisexuality, sex, father figures, mother figures, the apocalypse, tents, holes in the ground, the reanimated dead, horror and science fiction, explosions of long-repressed emotion, the limits of kindness, and doomed efforts to do the right thing.

He occasionally performs stand up comedy. You can hear him on the storytelling podcast Spark talking about the time he ate a goat turd.

He's also written reviews and features for Exeunt, which you can read here.

Katherine Carlton in Alcatraz, VAULT Festival, 2019, photo by Ali Wright

Other projects

Alongside his writing career he's worked extensively in youth work and the homelessness sector. He started a youth theatre for young homeless people attending New Horizon Youth Centre. He's worked in day centres and supported housing, and founded Right Mess Theatre, which provided a place where homeless young people could perform on a mixed bill alongside professional theatre-makers. He is interested in projects that bring theatre and writing to marginalised audiences and participants.

As a youth theatre practitioner, he's worked with New Horizon Youth Centre, Tramshed, Haringey Shed and trained with Company Three.

He's taught writing workshops at HMP Belmarsh, Derby Theatre, New Horizon Youth Centre and at schools across London.

For the charity Tender, he's created scripts and lesson plans to help primary school children spot the warning signs of Child Criminal Exploitation, and is currently developing an audio resource for secondary schools looking at healthy and unhealthy relationships online.

Simeon Blake-Hall in Our Tower, Arcola Theatre, 2018, photo by Claudia Marinaro

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CV

Writing

2020
The Levellers - long-listed for Verity Bargate Prize
2019
Madam Your Cheeks Could Be Rosy As Mine - directed by Kate O'Connor, Arcola Theatre, London
Alcatraz - directed by Emily Collins, New Horizon Youth Centre & Vault Festival, London
2018
Our Tower - directed by Rob Awosusi, Arcola Theatre, London
Alcatraz (R&D) - directed by Andy Routledge, New Diorama Theatre, London
The Trouble With Outreach, Exeunt Magazine
2017
A Haunting - directed by Jen Davis, Vault Festival, London & Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Alcatraz (rehearsed reading) - directed by Andy Routledge, Old Red Lion, London
2016
A Haunting - directed by Jen Davis, King's Head Theatre, London
Rocks - directed by Lucy Atkinson, Arcola Theatre & Soho Arts Theatre, London
Balloon - directed by Stephen Laughton, Southwark Playhouse, London
2015
Alcatraz - directed by Jessica Edwards, Arcola Theatre, London
A Haunting - directed by Joe Hufton, Southwark Playhouse, London
Balloon - directed by Fay Lomas, Vault Festival, London
2014
Ham - directed by Georgia Murphy, The Space, London
2013
Ham - directed by Georgia Murphy, Roundhouse, London
Boy - directed by Jessica Edwards, Bush Theatre, London
2012
Look, Look - directed by Jon Barton, Rich Mix, London
The Proper Boundaries - directed by Paul Baston, Theatre503, London
Report From Gantheria - directed by Oscar Blustin, Theatre503, London
Session One - directed by Georgia Murphy, Theatre503, London
2011
Dirt - directed by Georgia Murphy, C Venues, Edinburgh

Other projects

2017-present - Tender Arts And Education
Delivering workshops on healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention in primary and secondary schools
Designing classroom resources and teaching materials

2017-18 - Tramshed (formerly Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre)
'Whatever Makes You Happy' Youth Theatre Programme for neurodivergent young people referred by CAMHSS

2018 - Derby Theatre - NT Connections Festival
Playwriting workshops for Derby Youth Theatre

2017 - HMP Belmarsh / Roehampton University - Learning Together
Writing workshops for inmates in HMP Belmarsh alongside students from Roehampton university

2012 - 2017 New Horizon Youth Centre
Established the New Horizon Drama Group and directed A Place In The Galaxy (2017), Offscreen Dreams (2016) and If Trees Had Wifi (2015) at New Diorama Theatre

Accolades, qualifications, training

2020 Emerging Writers Scheme, London Library
2018 Emerging Writers Scheme, Mikron Theatre, Huddersfield
2018 Writer-in-Residence, Stiwdio Maelor, Gwynedd
2017 Awarded Grant by Peggy Ramsay Foundation
2017 Arts Award Adviser (Bronze & Silver)
2016 Making Theatre With Young People, Company Three
2014 Short-listed for TS Eliot Commissions
2013 Soho Young Writers Programme

Contact

You can sometimes find Nathan on twitter @lucky_wood.

You can email him at nathan.lucky.wood@gmail.com.

Or you can get in touch using the form below.

He also writes a highly irregular newsletter, which is a mixture of news and updates and whatever thoughts he's been having recently. If that sounds interesting to you, you can subscribe here.

Thank you

Thanks for getting in touch!