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Welcome to our new, revived and improved website for 2019

After an unconscionable hiatus in keeping this website current, Hooligan Theatre Productions are finally back and live online with news of a range of exciting projects.

Many are still in their early stages of development, so there are opportunities for people to get involved in a variety of ways, making work with us or attending workshops. Our various activities will be moving forward through 2019 – 20 with regular updates posted on this site. So please keep an eye on our new activities and postings.

Hooligan Nights Poster

To start with, we have a new email address for the company:

Hooligan Theatre have two new theatre projects, a collaboration with a graphic artist and two workshops in creative writing projects planned and recruiting for 2019 -20, in the UK and in Italy. Details of these can be found on our new ‘news and opportunities’ page.

Please spread the word to anyone and everyone about the work Hooligan Theatre Productions are doing, that Shaun McCarthy is doing or plans to do, and email us about anything! Thanks, Shaun

Why Hooligan..?

Hooligan Theatre Productions is named from Shaun McCarthy’s play ‘The Hooligan Nights’, a story set among late Victorian era London street gangs. It is based very loosely on source material from the period, (“A fearful state of things in Lambeth! Terrorism reigns supreme!” Illustrated Police News, May 1898) but which seems to have enormous relevance to the lifestyles of modern day gangs, the people who join them and their reasons for joining.

Arts Council England generously funded the writing of the play in 2013-4, and then a week of research, development and rehearsal with a talented group of actors directed by Amanda Horlock. (Now Hooligan Theatre Productions associate director.) The week culminated in a public script in hand performance at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol. This was very well attended despite taking place on the evening of Valentine’s Night and an enormous storm: the audience defied both romantic alternatives and downpours to come to our show.

The name and the logo have stuck with us. I have discovered that the three hooligans in the photo are real Peaky Blinders; the photos were taken following their arrest in Small Heath, Birmingham for affray in 1904.

News in brief

Some projects Shaun and Hooligan Theatre are working on right now include:

Shaun McCarthy, playwright and producer, Hooligan Thatre Productions


  • ‘Julie and Johnny’ – a reset of Strindberg’s dark classic ‘Miss Julie’ to a Cotswolds country house north of Bristol in May 1963, currently planning some workshops to develop the script and cast the actors.
  • ‘The Blow That Never Fell’ – a site specific, promenade play about the late Renaissance Italian composer and multiple murderer Don Carlo Gesualdo, to be performed in ‘his’ castello in Gesualdo, Southern Italy in a collaboration with local musicians, theatre and film makers.
  • ‘The Last Bus’ - Shaun is collaborating with graphic artist / illustrator Richard Dearing who is creating a graphic version of this as yet un-filmed screenplay, a ghost story set on a night-time rural bus on a route through the dark, barely lit countryside of England in the late 1950s.

Writing in performance workshops

You can get involved with learning essential script writing skills and techniques with Shaun in both the UK and Italy:

Shaun continues to teach a range of courses for OUDCE, Oxford University Continuing Education Department. Details of up-coming part –time and short masterclass courses in Oxford can be found on the news and opportunities page.

Hooligan Theatre Productions have combined with Italian cultural and touristic organisation ‘The Authentic Irpinia’ to run a series of one week residential writing masterclasses / holidays in Gesualdo, Italy in June 2020. This is an exciting and unique addition to the rather crowded field of ‘come to write in the sun’ holidays on offer – we have a castello to write in, with a range of after class events in a wonderful undiscovered area of Italy!

Christine, as Strindberg would never have imagined her: the downtrodden servant of the original becomes Chrissie, the nightclub hostess in Hooligan Theatre’s reset of ‘Miss Julie’.
The beautiful hilltop town of Gesualdo, clustered around the castello where our writing workshops will be held.
The Girls
Characters as imagined by artist Richard Dearing for his graphic version of the ghost story screenplay ‘The Last Bus’. See more of Richard‘s work here.