Francis is a playwright, radio dramatist and screenwriter. His stage plays have been produced at numerous theatres including the Birmingham Rep (A Samurai in Soho), Watford Palace and Finborough Theatre (Harajuku Girls). His work has been included on schemes such as the National Theatre’s Directors Week, Moonstone, and “the 50” (collaboration between BBC Drama and Royal Court). He has written several afternoon plays including Hinterland for BBC Radio 4.
Francis was a winner of a Channel 4 playwright bursary in 2015 and as a result was writer in resident at the Tricycle Theatre in 2016, culminating in him winning the Catherine Johnson Award. His play, The Great Wave, will be co-produced by the National Theatre and the Tricycle in 2018. He is developing several ideas for television, including a series treatment with The Forge Productions.
Francis is Japanese/Northern Irish.
2018 The Great Wave – National Theatre/Tricycle Theatre
2016 The Great Wave Off Kanagawa – Winner of the Catherine Johnson Best Play Award
2016 Neko Rehearsed Readings – NW6 New Writing Festival
2015 Harajuku Girls – Finborough Theatre
2007 Bogland – Big Telly Theatre Company and Ireland tour
2006 Selected as one of ‘The 50’ – BBC Drama/Royal Court writing initiative
2006 Hiding – selected for Directors’ Week at the National Theatre. Produced at Watford Palace Theatre (June, 2006)
2003 A Samurai in Soho – Birmingham Rep Theatre
2002 Descent – Jackson’s Lane Theatre
2000 Breathing – Courtyard Theatre
2014 Coming Up – Touch Paper Television
2013 Hinterland – Television drama – Water and Power Productions
2011 The Coroner – Television drama re-write – One Eyed Dog Productions
2010 Shrapnel – Television drama single -in development – One Eyed Dog Productions
2008 Disposable Teens – Television series, optioned by BBC NI Drama
2006 Dream Team – 1 episode – Hewland International
2012 Brought to Light – BBC Radio 4
2011 Baldi – BBC Radio 4
Murder mystery series – wrote Shelter episode
2010 Hinterland – BBC Radio 4
Afternoon play, commissioned for broadcast in 2011
2010 Homestead – BBC Radio 4
2009 Point Of Departure – BBC Radio 4
2008 Lullaby – BBC 7
2005 Shelter – BBC Radio 4
2003 Pressing The Flesh – BBC Radio 4
Saturday Play. Short-listed for the Writers’ Guild, Richard Imison Award
2001 Selected for BBC SPARKS radio writers’ group
2016 A Mountain – selected for NI Screen New Writer Focus
2006 The Devil’s Work – feature film, selected for Moonstone Screenwriters’ Lab and winner of MEDIA New Talent Award – in development with AMP Polska, funded by NI Screen.