Senior Lecturer

Gareth trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to work at the RSC, Royal Court, Young Vic, West End and has appeared in many television programmes. He is also a playwright and in 2011 Gareth won the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with his debut play Britannia Waves the Rules which was produced at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and was later remounted for a nationwide tour. Britannia Waves The Rules has since been produced in Sydney Australia and has been studied at GCSE in the UK. Gareth’s second play The Quiet House, was produced by Birmingham Rep and Park Theatre, London in 2016. His third play Shandyland is programmed to be produced by Northern Stage in spring 2021. Each of his plays have been published by Nick Hern books. He is also developing several projects for television. 

Gareth began teaching acting in Higher Education at ArtsEd in London in 2009. He stayed at ArtsEd for ten years becoming the Head of Acting and later the Director of the School of Acting, where he had the pleasure of teaching and developing the careers of many successful actors.  

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2000 Post Graduate Diploma - Acting Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
1999 BA(Hons) Creative Art Manchester Metropolitan University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Membership of external committees

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Gareth's primary research interests lie within two specific areas:

  • The Working Class - issues experienced within the British working class over the past three decades.
  • Fertility and infertility -  issues experienced by those undertaking or experiencing fertility treatment.

This research is framed within his work as a playwright and theatre maker.

Research Topics

  • Contemporary British theatre

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Farr, Gareth

    (2021), Shandyland - Pint Size, In: Northern Stage digital programme, Feb-April 2021, Online, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Farr, Gareth, Northern Stage, Echo Presents and Greyscale Theatre Co.

    (2019), Shandyland by Gareth Farr, In: Shandyland, May 12th 2020 - July 4th 2020, Northern Stage, Liverpool Everyman, Oldham Coliseum, York Theatre Royal, (Submitted), Item availability may be restricted.
  • Farr, Gareth

    (2016), The Quiet House, In: The Quiet House/Fertility Fest, 7/6/2016-9/7-2016, Birmingham Rep Theatre and The Park Theatre London, Item availability may be restricted.



Shandyland by Gareth Farr - Produced by Northern Stage and national tour including Liverpool Everyman theatre, York Theatre Royal and Oldham Coliseum



Areas of teaching

  • Acting

Courses taught

  • Acting BA(Hons)
  • Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

2020/21 - Playwright Shandyland - Northern Stage, Liverpool Everyman, York Theatre Royal and Oldham Coliseum
2019 - Writer -  The Quiet House, short film
2018/19 - Playwright Old Vic 12, The Old Vic theatre London  
2016 - Playwright The Quiet House - Birmingham Rep Theatre and Park Theatre London 
2015 - Playwright Britannia Waves the Rules - National Tour 
2014 - Playwright Britannia Waves The Rules - Manchester Royal Exchange and National Tour
2013 - Actor, Vera - ITV
2012 - Actor, Skins (Series 6) - Channel 4
2012 - Actor, Misfits - Channel 4
2011 - Playwright Britannia Waves The Rules - Judges Award Winner, The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
2010 - Actor, Skins (Series 5) - Channel 4
2009  -  Actor,  Kursk - Young Vic,      
2009 -  Actor, Harvest - National Tour, 

2008 - Actor,  The Good Soul of Szechuan - Young Vic 
2007  - Actor, In Celebration - Duke of Yorks (West End),
2006   - Actor How many Miles to Basra? -  West Yorkshire Playhouse
2006   - Actor, The Long The Short and The Tall - Sheffield Theatres   
2006  - 
Actor, Harvest - Royal Court Theatre
2005  - Actor,  Romeo and Juliet - Derby Playhouse
2004 -  Actor,  Brassed Off - York Theatre Royal,
2003  - Actor, Hobson's Choice - Young Vic Theatre, 2003      
2002  - Actor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC,
2002  - Actor,  The Taming of the Shrew - Salisbury Playhouse
2001  -  Actor,  Fen - Salisbury Playhouse  
2001 - Actor, Sharp Relief - Salisbury Playhouse