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Creative Feature: Ian Billings (Children’s Author, Poet & Stand up Comedian)

June 2, 2011
Ian Billings is a children’s author, poet and stand-up comic.

He has written, directed and appeared in some of the biggest pantomimes in the country including Aladdin at the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton for Cannon and Ball and the acclaimed production of Beauty and the Beast at the Oakengates Theatre,Telford to name a couple!

His career began at the Theatre Royal in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent working in every technical job back stage, he followed this with his first professional acting job in a children’s theatre at Pwllheli, which led directly to numerous tours in Theatre in Education. He also worked spells as a Street Entertainer and Juggler at Alton Towers, which Ian still remains proud of!

For Mark Cartier Productions Ian adapted four children’s classics Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and The Tales of Hans Andersen which toured theatres through the UK.

Under the wing of Tony award-winning playwright, David Edgar, Ian studied at the University of Birmingham and achieved a Master’s Degree in Playwriting Studies in 1999. He co-founded Theatre Works with BBC Radio Four playwright, Stephanie Dale, delivering vibrant and exciting literacy workshops into schools throughout the UK, Germany and Cyprus. He has also written scripts for CBBC TV show ‘Chuckle Vision’.

Sam Hawkins, Pirate Detective, and the Case of the Cutglass Cutlass  were published by Macmillan in 2003 followed by a sequel that went on to be recorded as a BBC Audio Book and proved very successful in North America. Various short stories compilations followed and his book of children’s poetry continues to be a big favourite in schools. Both Sam Hawkins books have been reprinted  by Caboodle  Books.

Ian started stand up performing for kids in 2007 and has done many shows over the past few years including Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has just returned from a tour in Cairo, Switzerland, Qatar and Moscow!



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