Alan Spence.

Alan is a Playwright, Director and Workshop Leader. After teaching for over 20 years, Alan’s passion for the arts and desire to put in to practise his own ideas and philosophies, that lead him to form his own company. 


Theatre is real life productions was set up in January 2009 and ran till December 2017, working with schools and the wider community to celebrate the lives of everyday people. Productions include Nowt like this in America (2009), The Boro’s 37 mins ( 2011) and My Name is Tom (2016). Alan closed the company last year and the website now follows his writing and related activities.



Alan has learnt from leading practitioners at The Royal Court through Rehearsing New Writing and a Teacher Development Week at the Royal National Theatre, in developing his directorial style. As a writer he has been influenced by Alan Bennett, Caryl Churchill, David Hare and Arthur Miller, as well as a number of newer writers such as Simon Stephens, Fin Kennedy, Nick Payne and  Stef Smith.


Alan attended the Theatre: Work in Progress a week long course at the Arvon Centre, Shropshire in October 2017, and joined the Jack Writers group in Nov 2017. Alan in May 2018 attended the Adv Course MA Standard with Simon Vinnicombe / Master Raconteurs. Followed in the Autumn by an Invitation only course, with the same writer and organisers.

Alan is currently working with a number of other practitioners on a proposed cultural festival, celebrating the historic iron and steel industry of Teesside called The Art of Steel.

Alan was a Trustee of Face Front Inclusive Theatre in Edmonton, North London from 2009 – 2017. Alan was accepted on to the WEA Tutor list in July 2017, and he joined the Theatre Committee for the London and South East branch of the WGGB in Dec 1989. Alan  recently completed a new play Abandoned (2019)