About…Alan Spence.

Theatre is real  life productions was set up in January 2009 and ran till December 2017 , to work 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 (2010 and 2011) and My Name is Tom (2016).


This website now promotes Alan’s plays,  writings and related activities.

Alan is a Playwright, Director and Workshop Leader.                                  alan-smiling

After teaching for over 20 years, Alan’s passion for the arts and desire to put in to practise his own ideas and philosophies, has lead him to set up his own company; Theatre is real life productions.

Alan has learnt from leading practitioners at The Royal Court and 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 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 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 is currently on the ADVANCED COURSE MA STANDARD with Simon Vinnicombe / Master Raconteurs.

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.