Samson Hawkins is a playwright and theatre practitioner, originally from Northamptonshire. He is passionate about writing regional working-class comedies. Samson’s play VILLAGE IDIOT, co-produced by Ramps on the Moon, has recently opened at Stratford East, following a successful run at Nottingham Playhouse and the New Wolsey, Ipswich. Samson is under commission to Royal & Derngate, and is a Resident Artist at Leicester Curve. His audio play FOR F*CK'S SAKE (I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU) was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse. Samson has been a member of the Royal Court Writers Group, Soho Young Writers Lab, BBC Arts & Rural Media New Creative, Greyscale Writers Group and the Soho Writers Alumni Group; and created and facilitated 'Secret Monday Group', Oxford's first theatre group for children with learning difficulties and neurodiversity.
He was nominated as 'Most Promising Playwright' by the Offies for VILLAGE IDIOT.
"Hawkins' debut launches a writer with enormous potential"
“Hawkins’ debut full-length play is a corker, an outrageously funny, politicised rural comedy loaded with zingers and heart”
The Times - 4 stars
“…witty, romantic and politically fresh... somewhere between Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Daisy May Cooper’s This Country”
The Guardian - 4 stars
WhatsOnStage - 4 stars
"This is surely the best debut by a former fencing contractor"
Mansfield and Ashfield Chad newspaper