David Farmer is a freelance writer, theatre director and drama consultant. After training as a primary school teacher he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company, which performed plays and workshops to over half a million young people in schools, theatres and festivals across the UK and abroad for a period of twenty-five years. He runs courses in London and delivers training for schools, arts organisations and language schools in the UK and internationally.
‘David Farmer’s direction encourages a sense of wonder and wit’ – Sunday Telegraph
David is the author of several books on drama, including ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’ and ‘Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years’ as well as numerous plays and articles. His plays have been performed in residence at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester as well as the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House and at numerous theatres and festivals across the UK and abroad. In 2014 he directed ‘The Legend of the Rood’, a series of four Mystery Plays performed by the villagers of Bergh Apton in Norfolk. In 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth. David contributes regular articles to Teaching Drama Magazine.
David Farmer works worldwide with teachers, students and drama practitioners. He has trained teachers at international schools, conferences and universities in South Africa, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey and toured his theatre productions and workshops to New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Colorado Springs, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Norfolk, Virginia. He has recently run a one-week course for Portuguese teachers funded by Erasmus+ and in 2018 will present seminars and workshops in Amsterdam, Vienna and Buenos Aires.
David has managed educational arts projects for Norwich Writers’ Centre, Creative Partnerships and Norfolk Arts Partnership. He was an adviser for Shakespeare Schools’ Festival on their teacher training programme. He visits schools across the UK to deliver INSET and CPD sessions and is a training consultant at the Norwich Institute of Language Education. He has taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Anglia Ruskin University. He was recently a guest presenter at London Drama’s ‘Drama Now’ conference 2017, where he presented a session on devising at Goldsmith’s College.