THEATRE: PRETEND YOU HAVE BIG BUILDINGS won first prize in the inaugural Bruntwood Prize. The play was performed in the main house of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in July 2007, as part of the Manchester International Festival, and was translated into German. Ben was subsequently commissioned by the National Theatre. His commission for Y Touring, BREATHING COUNTRY, in association with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Wellcome Trust, toured the country in 2009-10, and was shortlisted for the Theatre Centre Brian Way award for the Best New Play for Young People. In 2009, he worked with David Watson and Paula Stanic on a piece for Only Connect – PANCRAS BOYS CLUB. His play for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, EXAMS ARE GETTING EASIER, was performed by the Young REP in April 2010. HIS TEETH, for Only Connect, was performed in October 2011. It was Evening Standard and Time Out Critics’ Choice, and was nominated for an Offwestend.com award for best new play. POLITRIX, for The Big House, was at the Hackney Showrooms in March/April 2015. ACROSS THE DARK WATER, for The Point in Eastleigh, toured venues on the south coast in July 2015. CRUSHED SHELLS AND MUD, which was developed on attachment at the NT Studio, opened at the Southwark Playhouse in October 2015. He is currently under commission to The Big House and Tara Arts, and is developing a new interactive performance project with Ice and Fire. He is also developing a new play, MAD BEES RIOT IN THE LIGHT, supported by the Arts Council / British Council Artists International Development Fund.
TV: He has two series ideas currently under option to Lime Pictures, and was recently shortlisted for the Doctor’s Shadow Scheme.
FILM: He is currently developing a script for a film adaptation of CRUSHED SHELLS AND MUD.
RADIO: THE BRITISH CLUB, was broadcast on BBC R4 in March 2012. THE LAST MISSIONARY OF KANAIPUR was broadcast on BBC R4 in November 2017.
He is a lecturer in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia.
He was a member of the FORUM OF YOUNG EUROPEAN PLAYWRIGHTS (Wiesbaden, Germany, 2008), and has been supported by grants from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the Royal Society of Literature.
He is represented by Dan Usztan at United Agents.