London born, back in 1953, when the London smogs still covered the capital and was brought up in the Home Counties away from the smog. Educated, or not, as the case may be, in the standard English secondary school. Didn’t go to university – but then again, nor did most people back in those days of yore.
Trained in Stage Management at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Stage Managed various large scale West End Musicals.
Joined the BBC as a Third Assistant Director working on various Drama and Comedy productions. Joined David Croft’s ( “Dad’s Army”; “Hi de Hi” etc. ) office as an 2nd Assistant Director; became 1st Asst, then his Director.
Also worked on “Victoria Wood – As seen on TV”, “French & Saunders” and “Rory Bremner” amongst others, then formed own company 'Water Lane Productions' This resulted in the award winning series of “The Booze Cruise” films with Martin Clunes and Neil Pearson, the first of which was the highest rated drama on UK television for nearly two years.
Winner of two RTS (Royal Television Society) Awards
Roy has written two stage plays and three screenplays along with two full length novels and a book of short stories.
With his wife now dead after a long illness, theatre producer Randolph Laine decides that he needs to get back on the road and plans to form a theatre company. Britain being in the second year of a world war seems only a small distraction.
Randolph manages to acquire the money to fund the tour and pulls a company together – a disparate bunch, with their own histories that will come to the fore. They decamp to the east coast to perform a farce, and are joined by Billy Pryce, a young deserter, not long back from Dunkirk. His presence makes the mood of the company even more fractious than before. Do they hide the lad or turn him in?
Original, witty and ultimately tragic, Theatre of War is a captivating novel on the futility of war and the importance of theatre and art in difficult times.
Roy Gould trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After a spell in repertory theatre, he worked as assistant stage manager on four West End musicals before moving to the BBC, working for comedy writer and producer David Croft. In 1992, David promoted him to direct all his shows. Roy has written two stage plays as well as screenplays. Theatre of War is his second novel.