I recently caught up with producer, writer and performer Graham Roos and we talked all about his life and career. Graham is Creative Artist in Residence at the University of Buckingham and Artistic Director of Seven Star Productions; the latter being a wonderful stable of artists and performers who present concerts and performances consisting primarily of words and music. Yvonne Evans is the founder of this agency and I’m delighted to be featured on this roster too, presenting a programme of Melodramas with pianist Anthony Hewitt.
Graham’s career has spanned the media of poetry, opera, theatre, TV and film. Educated at Rugby School and Great Eastern Stage School, he trained under legendary opera impresario Alan Sievewright. Graham’s first book Rave was published by Oberon Books in 1998 and was followed by Quest an experimental CD of spoken word and music in 2001. Later that year he co-founded Large Magazine UK – a unique and eclectic blend of satire and imagery which under his aegis won Best Front Cover of the year at the Magazine Design Awards 2003.
In 2004 he took an MA in Screen Arts at the Northern Media School and began to create a series of cine-poems starring Janet Suzman, Donald Sinden and Fenella Fielding. From 2008 – 2009 he was project poet to the Royal Opera House’s Opera Genesis working with Dominic Muldowney as librettist and culminating in the Art of News at Kings Place.
In 2010 he was appointed the first Creative Artist in Residence to the University of Buckingham where the University Press published his third work Apocalypse Calypso which was largely the result of his previous work in The Art of News. Graham is currently working as playwright tutor at LAMDA and is working on a new play Popessa and a fourth collection of poetry The Care of Ravens.
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