Carl Caulfield is a playwright, actor, director, dramaturg and teacher. His plays are produced in Newcastle by Stray Dogs Theatre Company and include Seems Like Old Times, Dante’s Dream, Human Resources, Shakespeare’s Fools, The Anatomy of Buzz, Where Late the Songbird and Hecuba Reimagined (published in the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Volume 12, Numbers 1-2, 1 June 2019, Intellect Press).
His play for teenagers, The Mystery of Roger Mullaney, was published by Macmillan in 2004. He has won the City of Newcastle Drama Award for Best New Play five times: Indecent Obsessions (2002), Human Resources (2006), Shakespeare’s Fools (2010), Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador (2019) and The Fine Art of Deception (2022, produced by Newcastle Theatre Company, which also produced Postcards from Kafka in 2019). In 2012, he was awarded the Newcastle City Council award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre, for his work as an “actor, writer and director in keeping Newcastle professional theatre alive and its standards high”.
Being Sellers, a one-man play about British Goon Peter Sellers, was first produced in 1998 at the Playhouse in Newcastle, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival and then to London at the Man in the Moon Theatre, Kings Road. Being Sellers was later reprised at the Waterloo East Theatre in London with David Boyle as Sellers and transferred to the 59E59 Theatre in New York. To mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Peter Sellers the original production of Being Sellers, directed by Jonathan Biggins, was revised at the Playhouse in 2021. His screenplay, The German Soldier, reached the quarterfinals of the Blue Cat screenplay competition in 2015. Creativity was produced by Stray Dogs at the Playhouse in July 2022 to critical acclaim.