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Celebrating the life of Philip Osment

Monday 3rd June.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our close friend and 20 Stories High associate-artist  Philip Osment died last week.

Philip has been involved with 20 Stories High since its conception in 2006.

He has been dramaturg (writers’ friend) on almost all our plays, and was the great mind behind our Young Writers Programme.

In 2013 he wrote our award-winning WHOLE, a beautiful and visceral play which explored sexuality, religion and mortality.

He continued to inspire young artists in Liverpool, discussing new ideas, introducing us to new ways of working such as verbatim theatre and supporting us all in the development of our theatre-making craft.

More words, music, tributes will follow in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, we will leave it to young writer Abby Melia, who worked closely with Philip over the course of a year developing her first play Real-eyes

“I am very grateful to have had the chance to work closely on my one woman show with the amazing playwright Philip Osment. He has inspired me and given me the tools I will always use. Philip will be deeply missed but his work will always live on in so many others he shared his knowledge with.”


A full obituary celebrating Philip’s life and work can be read in The Guardian HERE.

Photo supplied:
(L-R) Gay Sweatshop, Royal Literary Fund and Pilot Theatre