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Nick Drake

Writer

Biography

Poet, screenwriter and playwright Nick Drake makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as librettist for Tansy Davies’s new opera Cave.

Drake grew up in Hertfordshire and studied at Cambridge University. He began his career assisting Paul O’Prey before going on to work as a literary assistant at the National Theatre, a literary manager at Bush Theatre and head of development at Intermedia Films. He released his first poetry collection The Man in the White Suit in 1999, winner of the Waterstones/Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Subsequent poetry works include the collection From the Word Go and the book-length poem The Farewell Glacier. Produced screenplays include Romulus, My Father (Arenafilm, shortlisted for the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay). Current screenplays include White Mughals (Rainmark Films), Devil in the Kitchen (Scott Free), Second Best Bed (Ecosse Films) and adaptations of Hassan Abdulrazzak’s play Baghdad Wedding and (with James Marsh) and Graham Joyce’s novel The Silent Land (both Focus Features). His work in theatre includes To Reach the Clouds (Nottingham Playhouse), Success (National Theatre Connections) and All the Angels (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe).

Drake’s credits as librettist include Davies’s award-winning opera Between Worlds (English National Opera).

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