Frank Vickery was born in 1951 in the Rhondda Valley, where he still lives and works as a playwright. He started writing whilst still in school and had his first major success at the age of twenty one when his first comedy ‘After I’m Gone’ won the Howard De Waldon Trophy for the best one act play in Great Britain.
He quickly followed this with another short play called ’See you Tomorrow’, which won him the best playwright award from the Drama Association of Wales. Since then, he has written extensively for the theatre, radio and television, steadily building a reputation as a pioneering Welsh playwright and a leading name on the Welsh touring circuit since the early 1990’s.
For many years Frank had a successful association with Park and Dare Theatre Company, which fuelled his ambition to create his own production company Grassroots. Prior to this, he had an eight-year association with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
He is the author of thirty plays to date (most of which are published by Samuel French Limited) including the hugely successful Welsh musical ‘Amazing Grace’ and the critically acclaimed comedy ‘Tonto Evans’.
In recent years Frank has concentrated on performing, as well as writing and he enjoyed a highly successful season at Ludlow in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ as Sir Andrew and Philario in ‘Cymberline’ both directed by Michael Bogdanov, as well as appearing numerous times in pantomime at the Swansea Grand Theatre.
He has also been the subject of a major documentary by BBC Television called ‘On Show: Kiss and Tell’ .
Following on from that, in 2007, his hilarious comedy ‘Granny Annie’ successfully completed a major theatrical tour to many sell out audiences.
Last year saw Frank embarking on another tour of south Wales’s venues with Erogenous Zones. Directed by Phil Clarke and staring Ian H Watkins, it was widely considered to be one of Frank Vickery’s most slick and sophisticated writing to date.
Frank was a massive success in Tonto Evans in autumn 2009, and due to public demand is back starring in this touring spring production of Loose Ends.
Autumn 2010 sees Frank touring a brand new play, supported by the Arts Council of Wales. A dark comedy peppered with Frank’s unique and totally recognisable humour, Barkin’ will be touring throughout Wales from October.