Kei studied Theatre, Film and English Literature at university in York, graduating in 1999. His directorial career began in Lincoln with Other Voices Theatre Company, which he co-founded. During his time with the company he directed productions such as Loot and Abigail’s Party.
In 2003, Kei became Production Director at Blackfriars Arts Centre. His professional productions there included Educating Rita, Teechers, Talking Heads, and several pantomimes including Puss in Boots which he also wrote.He was also responsible for the community and youth theatre, directing a variety of productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stepping Out, A Murder Is Announced and Bugsy Malone.
As a freelance director, he has worked with a number of organisations on a variety of projects. These include the Shakespeare for Schools Festival for the BBC, Sheringham Little Theatre’s pantomime, various Stage Experiences for ATG at the Liverpool Empire and Grimsby Auditorium and a touring production of The Miracle by Lin Coghlan with a cast of older teenagers from Stamford Senior Youth Theatre. He also runs his own theatre company, Bailey and Burns, with his choreographer colleague, Gil, where participants are provided with an opportunity to create theatre through drama, dance and movement workshops.
Kei has been writing theatre and short film scripts for almost twenty years now. He has written a large number of pantomime and family shows for professional and amateur companies which have been performed all over the country. He has also written many productions for youth theatres groups across Lincolnshire. More recently, Kei has been commissioned to write several plays for adult audiences, including a comedy drama called Split Milk and a short black comedy entitled Where the Mushrooms Grow.
Kei lives in Lincolnshire with his husband and their chocolate Labrador and two rats. He enjoys watching Carry On films, Stephen Sondheim musicals and the birds in his garden. In his spare time, he is a primary school teacher.
Selected images across this website have been photographed and supplied by Neil Watson Photography