playwright, born in London, the son of a Nonconformist minister, and educated at Oxford. He made his name with a powerful drama set in a rural district of the Black Country, Afore Night Come (1962); subsequent works, informed by a dark and passionate surreal mysticism, include Ashes (1974, pub. 1977), Penda's Fen (TV 1974, pub. 1975), Sons of Light (1976), The Triumph of Death (1981), Space Invaders (1983), and The Saxon Shore (1986).
Subjects: Literature — Theatre.