Andy Barrett is a Nottingham based playwright who writes for stage and radio. As Artistic Director of community theatre company Hanby and Barrett he has written and co-directed over twenty five shows that have been performed in a wide range of unusual locations across the region. The most recent of these was The Cries of Silent Men, which explored a key moment in the battle between church and state in the sixteenth century, and was performed around the remains of a Carthusian monastery near Eastwood. Dolly is his third play for New Perspectives following on from Summer Comes and Life Changes (2002) and the Amnesty Award nominated The Allotment (2006). His work for Radio Four includes The Perfect Wood (2003) with Stephanie Cole and Geoffrey Palmer, a Womens Hour serial, and an adaptation of The Adventures and Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe starring Tim McInnerney (2008). He has a long running relationship with the Nottingham Playhouse, having had The Day That Kevin Came (2003) and Garage Band (2009) produced by the theatre, and next year will see his version of The League of Youth (Ibsen), which will be the first ever professional production of the play in the UK. He is currently working on The Story Traders of Sichuan, a collaboration between various Nottingham based theatre makers and performers from the Sichuan Opera in Chengdu.