Ray’s first full length play, ‘Bait Time,’ was selected by Sunderland Creative Writing CIC as part of the Drafted project. The play was rehearsed over one week in October 2021, with a performance of the first act taking place at Arts Centre Washington.

Rehearsals for ‘Bait Time’ at The Fire Station, Sunderland, October 2021.

In 2019 he was awarded a place on a course at The Live Theatre, Newcastle, for emerging local playwrights.

‘Hero With A Small Case’ was his first play to be professionally staged as part of the Museum Pieces event at Sunderland Winter Gardens and Museum.

Ray Hopkins at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 2019.

Ray took part in a challenge on The Literal Challenge website, writing 14 screenplays in fourteen days, one of which you can read here.