Paul Kalburgi

Paul Kalburgi

Paul Kalburgi is an award-winning British screenwriter, playwright and television producer. He received his MA (Writing for Screen & Stage) from the School of Drama, Film & Media at Regent's University, London; where he graduated with distinction and was also awarded the Postgraduate Student Prize. Paul is currently studying screenplay analysis as part of the Writer's Program at UCLA.
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Paul Kalburgi is an award-winning British screenwriter, playwright and television producer. He received his MA (Writing for Screen & Stage) from the School of Drama, Film & Media at Regent's University, London; where he graduated with distinction and was also awarded the Postgraduate Student Prize. Paul is currently studying screenplay analysis as part of the Writer's Program at UCLA.

Screenwriting credits include Clint Eastwood: Hollywood Outlaw (REELZ Channel, USA), Shortland Street (TVNZ, New Zealand), The Price of Fame (REELZ Channel, USA / Channel 5, UK) and Healing (Revelation/Genesis TV, UK – Winner, Concrete Dream Film Festival, Los Angeles). As a producer, Paul has produced programmes for a host of networks in the UK and USA since 2007, across genres including celebrity/reality, docudrama, documentary, lifestyle, factual entertainment and local news.

Select playwriting credits include Broadway or Bust (Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas), In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas – Winner ‘Outstanding New Play’ DFW Theater Critics Forum, 2018), Maxine (Stockwell Playhouse, London and Times Square Art Center, New York), Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London – published by Lazy Bee Scripts) and The Countess (Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Alongside his writing projects, Paul continues to facilitate playwriting courses and workshops internationally. His book, The Writers’ Toolkit: Exercises, Techniques and Ideas for Playwrights and Screenwriters, is published by Nick Hern Books, London.

Paul is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America where he currently serves as the New Zealand Ambassador.

Plays

  • In the Tall Grass
    In The Tall Grass is a verbatim play written in response to the murder of Shade Schuler, a 22 year old transgender woman whose body was found dumped in a field in the medical district of Dallas in July 2015.

    Shade’s story is set against the backdrop of wider atrocities across the US, which saw at least 23 trans or gender-nonconforming people murdered in 2015 alone – more than the total number of...
    In The Tall Grass is a verbatim play written in response to the murder of Shade Schuler, a 22 year old transgender woman whose body was found dumped in a field in the medical district of Dallas in July 2015.

    Shade’s story is set against the backdrop of wider atrocities across the US, which saw at least 23 trans or gender-nonconforming people murdered in 2015 alone – more than the total number of trans murders than in any other year that advocates had recorded. Tragically, this number looks set to surpass itself each year.

    In the wake of Shade’s murder, the play focuses on a community who are left asking ‘why’, and fearing who could be next. Told through first-hand testimonies of transgender women of color in Dallas, In The Tall Grass explores the circumstances, which force many of them to exist in the underworld – ignored by society, cut off from support and legal systems; and condemned for what is ironically known as 'survival sex work'.
  • Maxine
    Jack visits his recently widowed father Michael in hospital, where talk quickly turns to the new woman in his life. Jack assumes his father has wasted no time in meeting someone special, whilst Michael assumes his son has discovered his real secret.

    Father and son talk at cross-purposes, as the ghost of Helen (wife and mother) plays spectator - determined to see the men she left behind work...
    Jack visits his recently widowed father Michael in hospital, where talk quickly turns to the new woman in his life. Jack assumes his father has wasted no time in meeting someone special, whilst Michael assumes his son has discovered his real secret.

    Father and son talk at cross-purposes, as the ghost of Helen (wife and mother) plays spectator - determined to see the men she left behind work through their differences and heal their fractured relationship.
  • The Countess
    This is the story of a woman who led an extraordinary double life, conning Brent council out of nearly £200,000 in fraudulent benefit claims.

    In 1997, Marianne Jonson (born Robert Duxbury) was granted a lease to run the Roundwood Lodge Café in Roundwood Park. In 2002, as the café became successful; Jonson applied for a second national insurance number in the name of the Countess Mariaska Romanov...
    This is the story of a woman who led an extraordinary double life, conning Brent council out of nearly £200,000 in fraudulent benefit claims.

    In 1997, Marianne Jonson (born Robert Duxbury) was granted a lease to run the Roundwood Lodge Café in Roundwood Park. In 2002, as the café became successful; Jonson applied for a second national insurance number in the name of the Countess Mariaska Romanov, claiming to have lived abroad for many years… and that Marianne Jonson was her twin sister!

    Jonson claimed ‘intermittent paraplegia’, and for Social Services visits she would lie in bed with a scarf covering her head, wearing sunglasses in a darkened room – claiming to be afraid of meeting people, sensitive to light and unable to leave the house. This was backed up by a medical assessment, allegedly from eminent surgeon Professor Marsden, but cobbled together from medical journals, and written after his death!

    In a six-week trial dubbed ‘stranger than fiction’, the court heard how payments funded a lavish lifestyle, including foreign travel, luxury shopping, and weekly visits to salons and manicurists.

    Told through exclusive interviews with the people at the centre of the story, court transcripts and extensive research - for the first time, this verbatim play tells the full story of the self-styled Countess who led an extraordinary double life.
  • Almost The Birthday Party
    Almost The Birthday Party is inspired by the famous Pinter play, ‘The Birthday Party’. Kenny and Vern are an eccentric couple in their 60’s who get more than they bargained for when they set out to make new friends by inviting complete strangers to join a play reading group in their parlour. The couple are visited late at night and asked to recall details of an absurd, and rather eventful first rehearsal, by a...
    Almost The Birthday Party is inspired by the famous Pinter play, ‘The Birthday Party’. Kenny and Vern are an eccentric couple in their 60’s who get more than they bargained for when they set out to make new friends by inviting complete strangers to join a play reading group in their parlour. The couple are visited late at night and asked to recall details of an absurd, and rather eventful first rehearsal, by a mysterious Mrs. Percival. (Complete with cheesecake, vicar and taxidermied cat!)
  • Jack & The Beanstalk
    The classic pantomime re-imagined! Sing, Shout, Boo and Cheer as our hero Jack journeys to the top of the beanstalk in search of his fortune and a better life for him and his sick mother. But he’s not the only one seeking treasure, with his wicked Aunt Verruca and crazy new cousin Dame Dilly Dally hot on his heels.

    Meanwhile, on the eve of the Princess of Diamonds’ birthday party, the King of...
    The classic pantomime re-imagined! Sing, Shout, Boo and Cheer as our hero Jack journeys to the top of the beanstalk in search of his fortune and a better life for him and his sick mother. But he’s not the only one seeking treasure, with his wicked Aunt Verruca and crazy new cousin Dame Dilly Dally hot on his heels.

    Meanwhile, on the eve of the Princess of Diamonds’ birthday party, the King of Spades has threatened the entire village of Lillyshaw with a demolition order if his precious golden items are not returned. Jack is guided on his adventure by good and bad fairies Virtue and Jeopardy, but when he finally reaches the top of the stalk, things aren’t quite what... or who they seem!

    Good wins over evil and he who dares to venture into this strange new world shall be rewarded with riches... and true love! Complete with Pat the pantomime cow, Tom, Dick and Harry the three palace jesters... and of course, those magic beans!