Alan Hopgood is well known as a playwright, screenwriter, documentary writer and as an actor. Since 1997, Hopgood's HealthPlay performances have brought the worlds of drama and health together, offering a humorous outlook on challenging health issues. The narratives are inspired by true life stories. See www.healthplay.com.au.
In March 2000, Alan's play The Carer premiered in Melbourne before two tours of Australia. It was highly praised for its sensitive treatment of Alzheimer's disease and its warmth and humour. Since then, Alan has written several plays addressing health issues, ranging from diabetes to geriatric sex, and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. Recently, The Carer was performed in Cantonese in Hong Kong by 105 Drama Society in October 2015. In Early 2016, tours of The Carer are planned for country Victoria.
Alan Hopgood has been one of Australia’s leading playwrights since 1963, when his successful plays, And the Big Men Fly, The Golden Legion of Cleaning Women and Private Yuk Objects were presented by the M.T.C. He has since continued his successful career in film and television winning Awgie awards for The Cheerful Cuckold and The Bush Bunch and writing several feature films, including Alvin Purple and the documentaries The Prophecies of Nostradamus and The Fountain of Youth.
His acting career runs parallel with his writing, spending 10 years with the M.T.C., six years as the popular “Dr Reed” in Bellbird, as well as creating the popular characters “Wally” in Prisoner and “Jack Lassiter” in Neighbours.
Alan would be happy to perform The Emperor of the Ghetto, a one man play, suitable for year 10 and 11 students studying English, Drama and WW2 history. It deals with the Jewish Leader of the Ghetto of Lodz and his dilemmas in dealing with the Nazis. The presentation takes about an hour and includes a discussion.
Alan presents to Secondary Schools, Years 10 to 12.