John Godber OBE


“I was born into a working class family in the West Yorkshire coalfields in 1956. My father was a miner and my mother was a part-time school dinner lady. I wanted to play football and rugby but I became fascinated with literature and theatre at school, and started to write short scripts and appear in school plays. I eventually trained at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield and became a qualified drama teacher. After postgraduate study at Leeds University I began to teach in a tough Comprehensive school, the one I had attended as a student. In 1984 I left teaching to run Hull Truck Theatre Company and led it from bankruptcy into a new £15million theatre in Hull’s City centre. In 2010 I set up the John Godber Company to continue to tour my work nationally and regionally. We have been supporting young people with an interest in the theatre unofficially for many many years, now The Godber Theatre Foundation creates a more permanent platform to help young people from the area I live and work in. I hope our significant educational and industry links will prove useful to those who are successful applicants to the foundation.”