Renny came to the attention of the BBC in 1986 with his one-act play Katie Crowder, whereupon he was commissioned to write several half hour comedies which were produced for BBC Radio 4. He then won the prestigious Michael Elliott award in the International Mobil Playwriting Competition with an early version of his hard-hitting drama Bare. This was followed by a commission from Oldham Coliseum for Poles Apart. He created an all-female fight company for his sci-fi romp Lady Macbeth Rewrites The Rulebook, which has toured all over the Country. He was on the writing team for Families (GTV) and Casualty (BBC) and then successfully wrote The Bill for 3 years.
His historical drama D’Eon, based on the true and bizarre life of Chevalier D’Eon de Beaumont was a sell-out 5* reviewed success at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester in 2018 and is now being translated into Greek and will be produced by Aggelon Vima at The East West Arts Centre, Athens in autumn 2019. His latest one-woman play, A Dangerous Woman premiered in Manchester and played to rave reviews and audiences at The Edinburgh Festival 2018. His earlier one-woman play, The Alphabet Girl began life as a 20 minute monologue at The King’s Arms, Salford which he then developed into a full length play which premiered in August 2014 to rapturous audiences and glowing reviews (See manchestertheatreawards.com). Oldham Coliseum, following the successful and highly enjoyable staged/rehearsed reading of a new 2 act version of Katie Crowder in January 2015, opened their inaugural studio season in the autumn of 2015 alongside The Alphabet Girl. Renny’s hard-hitting gangland love story set in the visceral world of illegal bare-knuckle fighting saw Renny win his coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2010.
Renny is currently in the finishing stages of a new historical play based on the life of Elizabeth Stokes, the champion female fist fighter in the early 18th century, called Knucklepenny and a biographical two-hander of the last day of Janis Joplin’s life.
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