Seán Street began his career as an actor in the British theatre, and he has continued the connection with a number of successful plays which have been widely performed. His particular interest is in drama based on factual subjects.
- 1979 His short play, Tea Set and Match was produced by Tim Goodman for the Arts Educational Trust, with Lia Williams and Alison Parrott in the lead roles
- 1985 Salisbury Playhouse commissioned his adaptation of W.H. Hudson’s book of a Wiltshire countryman, A Shepherd’s Life.. The play was a huge success and has been revived many times.
- 1990 Salisbury Playhouse commissioned Seán again, this time to mark the 150 th anniversary of Thomas Hardy’s birth. Te result was Wessex Days. This was later revived and toured by Lifeblood Theatre.
- 1993 Northampton Royal Theatre commissioned Seán’s play, Honest John, to mark the 200 th anniversary of the birth of the poet, John Clare. The play won the Central Television Award for new writing in that year.
- 1998 Seán wrote Beyond Paradise – the Wildlife of a Gentle Man, a one-man show – for the actor, Christopher Robbie. This continues to tour to considerable acclaim in a production by Jo Street for Dragonfly Productions.
Among major adaptations for BBC Radio
- In 1986, Robert Stephens starred in his adaptation of the writings of Richard Jefferies, The Drift of Time, directed by John Knight and broadcast on Radio 4
- In 1995, Seán’s “film for radio”, Procession to the Private Sector, adapted from the work of the poet David Gascoyne, was produced for Radio 3 by Julian May, with Simon Callow in the central role.