Nigel Planer has an ongoing association with Robert Louis Stevenson. He wrote a play about Stevenson (Death of Long Pig) in 2009 and about the genesis and production of the play in the Journal of Stevenson Studies in 2013. In April 2012 Nigel appeared on Sky Arts’ “Book Show” presenting a piece about Stevenson and his connection to the Savile Club in London.
“I went to Nigel’s class because I love comedy and wanted to learn more about what makes us laugh. Nigel turned everything on its head. Instead of working on comedies, he got us to perform tragic or depressing monologues and then asked us if we could make them funny. It was bizarre, enlightening, and totally original. It uncovered so many layers that sometimes the pieces actually had more impact and were more tragic when you came at them from this angle. It also felt dangerous and innovative – watching people finding a whole new dimension to a character that you simply wouldn’t have uncovered in any other way."
Nigel teaches and runs workshops for actors and for writers at places as diverse as the National Opera Studio, the Arvon Foundation, the Actor’s Centre, the Institute of Group Analysis and Edinburgh Napier University. He is also an accredited Coach (NAWE), and uses the coaching model in his writing Tutorials
Nigel has made guest appearances, appeals and recordings for many charities including Comic Relief, the Mental Health Foundation, MIND and the Not Forgotten Association. He is an ambassador for Dame Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, the mixed disability centre in South Devon.
Nigel has a long-standing involvement with Families Need Fathers and made a speech on their behalf to the House of Commons in 2009. They were his nominated charity when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind.