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Alan Osborne was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1942 and educated at Quakers Yard Grammar school. A keen boxer and swimmer he achieved National Youth Standard in Field Athletics before studying at Newport College of Art. His early career was devoted to education, he taught art and architecture in Oxford and London where he was involved in developing the Design and Technology syllabus. He returned to Wales in 1975 to teach at Afon Taf, Troed y Rhiw.

His dramatic work began with Plans for The Great Trapeze Act and was followed by Terraces, Johnny Darkie and his first major work Bull, Rock and Nut which won the Play for Wales competition in 1981 and began his long association with the Made in Wales Stage company. In Sunshine and in Shadow followed in 1985 with performances in Wales and London. Redemption Song, the final play in The Merthyr Trilogy was first performed in 1987. He has also written a number of successful television dramas including The Whistling Boy (1994) and The Beach Inspector (1996).


A Full retrospective of his work was staged by Made in Wales and performed at the Sherman Theatre in 1993.


He has composed music scores to may of his plays and Give us the Flowers Now for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a choral libretto, spirit of our Distant Fathers in Wales which toured with Brecon High School in the United States.


His art work has also received numerous exhibitions and is held in many private and public collections.


He divides his time between Merthyr and Cardiff.

THIS IS THE DAY is his eighth Operatic Work