Rod Silvers is a former market stallholder and stand-up comic who has written sketches and plays for the Edinburgh Fringe as well as for BBC Radio’s 2 & 4. He is also about to publish his first novel It’s Now or Never. He recently finished a run of his comedy play Terry and Jude exploring the lives of 2 older, childless men. The story was inspired by his 2011 film England Expects following one man’s journey of IVF, which he also wrote and Co-Produced. As an actor he has appeared in TV and film such as Agent Cody Banks 2, The Infidel and Namastay 2. He has also recently played Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream for the Infinite Jest Theatre Company and has not long arrived back from Sri Lanka after filming The Good Karma Hospital for ITV.
Rod has worked in drama based training for the last 20 years both as a facilitator and roleplayer in the Corporate, Private and Public sectors. He specialises as a coach in Behavioral Safety in the Constructiion, Rail and Civils Industries. He has worked nationally and internationally in programmes such as Mental Health, Equalities and Diversities, Communication Skills and Influencing Skills. He is currently working at the Houses of Parliament on a behavioural safety programme.
Work on Childless Men:
In 2010 Rod wrote his short film 'England Expects' which explores one man's journey of IVF, (see below). The story uses football as a metaphor to explore hope, loss and expectation. In 2019 he wrote his comedy play 'Terry and Jude' which explores the lives of 2 older, single, childless men and what happens when one makes the other an offer he can't refuse!
Soho Radio Interview: https://www.mixcloud.com/
Fertility Arts Festival: Rod will be performing/speaking at the Barbican in the Pit Theatre with writer and poet Benjamin Zephania in 'Mans Speak' on the 27th April 2019 and the Reverand Elis Mathews for the 'Invisible Man' session on the 3rd May 2019.
Guardian Newspaper Interview: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/nov/17/male-childlessness-not-reproducing-what-am-i?CMP=share_btn_link