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 has just published his first novel Desperate to Sell (see below). 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 appeared as Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Hague in Holland and has recently filmed The Good Karma Hospital for ITV. He can currently be heard as the presenter on Radio 4's My Name is and is about to film the movie The Surge.
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.
BBC Radio 4's 'My Name is Rod Silvers ' on Mon 22nd June. Catch up, BBC IPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00066zc
Fertility Network, More to Life Webinar: https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/life-without-children/more-to-life-webinars/
Guardian Newspaper Interview: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/nov/17/male-childlessness-not-reproducing-what-am-i?CMP=share_btn_link
Honoured to work with Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier at the Fertility Arts Festival, Barbican, 2019.
Rods new book 'Desperate to Sell' is now available for sale on Amazon Kindle priced £1.99. (I wanted to put it on for £0.99 but Amazon wouldn't let me!)
The book is a comedy pathos story of Alan Byrne a working class man in his 50's who had it all but now finds himself single and alone. To try and get himself amongst the living again he goes on a singles weekend to Spain. The journey is a voyage of self-discovery about a man who is lost and trying to come to terms with life as it is.