Hal was born in Cheshire, UK, and after completing his theatre training in Liverpool and London he appeared in many provincial productions and in three West End musicals.
Shortly after emigrating to Perth in 1970 Hal was invited to join the staff of a large private college in the position of Director of Performing Arts. From the beginning of his time in Australia, Hal was able to successfully combine his teaching with professional freelance directing and writing.
In the late 80’s he was commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy to research and write the story of their Irish Foundress, Catherine McAuley, and how the order was established in Australia. He spent several weeks in Dublin, Ireland, researching her story and the resulting production Trocaire has subsequently been produced many times on both the West and East coasts of Australia. Hal later directed a docudrama of Trocaire featuring WAAPA graduates, among them a young Hugh Jackman.
Hal has directed and choreographed over seventy productions in all of Perth’s Theatrical venues. His directing credits range from children’s shows to classical theatre, and from musicals to thrillers, these include productions of The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie, Stepping Out, Voices, Godspell, Chorus of Disapproval, The Trojan Women and Educating Rita. In the 1990’s he had a very successful working collaboration with composer Mike Eastman which resulted in the musical farce All Above Board, which has now been staged by many independent theatre companies and colleges throughout Australia.
Hal’s most recent directing credits have been the Australian play Lipstick Dreams for his own company Plumpjack Productions, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers for the University of Western Australia, Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes and the psychological thriller Dangerous Obsession by N.J.Crisp.