Howard Barker is a playwright, director and theorist, with an international reputation. His highly imaginative, intellectually exciting plays create a unique aesthetic: theatrically inventive, emotionally intense, poetic yet also cerebral. His output of more than a hundred plays includes the modern classics Scenes from an Execution; Gertrude; Judith. He had a four-play season at the Odeon, Paris, in Spring, 2009, a year which marked the 21st anniversary of The Wrestling School, an ensemble dedicated to the exploration and production of his work. Still he remains somewhat an outsider in the UK.