david staines



David Staines was born in Buckinghamshire.


‘The Watchman of Kerioth’, published November 2015, is his first novel. David is a member of the Association of Christian Authors and the Independent Author Network.


He provided the libretto for the musical ‘Jack’ (music by Robin Martin-Oliver) which received its professional première in 2007, and has written lyrics for many songs for the stage, schools and churches.


David has been a teacher, press officer, actor and singer, and throughout he has surrounded himself with books: from Elmer the Elephant to Aslan the Lion; from St. Exupéry to Shakespeare.


David and Atlanta Rose Vowden sing 'A Dangerous Game' from 'Jekyll & Hyde'

Recorded in April 2014, engineered by Roger Cornish.

David and Atlanta are currently singing together in a series of concerts entitled 'The Music of the Night'.


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Photo credits: headshot (Kate Pollard), The Merry Widow (Marcus Luckett), Jesus Christ Superstar & Chess (Ian Bateman),

Jekyll & Hyde (Rob Davidson), An Inspector Calls (David Trollope)

His roles as a performer include: Jesus in 'Jesus Christ Superstar', Anatoly Sergievsky in 'Chess' (both Oxford Playhouse), the title roles in two productions of 'Jekyll and Hyde', Count Danilo Danilovitsch in 'The Merry Widow', Fagin in 'Oliver!', the title role in 'An Inspector Calls', Javert in the 'Les Miserables' masterclass (Palace Theatre, London), Poseidon in 'The Trojan Women' and Jesus in 'Godspell'. He has also appeared in 'Hay Fever', 'Veronica's Room' three seasons of 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Habeas Corpus'. He played The Psychologist in the feature film 'Elemental Storage' (dir. Matthew Dixon) and David has toured the UK with 'West End Has Faith' and worked with them on 'Christmas Praise' conducted by Noel Tredinnick and broadcast on Premier Christian Radio. He is currently Artistic Director of Parabola, a Christian theatre company, and works in communications in the charity sector.


David lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Melinda, and their children, Eliot, Lily and Caleb, as well as Fiyero, the cat.