Shaun is perhaps most notable for his comedy web series Pickle and the one-man stage play Paper Dolls. Pickle – a show about a gay teenager trying to figure out how to transition into young adulthood – co-starred Sharina Bruno and premiered in September 2017 to great acclaim, recieving a Best Web Series nomination at the Los Angeles Cinefest. The show returned for a second season in September 2018 and concluded in September 2019 with a two-part finale.
Shaun’s stage work began with his fringe debut: the one-man political comedy Paper Dolls, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August of 2018. The show was written, directed, produced, and performed by Shaun. The play returned to the stage for one night only in April 2019 as part of Paper Dolls & Other Shorts, a charity gala night of one-act plays by Shaun, performed at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. Shaun’s next short play came at the end of 2019 when he wrote, directed and produced his first radio play entitled The Sugar Plum, which premiered on YouTube and featured an original song by Shaun’s frequent collaborator Emma Thorpe.
All of this started after years of performing with amateur dramatics companies (culimating in a NODA win for his performance in Fiddler on the Roof). In the spring of 2014, Shaun started writing about theatre online when he became the initial blogger for London Theatre Direct. In the three years that followed, he wrote cover articles for Theatre & Performance Magazine, blog posts for TodayTix, and thinkpieces for his own blog, Shaun’s Musical Musings.
Eventually, blogging led Shaun into the realm of podcasting. In the summer of 2016, he started his first show entitled Opening Doors with Shaun Nolan, a documentary podcast that tackled different sociological issues. The show concluded with a third and final season in the summer of 2018. In Autumn 2017, he added Home or Away?; in Spring 2018, he added Our Noughties Diary; and in the Autumn of 2019, he added Nobody Puts Movies In An Order, co-hosted with Verity Bennett. All three shows have completed their runs. His fifth and latest podcast, entitled What I’m Grateful for Today, started its first season in October 2020.
Shaun also serves as a committee member for Aylesbury’s Unbound Theatre company. He sits on the board as a frequent director of their shows, which includes a September 2018 revival of Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room, and a March 2020 revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. He also frequently works with Hannah Elsy Productions, serving as an assistant producer on several HEP projects, and he continues to write about culture for many different publications, most notably as the long-standing theatre columnist at Vale Life Magazine.
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