Shaun is a multi-hyphenate writer-actor-creative from Greater London. He’s perhaps most notable for his comedy web series Pickle, the podcast What I’m Grateful for Today, 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. His most recent short play TASTE! was filmed via Zoom and premiered on YouTube in February 2021. Shaun returns to the stage in April 2022 with the world premiere of his new play A Place Set Aside for Sleeping, which he has written, directed, and co-stars in.
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. His final play with the company will be the world premiere of A Place Set Aside for Sleeping in April 2022.
Shaun used to host and produce the mental health podcast What I’m Grateful for Today, which started its run in October 2020 and concluded it in August 2022. WIGFT followed four other podcasts hosted and produced by Shaun, with the most notable one being his first, Opening Doors with Shaun Nolan – a documentary podcast that tackled different sociological issues with a wide range of guests – which ran for three seasons until the summer of 2018.
As well as creative projects, Shaun tries to host a fundraising event every year. Past events have been in aid of charities like Mind, The Albert Kennedy Trust, and Acting for Others. Find more about that here.
Before all of this, Shaun spent years of performing with amateur dramatics companies (culimating in a NODA win for his performance as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof) as well as blogging for LondonTheatreDirect, sites like TodayTix, publications like Theatre & Performance Magazine, and his own now-defunct blog Shaun’s Musical Musings. He continues to write a column on theatre in Vale Life Magazine to this day.
To find out more about Shaun’s work or to ask any questions that you may have, you can reach him through one of the means on the contact page.