Despite writing plays and stories, he got a creditable degree and started singing in pubs and writing plays in Edinburgh. He moved to London to study acting with the renowned clown, Philippe Gaulier, and won two radio play competitions for LBC Radio. This was the beginning of his woes.
Over the years, he’s tried his hand at a variety of things in order to keep scribbling. He’s acted in the longest play in the world, The Warp (around 24 hours). He’s played guitar for the inimitable Philip Jeays from Vancouver to Edinburgh. He’s driven actors, including the gangster, “Mad” Frankie Fraser.
He’s also translated Latin, taught Greek and guitar. He’s even taught Geography, and Spanish, which he doesn’t speak. He’s tutored the Sugababes; they turned sixteen and never took the exam, but he did teach one to play Leo Sayer’s ‘When I Need Love’.
Fetching up in Brazil he had the idea for Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square one dark windy night in 2002. During the process of writing it, he scribbled articles for magazines about sponges, weird musicians and bad English.
He also played cricket for Brazil. No, he’s not Brazilian, but they wouldn’t have a team if they were strict on the regulations. Will’s team came third in the South American Cup. Out of three.
Exhibit A Books by William Sutton
Lawless and The Devil of Euston Square (Summer 2013)