Lawrence was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work with Tony Harrison at the National Theatre and has worked with the poet and playwright on all his site-specific theatre pieces since 1988. He received a Best Actor Award from the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post Northwest Arts Awards and his co-written play Lives Worth Living is published by Heinemann. His recent directing credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream with Mendelssohn’s incidental Music for the Irish Chamber Orchestra & Storyteller’s Theatre Co., and The Big Enormous Present for Pied Piper Theatre Company. Other directing work includes Theatre Centre, Polka Theatre, Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company, London Bubble Theatre Co., CDS New York Agents Showcase, The Soldiers Tale for the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, as well as several fringe companies. His work as a Movement Director includes the National Theatre, NT Studio, Northern Broadsides, Hampstead Theatre, Tamasha Theatre Co., for the Edinburgh International Festival and Bristol Old Vic. His work as an actor includes small, middle and large scale touring nationally and internationally, many of the regional Repertory Theatres throughout the UK as well as the National Theatre, NT studio, Cheek by Jowl, the Young Vic and Northern Broadsides. He was an Associate Artist of Theatre Centre from 1994 to 2007 and an Associate Director in 2001/2. He also teaches and directs in several UK Drama schools.