About

I am a playwright and theatre director living in Hampshire. At the moment I’m working with Paines Plough, New Diorama Theatre, Reading Between the Lines, Change Festival, and The Watermill Theatre.

The World We Made, inspired by Jonathon Porritt’s seminal work on climate change and the environment, opens at Warwick Arts Centre on 18th October as part of the Change Festival.

My play The True History of Susanna Shakespeare reached the Bruntwood Prize Longlist in 2019, the Papatango Prize Longlist in 2017, was shortlisted for Bristol Old Vic Open Sessions and selected for the Nuffield Theatre Southampton Tenancy scheme, where it had an R&D directed by Justin Audibert.

The Incident Room, which I co-directed with David Byrne for New Diorama Theatre, was selected as the best of Edinburgh Fringe 2019 by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Stage. It next runs at New Diorama Theatre, London, February - March 2020.

I am an Associate Artist at Reading Between the Lines  in Reading, for whom I'm writing two new plays in 2019. I was recently nominated for an Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright for The Rebellious Women of Wimbledon with Attic Theatre Company.

I am a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, where the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) is supporting my adaptation of The World We Made.

My play The Glove Thief, commissioned by Tonic Theatre Company as part of their Platform Series, was published by Nick Hern Books and is performed by drama schools, colleges and youth theatre groups around the world.

I work regularly with The Watermill Theatre in Newbury and my adaptation of The Rivals was directed by Jonny Humphreys there in 2017.

I have written a trilogy of plays about the history of Reading Abbey for Reading Between the Lines. Henry I of England received its world premiere in Reading in November 2016 and was featured in The Guardian, while its sequel, Matilda the Empresswas voted readers' top 20 shows of 2017 in the same paper

Hardboiled: The Fall of Sam Shadow, a co-production with The Watermill and Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, was nominated for two 2016 Off West End Awards (Best Director, Best Designer) and received five stars in TimeOut.

I originally trained and worked as an actress, while founding the new writing ensemble Debut Theatre Company, and was the Outreach Director at The Watermill Theatre in Berkshire, where I worked for seven years.

 

 

 

Award Nominations

Bruntwood Prize Longlist (2019) and Papatango Prize Longlist (2017), for The True History of Susanna Shakespeare

Off West End Award Nomination for Most Promising New Playwright 2018 (The Rebellious Women of Wimbledon)

Off West End Award Nomination for Best Director 2016 (Hardboiled)


Upcoming Work:

The World We Made (Writer) - adaptation of the book by Jonathon Porritt, for the Change Festival at Warwick Arts Centre, 18th October 2019 and then touring.

Come to Where I’m From (Writer) for Paines Plough / The Watermill Theatre, 9th November 2019.

The Incident Room (Co-Director & Dramaturg) with New Diorama Theatre, London, February - March 2020.

The Ballad of Maria Marten (Writer) with Eastern Angles, on tour February - March 2020

The Last Abbot of Reading (Writer) - for Reading Between the Lines, at Reading Abbey, June 2020.

Genomes (Working Title - Writer) - R&D of a new play about the future of medical research, with Reading Between the Lines and the Big Data Institute, Oxford University. Workshopped at Oxford Playhouse in 2018 and planned for production in 2020-21.

Recent Projects

Henry II (Writer) - commission for Reading Between the Lines, the final part of a medieval trilogy set in Reading, October 2018

The Rebellious Women of Wimbledon (Writer) - commission for Attic Theatre Company, London, October 2018.

Polstead (Writer) - commission for Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Ipswich & Suffolk July & August 2018

Finding Victoria (Working title - Writer) R&D with Tucked in Productions and Kensington Palace, January 2018

The Rivals - Adaptation of the play by Sheridan at The Watermill Theatre, March 15th - April 21st 2018



Photo byIan Legge, for RBL

Photo byIan Legge, for RBL