I’m a playwright and dramaturg and have been working in new writing since 2002, when I spent my first two years as the Literary Assistant at Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre in London reading scripts, running workshops and administrating the Verity Bargate Award.
I went freelance in 2004 and have been working since in a wide variety of contexts as dramaturg, playwright and associate tutor to various universities.
As a dramaturg I’ve delivered numerous workshops and writer development schemes for regional organisations (Ustinov Studio, New Writing South, Bristol Old Vic, Hull Truck Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Beaford Arts and Part Exchange Co’s The Engine House) and worked with award-winning devising companies such as Fine Chisel, Dirty Market, The Plasticine Men, multi story and rural promoter/producer Beaford Arts in North Devon. I’ve also been a script-reader for West End producers (Sonia Friedman, ACT Productions), international theatres (The Gate, RSC) and new writing venues (Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre).
As a playwright I’ve been commissioned twice by Half Moon to write nationally touring work for teenage audiences, including the Meyer Whitworth-nominated BEGIN/END (2010), twice by Theatre Royal Plymouth and also the egg, Forest Forge, Proteus Theatre, Sixth Sense and The British School of Beijing for young company shows produced between 2009 and 2013. Most recently for young people I was commissioned by Chichester Festival Theatre and Travelling Light in Bristol and am now working on another new play for teenagers with Half Moon.
I also write for adult audiences and have had work commissioned by Theatre West, Forest Forge, Theatre Royal Bath Engage, Ugly Sister Productions, Blue Brook Productions and Symbiotic Theatre. In 2015 I received two Arts Council England awards: one for a Protected Time to Write attachment with Bristol Old Vic, and the other to travel to Seoul, Korea with director Sita Calvert-Ennals and research a new play whilst hosted by Doosan Art Center.
I’m represented as a playwright by my agent Matt Connell at Berlin Associates.
Finally my work in universities has been a great way of consolidating my own learning about dramaturgy and playwriting in the professional world, constantly reviewing and revising the answer to the question ‘how and why do we write for theatre?’.
I’ve designed and taught practical modules at UG and PG level in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at the University of Exeter and Goldsmiths College – where I was a Convenor on the MA Writing for Performance – and more theory-based modules in the history of new writing at both Brunel and City universities. I’m about to start a new role with Bristol University teaching Translation and Adaptation in 2015/16. All this work has been consolidated into published academic research including my book Contemporary British Drama and studies on the playwright Jim Cartwright and writer-performer Tim Crouch.
I continue to work across all these areas in different capacities, with a stronger focus at the moment on my playwriting.
Working With Me
For example, my playwriting work with young people requires me to do all three:
- Facilitating workshops to generate ideas
- Thinking as a dramaturg to develop processes for them to contribute material for the script (creating characters, scenes, ideas, text) and collaborate effectively with other practitioners in the room
- Working as a playwright to hone our collective ideas into a working draft
Every project is different and brings its own particular challenges, and every practitioner works in a different way.
I’m happy to talk with you about how I can best apply my knowledge and skills at any stage of your process, whether you’re a company, writer, venue, educational institution or youth theatre. Contact me now if you’d like to find out how we can work together.