I won the International Theatre503 Playwriting Award for my play And Then Come The Nightjars– which also earned me a place as a 2016 Finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. My critically acclaimed one woman/no woman show Infinity Pool; A Modern Re-telling of Madame Bovary garnered a sell out run at Edinburgh Fringe and a Total Theatre Award nomination.
I’m also a recipient of the JB Priestley Award from the Royal Literary Fund and, in 2018, won a UK Theatre Award for my adaptation of Little Mermaid. My latest family show, an adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers developed with director Nik Partridge for Tobacco Factory Theatres, enjoyed a sell out run over Christmas 2018. In 2019 I was selected to represent The Royal Court for the NEW2019 scheme from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with my eco-utopian comedy Loam directed by Olivier Award winning director, Donnacadh O’Briain.
I am currently under commission with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, English Touring Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth. In addition to this I am developing a 1950s’ Sci-fi comedy musical – Wasp Woman: The Musical – with composers Jack Drewry & Ellie Showering and 2020 Olivier Award winning director, Miranda Cromwell.
I’ve been a TV geek for as long as I remember. Growing up in rural Devon, television was my window out into a world beyond hedgerows and cow pats and so I grew up on a diet of everything from ‘Sesame Street’ to ‘Cracker’, ‘The Upper Hand’ to ‘Eurotrash’.
In 2019 I was selected to represent the west country in the Young Vic Theatre’s My England film project, a series of film shorts about English national identity written by 14 writers including Jack Thorne and Simon Stephens. My film Sir F. Mother Fucking Drake starring Fleabag’s Jenny Rainsford is available to view online.
I was dramaturg for The Wardrobe Ensemble on their Fringe First and Stage Award winning showEducation, Education, Educationand most recently worked with the company on their new showThe Last of the Pelican Daughters. I have also dramaturged (is that a word?) for Scratchworks Theatre Company, playwright Lucy Bell of Documental Theatre, Tremolo theatre, the North Wall Arts Centre’s Emerging Writers programme, the Stephen Joseph Theatre and The Sexual Health Circus.