I write female-centric (and sometimes all-female) work, in a variety of mediums, that seeks to tell stories of people who are often marginalised in mainstream media. Special interests include gender, feminism, GLBT issues, and mental health. I am also a comedy writer and comedian (sketch and improv) and some kind of comedy, albeit usually dark or satirical, runs through much of my work.
|2016||Sugar Babies||High Tide Festival / St James Theatre (part of RE:act)|
|2016||Stories From My Mother||Royal Court (Upstairs)|
|2016||The Neighbourhood Project||The Bush Theatre|
|2016||Fallout||St James Theatre (part of RE:act) / Bread and Roses Theatre|
|2016||563 Days||Southwark Playhouse (part of Courting Drama) / Lion and Unicorn Theatre|
|2016||Des Res||Wandsworth Fringe|
|2016||Puppy||Star of Kings|
|2015||Tortoise||Arcola Theatre (rehearsed reading) / Criterion Theatre (showcase)|
|2014||Tortoise Redux||New Wolsey Theatre / RichMix / Cockpit Theatre|
|2014||A Shakespearean Carol||Royal Shakespeare Theatre (part of Christmas Stage Festival)|
|N/A||The Brain Eater|
|N/A||Women in Parliament|
|N/A||Ten Little Girls|
|N/A||The Cats of Brexit|
Tortoise Dark comedy drama about three woman Sectioned in an NHS psychiatric ward, exploring issues of mental health, mental health treatment, and gender. I was commissioned by the New Wolsey Theatre to write a short play ("Tortoise Redux") for their Pulse Festival, and this short was also performed at RichMix as part of their Seize the Stage female-theatre festival, and at the Cockpit Theatre. I extended the piece into a full-length play, which had a showcase performance at the Criterion Theatre and a rehearsed reading at the Arcola Theatre. I am currently in talks with a number of theatres and production companies for a full run.
4* review from FemaleArts, Review (in Polish) -- "Although it deals with serious themes, it's not heavy. Rather, it is a funny and touching at the same time, breaks stereotypes about mental illness forces you to think and ask questions. [...] Very well-received."
Tortoise was developed through the Criterion Theatre's Playwriting Programme, and later selected for inclusion in the Arcola's Playwrought new play development programme. It was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award, and Diva Magazine chose it as one of their theatre events of the month.
Women in Parliament Adaptation of Aristophanes' comic play Ecclesiazusae. Currently in talks with two theatre companies for a full production.
Shipwrecked What I'm working on now! Shipwrecked is a claustrophobic drama set in a ship graveyard (based on Purton) about the daughter of an agoraphobic hoarder whose stultifying inertia is exploded by the arrival of a photographer.
The Brain Eater Another I'm working on now. The Brain Eater is a dystopian scifi-horror set in a world where memories can be transferred and thus bought and sold, and have become the main worldwide commodity. This play is based on the neuroscience of memory and explores ideas of identity and the class struggle.
Ten Little Girls 1940s-set spoof comedy about a group of plucky pupils at an girls' boarding school located incongruously on the middle of a fog-shrouded moor who investigate a series of bloody murders. This was my attempt at writing a farce. It's incredibly difficult to write farce, hence this being unproduced.
Fallout One-man play. "Simon is going to be a STAR, BABY! At 30, he's finally achieved his lifelong dream: to have his own cabaret show. The audience never leave. Literally. But why are the foot-thick metal doors to the outside locked and bolted?" This was written for the St James Theatre's RE:act, and then had a week-long run at the Bread and Roses Theatre. Absolutely Battersea & Clapham Magazine's Show of the Month and London Pub Theatre Magazine's Top Pick for July.
563 Days One-woman play about a kidnap survivor, dealing with themes of isolation, solipsism, unrequited love, and living inside your own head. It has been performed at the Southwark Playhouse (as part of Courting Drama) and the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.
A Shakespearean Carol An adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Shakespearean characters (Juliet, Lady Macbeth and Hamlet) replacing the ghosts. This debuted at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Christmas Stage Festival.
Grandma Fought a Bear Monologue based on my ancestors' experiences as Eastern European Jewish refugees. This monologue was performed at the Royal Court as part of 'Stories from my Mother.'
Sugar Babies Short play about two teenagers on a beach, both fomenting rebellion in different ways. This was written for the St James Theatre's RE:act and was staged at the High Tide Festival in Aldeburgh. BroadwayWorld article
Puppy Short comedy play about lesbian romance and dogging. Debuted at the Star of Kings as part of a shorts night produced by Siberian Lights Theatre Company.
Des Res Short play about the Barnes Elm Guest House scandal, commissioned for the Wandsworth Fringe Festival.
Nosology Short play: a whistle-stop tour of the history of psychiatry. Debuted at Theatre N16.
Los Escapa Short horror-comedy about an idyllic vacation resort with a dark secret. Had a reading at ScriptTank.
The Cats of Brexit Short play commissioned in response to Brexit.
The Frogs Monologue for an elderly lady.
Maturity - Comedy-drama about a 60-yr old painfully shy scientist who takes drastic action to reinvent himself when he's forced into mandatory retirement. This satire about corporate intrigue and ageism draws on Tootsie and Wall Street as influences. Maturity won first place at the Raindance Film Festival's Ammo Live competition.HOLD (2017) Short horror film - what if your life depended on how long you were kept on hold?
Comedy sketch writer and improv performer with Little but Fierce (2012 -)
Freelance reviewer and arts journalist (2004-).
Some of my poems were published in Anchor Books' poetry anthology Bridging the Gap (now out of print, but old copies sometimes available on Amazon).Won Raindance Film Festival, Ammo Live.