Playwright

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Originally from Leicester, Dan moved to London to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He graduated in 2017 with a Ba(Hons) in Applied Theatre.

Since graduation Dan has kept his love and passion for theatre and new writing. Primarily utilising a darkly comic writing style his work explores themes around mental health, politics and violence. Most recently his play ‘Laugh it off’ was workshopped at an Aktualise monthly script reading. Leading from this Dan signed with North Artist Management and has a brand new play in development titled ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’.

Dan Berridge

Playwright

Darrel Draper

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Darrel Draper is a working class playwright who represents a community of people in the lower third of arts engagement in the country. Born and raised in Essex between Romford and Harold Hill, Darrel wishes to shine light on those living on the circumference of society, who are often overlooked or misjudged.

 

His previous work has appeared on such stages as The Southwark Playhouse, Space Arts Theatre, Stratford Circus Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Hope Theatre, The Pleasance, Bread And Roses, Tristan Bates and The Old Red Lion. He has been twice commissioned by Applecart Arts community theatre and continues to work with them to create progressive and inclusive theatre exploring socio-political issues. His work has also appeared on BBC RADIO ESSEX and most recently an extract of his play 'Slave Labour' can be seen as part of the BBC Scotland documentary 'The Dark Shadow of Murder'. Recently one of his plays 'Fingerprints' made it through to the second round of readings of the Papatango Playwriting Prize where he received some excellent and very encouraging feedback on his writing. 

Playwright

Julian Felice

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Julian Felice is the first ever internationally published playwright from the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. He has had four plays published in the USA, all of which have been performed in various locations across the States. He has also had plays performed at London venues such as the King’s Head Theatre and Theatro Technis, and has worked closely with Mrs C’s Collective Theatre Company, The New Works Playhouse, and The Space.

 

Julian has won Best Original Play at the Gibraltar Drama Festival on five occasions and was awarded Cultural Ambassador at the 2019 Gibraltar Cultural Awards. He is also a recipient of the Governor of Gibraltar’s ‘For Excellence' Coin.

Screenwriter & Playwright

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Annie McKenzie (she/her) is a working-class writer who was born in France and grew up in Grimsby in the North-East of England. She has been working in the industry as an actor, writer, director and producer since graduating from East 15 Acting School in 2013. Annie has written and directed shows for Vault Festival, Pleasance as part of Edinburgh Fringe and has produced various UK tours and events.

 

Annie's passion lies in writing about the oppression of the working classes, women's rights, equality, honest-to-goodness storytelling, good coffee and even better cake.

 

Her most recent work with writing partner George Wills is a 6 part comedy-drama called "Living Proper", about two mates who live and work in a Northern seaside town. They are also currently adapting her solo show "Happiness is a Cup of Tea" into a mini-series.

 

Annie McKenzie

Screenwriter

Romey Norton

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Romey Norton graduated with a Masters of Arts from the University of Leeds in 2017 and since then has put her writing skills to work in the world of marketing and social media. As well as an Actor and model, Romey has been developing projects for film and television. Inspired by her own dating and work life Romey is working on a television series called "Twenties" and another series called "Do not Reemploy". Romey is a budding writer of poetry and short stories, and has had her poetry published in numerous anthologies and performed across the UK.

Screenwriter

Alastair Railton

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Alastair Railton born in York and raised in Grantham found a passion for writing from a young age. He has since been focused on bringing his ideas to life on the big screen. Focusing on a combination of modern day social issues and then applying these into a dystopian world is a personal favorite of his. As is heart-pounding thriller films that will have the audience on the edge of their seats.

 

His list of written work includes the award winning films Voice of Belief, Between the Divide, The Prison and others including Conviction Without Remorse, Time Aside and The Quota.  Alastair is hoping to solidify his position as a prominent writer for this new age of filmmaking.

Playwright

Laura Shoebottom

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Originally from Leeds, Laura is a playwright, poet and workshop leader based in Sutton. With a love of comedy and site specific theatre, Laura’s writing uses fast paced dark humour to explore human relationships and mental health. Her work has been produced at venues across London and the South West and also on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex.

 

Her play ‘Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ’S’ on Her Vest’ was programmed at The Bread and Roses Theatre in 2018 and at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in 2019 as part of the Camden Fringe. Laura returned to the theatre in February 2020 to write a monologue for Proforca Theatre’s ‘Feel More’ series.

 

Laura’s monologue ‘Logic’ was recently published by SLAM Kings Cross in their anthology ‘SLAMinutes Does Mental Health Through The Pandemic’. Her latest play ‘The Loudest Mind’, was supported by Tramshed in November 2020 and showcased over Zoom at their Generator: Kids In Focus festival of children’s theatre. Laura is due to begin a week long residency with Tramshed in February 2021 in order to develop the play into a full length touring production and is also working on accompanying children’s books.

Playwright

Rae Skerrett

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Rae Skerrett is a London based Actor and Writer from the Midlands, who developed her passion for Playwrighting during her BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts degree at Rose Bruford College, in which she is a recent graduate from.

 

Rae has always had an enthusiasm for writing imaginative stories from a young age, but her degree allowed her to gain a complex understanding of the importance of envisioning a world in which the characters live, whilst taking into consideration their political, social and economic climate. Her current projects lean towards voicing stories from strong female characters, surrounding themes on mental health and LGBT topics. 

Screenwriter & Playwright

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Fiona’s driving force as a writer is to tell stories that have not been heard with the voices of those not usually listened to. Her work on stage and screen spans a variety of genres
 

Film: Chosen for Home Theatre UK , Acceptable Damage feature film Hem
Heath/Rebel Without Crew Films/This Is Insomnia, Tinned Goods feature film (treatment stage)

 

Stage plays: Angelica 1623 Theatre, Tinned Goods national tour published
by Samuel French, Martenitsa for Angelic Tales and Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tiny Shows The Copenhagen Interpretation –, Omnibus Clapham, GLYPT, Jackdaw, Teatro Vivo, Lumenis (London tour: Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion, Camden People’s Theatre)


Fiona has scripted devised work for a number of companies, written Theatre In Education plays, Forum Theatre for the elderly community in Care Homes and Sheltered Housing and other Site Specific projects. She is currently lead writer on a project with a prison for the charity It’s Not Your Birthday But.

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George is a working-class writer who grew up in Coventry by way of Liverpool. He moved to London in 2018 to pursue an MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School and graduated in 2019. Since then he has been working as an actor and writer on various projects.

 

George's passion lies in giving a voice to those often unheard in mainstream media. He writes what he knows, usually with comedic leanings, but always with the intention of creating worlds that everyone can relate to and recognise. 

 

George has written showreel scenes and monologues for "Two Idiots And A Camera", and his most recent work with writing partner Annie McKenzie is a 6 part comedy-drama called "Living Proper" about two mates who live and work in a Northern seaside town

George Wills

Screenwriter

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Mark Wisdom is a writer who uses his acting experience to develop complex characters. He is primarily an explorer of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian settings and has aspirations across genres, with the simple desire to put interesting characters in relatable scenarios.

Mark’s previous credits include the short films 'Service Charge' and ‘A Glance to the Ocean’, both of which are in pre-production. He also co-wrote the 1970’s crime drama short-film 'Conviction Without Remorse' which is currently on the film festival circuit. Mark, and the film’s director, have since co-written a feature-length version of this script which they are looking to produce. More recently, Mark completed the pilot episode for ‘The Saturate Saga’, a grounded Sci-Fi TV series of his own concept.

In 2021, Mark will be developing an Epic-Fantasy novel, after being inspired by (and receiving acknowledgement from) Elli Trent, a newly published author.

Mark Wisdom

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Charlotte Wood is a writer based in London. Having recently decided to pursue writing, Charlotte set herself the challenge of getting rejected 50 times in a year. She is a best-selling author, after her friend published a book of her texts as poetry. 

 

Projects in 2020 included workshopping Laurence Boswell’s play Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and doing research for Olivier Award winner playwright Jessica Swale. 

 

Charlotte is interested in telling stories that cross genre and medium, and she especially enjoys creating work that has strong historical or fantasy-based elements.  She is currently working on several plays that explore sexuality, unlikeable female characters and feminism, and a time-travelling, mystery podcast series.

Charlotte Wood

Playwright

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Lewis Wood is a playwright and poet based in London, whose work focuses around mental health.  He has been writing since 2016 and has had work showcased across the UK and Germany.  

 

Highlights to date include a residency with Broken Silence Theatre, being part of the Royal Court Script Panel, work showcased at the Bread and Roses, Drayton Arms, Chapel Playhouse and Stanley Halls.

Lewis was recently commissioned to write a piece to be performed at the Southwark Playhouse, and is currently collaborating on a new piece with Fable Workshop, run by Frantic Assembly Practitioner Sean Hollands, as well as a mental health-focused piece working with Redefine Movement and The Dodger Sevens.

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