Personal Profile

Dedicated, passionate writer for the stage, screen, and comics, with a focus on meticulously researched historical drama and challenging LGBT work.

Relevant Skills

Good knowledge of the contemporary theatre scene. I purposely seek out new shows by emerging companies or established theatres to keep up to date with theatrical developments. When I am unable to attend a promising show, I will endeavour to purchase the script. I attend the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes in order to experience new shows before they come to London, as well.


Good knowledge of film and television. As above, I seek out film festivals to catch new movies early or and to find indie projects and exciting shorts. I make a concerted effort to watch films and television series of all kinds, even ones I know to be poorly made, as I believe I can learn from the greats and from other people’s mistakes.


Historical research skills. My BA degree is in History. I was trained to do academic research and my attention to detail means that I will go to great lengths to fully understand the context of a particular time or event. My fastidious research not only means my historical scripts are accurate and immersive, it also means that I am able to present unexpected angles and facts that challenge popular perceptions of particular time periods.


Understanding of the commissioning process. I have written work on commission for governmental bodies and found it to be a very satisfying experience, as I was able to fulfil their requirements while injecting my own flavour into the finished product.

Education

Oct 2016 – Sept 2018 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama MFA

  • Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media (Distinction)


Oct 2011 – July 2016 University of Leicester

  • BA History 2:1

Selected Reviews

"The whole show feels akin to a string on a violin continually being wound by the tuning peg until it snaps (...) It’s a pace that is rarely done so well in writing, and if Alfred Hitchcock were still alive he’d undoubtedly be all over this." – GrumpyGayCritic on Sweetmeat, August 2017

Awards

2009 Winner of the Belgian Swarado teenage comics artists competition

Commissions

A full length play about Sir Edwin Lutyens and Leicester’s parks for the Leicester City Council, 2016 (The Finest Ruin)

Full-Length Play Productions

2017   The Finest Ruin

2017   Sweetmeat

2017   Sweetmeat

2017   Sweetmeat

2017   Sweetmeat

2017   The Finest Ruin

2016   The Finest Ruin

Arch of Remembrance, Leicester

Edinburgh Fringe

The Bunker, London

Theatre503, London

Brighton Fringe

Y Theatre, Leicester

Y Theatre, Leicester

dir. Edward Spence

dir. Sabrina Giles

dir. Sabrina Giles

dir. Sabrina Giles

dir. Sabrina Giles

dir. Edward Spence

dir. Edward Spence

Short Play Productions

2019   The Department of

           Interpersonal Relations

2018   Grito

2018   The Year of the Tiger

2017   Grito

2016   You Don't Know Him

2015   Dante's Limbo

2015   Dante's Limbo

Pleasance Theatre, London

 

Arcola Theatre, London

14/48 Festival, Leicester

RCSSD New Studio, London

RCSSD New Studio, London

Bread and Roses Theatre, London

Y Theatre, Leicester

dir. Elizabeth Benbow

dir. Ourania Samartzi

dir. Richard Gunston

dir. Ivo de Jager

dir. Ivo de Jager

dir. Michelle Gutteridge

dir. Michelle Gutteridge

Interviews

Enter, Stage Left: Ivo de Jager”, etym (9 May 2017)