I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Tunbridge Wells and read English and Drama at Manchester University. After graduating, I worked with Uzz Muziek Teater in Holland for two years then moved to London, where I wrote, performed in and directed new writing for the Fringe and classical pieces for theatre in education, interspersed with performing one woman Shakespeare on the New Variety circuit.
My fascination with screenplay began when I was translating French and Spanish films for the BFI and led to an MA in screenwriting (Northern School of Film and Television). My graduation film "Pressing Engagement" and "The Unicyclist" (1995, 25 mins, Channel 4) are both adapted from my short stories. I have a PhD in adaptation from Nottingham Trent University, where I taught Creative Writing for 14 years. I directed, "Short, White Pleated" (2002 10 mins) from my original script about the empowerment of cross dressing to play squash. It was completed with a grant from South East Arts and enjoyed long popularity at international LGBTQ film festivals.
Before lockdown, I was performing at historic house, libraries and museums, my self written, and directed solo show, "Lady in a Veil" about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This was accidently prescient as this extraordinary woman introduced smallpox inoculation from Turkey to Britain in 1720 ( 70 years pre vaccination). There are still a couple of bookings that she might get out to in her red dress!
The Handbag Show (dir. Cindy Oswin, self performed solo show premiered at Edinburgh Festival, 1984).
Doctors and Nurses 1 and 2 (Oval House Theatre, 1987-9)
Pressing Engagement (dir. John Weinbrenn, Look North 1991)
Heroines ( dir. Richard Shannon, LBC Radio, 1993)
The Unicyclist (dir. Mary Soan, In the Picture Productions, 1995)
Short White Pleated (dir. Georgina Lock, Handstand Films, 2002.)
The Pick Up ( dir. Georgina Lock, Handstand Films, 2006)
Daddy's Bed (Nottingham Triliteral Festival, 2010)
Birthday Present (Nottingham Festival of Words 2014)
Lady in a Veil ( historic houses, museums and libraries, 2019-20)
Visiting Mr Smart ( INK theatre, Radio Suffolk , 2020)
Film, Radio, Short story, Theatre
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