While studying for an MPhil in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham I submitted a trial script to The Archers. Two months later I was offered a place on the team, making me the youngest writer to ever work on the show. I may not be the youngest anymore, but in my time on the show I've written over four hundred episodes, including devising and co-writing four series of the digital spin-off Ambridge Extra. I was lead writer on the Helen and Rob storyline described by The Independent as 'bold, bloody and utterly brilliant' and The Telegraph as 'glittering with dramatic tension'. It led to an ARIA for Radio Moment of the Year, the Outstanding Contribution Award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards and a nomination for Best Series. In 2019 an episode I wrote won a Mind Media Award for it's portrayal of Elizabeth Pargetter struggling with depression.
But I don't only write for The Archers. I've also written for Doctors, EastEnders and, most recently, Casualty. Between 2003 and 2010 I worked extensively with Net Curtains Theatre Company, eventually become co-artistic director. My plays for the company have been performed in venues including the Soho Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, the New Wolsey Studio and Margate's Theatre Royal. Since 2014 I've been a member of BoldTEXT Playwrights, a collective of West Midlands based writers looking to create new platforms for our work and have been developing a series of rehearsed readings in collaboration with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. With BOLDtext I have also co-written site-specific pieces for West Midlands Police Musuem (which I directed) and Birmingham Weekender.
I am currently Deputy Chair of the Writers' Guild.
Three Wheel on the Wagon (extract) - Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The Nutter's House (short play) - Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-Up (site-specific play) - West Midlands Police Museum
Follow Me (site-specific monologue) - Birmingham Weekender
Radio, Television, Theatre
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