Specialism: writing for the storytelling industry - including playwriting, screenwriting, writing for radio, dramaturgy.
I am a writer, theatre director and dramaturg, as well as an academic.
My stage plays include Having it All, Wenches, Out in the Garden, Tarnished Angel and Elephants. My Radio 4 plays include Angel of New Street, Square Circle Triangle (which was nominated for the Richard Imison Award), Tarnished Wings (my own adaptation of my stage play), 21 Conversations with a Hairdresser, 15 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Jesus, The Devil and a Kid Called Death. I have written several episodes of the BBC1 serial Doctors. I also work in community theatre and TIE. I adapted and co-directed The Harrowing of Hell, for Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre’s performance in The Lichfield Mysteries.
I worked in the West End as dramaturg on Judy, which transferred from Southwark Playhouse to The Arts Theatre in 2017. My musical play Fanny a New Musichall won Best Production at Birmingham Fest 2016, and has been touring this year with more tour dates planned for 2018. My latest musical (book and lyrics), Wolfie and the Showgirl, won Best New Work at Birmingham Fest 2017. My most recent play, Letters to Emma, premiered at Lichfield Garrick Theatre last year:
I am currently working on two commissions: Edifying Eddy is a stage play which will premiere at St Mary's Space, Lichfield, in October 2019; Wayward Girls is a musical scheduled for 2020 for which I am writing the book and lyrics.
I have been a part-time lecturer at Loughborough since 2003 and joined the permanent staff in 2006. I also gained my PhD at Loughborough. Before this I lectured at Birmingham University and I was the Writer in Residence at University of the West of England. I was also an acting tutor at Birmingham School of Acting. My research interests include the history of radio drama and in particular women who wrote for early radio, I also research dramaturgy and the practice and pedagogy of radio writing, playwriting and screenwriting.
I am Artistic Advisor to Lichfield Garrick Board.
I often do guest lectures for other universities, most recently a talk on the Lichfield Mysteries for English undergraduates at Nottingham University.
I am the Dramaturg for London Theatre Workshop.
I am a member of the Writers Guild.
My practice as research currently involves writing for radio, TV and theatre. My other research includes two journal articles on female radio pioneers. One is on Hilda Matheson and the other on Mabel Constanduros. And I am writing a book on women radio practitioners. I would welcome doctoral research projects on radio drama practice and theory or creative writing for film, TV, radio or the stage, including comedy. I would also be delighted to supervise work on dramaturgy, along with contemporary radio, theatre and TV practice.
I teach on the MA in Creative Writing and the undergraduate modules Playwriting and Dramaturgy and Theatre Practice. I also work with students on Dissertation and Performance Project.