WRITING PROJECTS 2019-2021
As the resident writer of Close Encounters Theatre Company in Zurich, I have developed several major projects. The most recent theatre production was Love, Loss and Empty Places, a verbatim piece dramatising actors’ personal stories. It was performed live in December 2020 in Zurich.
Close Encounters first commissioned me in May 2020 to write eight scenes for online production. I titled these Extraordinary Tales of the Locked Down World. The stories were thematically linked to the pandemic and explored love, isolation, mental health, the not too distant future. They were performed virtually in June 2020 to an international audience with great success. Close Encounters then commissioned me to write Extraordinary Tales Part Two, which was live-streamed in March 2020. Creating work in this hybrid of theatre and film has been exciting for me as an artist.
In development with Close Encounters are the following: Seven Sins and The Darker Side of Grimm, Two plays to be performed in May 2021, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol for production in winter 2021 and The Three, a short science fiction film for children, filming commences in March 2022.
As a dramaturg I am assisting a writer in the development of her one woman show about cancer survival. This will be performed in August 2021.
Slackline Productions selected one of my short scenes Stranger in the Mirror and produced it professionally for their YouTube channel in July 2020. It highlights the effect that the pandemic has had on mental health and access to treatment.
Selected as one of 13 student playwrights to be part of ACT 11, I devised a short play A Small Trifle which explores polyamory and sexual identity. This was developed and performed virtually as part of the ACT 11 festival 2020. It was nominated by ACT 11 for the 2020 Off Westend OnComm awards. It also features on the Scenesaver website.
I was commissioned to write a poem The Giant of Dover for Fort Burgoyne a place making project for a Dover regeneration concept in November 2019.