I’m a London based playwright, performer, director and producer. My work mostly explores LGBTQ themes, and I produce or co-produce all of my own work. My plays, performed in theatres and a variety of alternative performance spaces, include my debut ‘Slap’ (Theatre Royal Stratford East / pop up performances for Channel 4 / ‘Concrete', Shoreditch), ‘Safe’ (Soho Theatre / London Theatre Workshop / Norwich Theatre Royal / Reading Rep), ‘Sex/Crime’ (Soho Theatre / The Glory) and ‘Riot Act’ (Duchess Theatre, West End / Arcola Theatre / Kings Head / touring).

 

Additional writing includes ‘Bright Skin Light’ (Theatre Royal Stratford East, workshop), short pieces; ‘And Where There Once Were Two’ (Arcola Theatre / The Bunker) directed by Lynette Linton, ‘Freak’ (Bush Theatre) and ‘Orlando, Judy Garland and the Fierce Children of the Light - In Response to the Orlando Attack’ (St James Theatre, Studio).

 

Over 2020 and ’21, my projects have included writing my new play ‘Modern Sky’, and I received Arts Council England funding to research, write and workshop a second new play ‘Instrumental’ (Hackney Empire / online) and ACE funding to direct a digital version of ‘Safe’, in partnership with Hackney Empire, for early 2021 release. I also directed and co-produced the digital version of Alistair Hall’s solo theatre piece ‘Declan’ (The Actors Centre), flagged up by The Guardian as one of their top online lockdown picks, and directed a series of online monologues for Jonny Woo’s new theatre project ‘Silvertown’, funded by Join The Docks.

 

Over this period, as well as offering mentorship and dramaturgy to some of the new writing I have been involved in, I’ve been mentoring others in the industry; including emerging theatre-makers, actors, playwrights and other self-producing artists. I’ve also been able to offer shadowing and assisting roles on my projects to emerging theatre-makers.

 

I’m currently developing a number of other theatre and online projects.

 

My work has been funded multiple times by Arts Council England, and my plays ‘Riot Act’ (two editions), ‘Sex/Crime’ and ‘Safe’ are published by Bloomsbury Publishing. ‘Slap’, long-listed for the 2016 Polari Book Prize, is published by Team Angelica. For two years, I also judged the Polari First Book Prize, awarded to a writer whose debut work explores the LGBT experience.

 

As an actor, I’ve worked in film, TV and on stage since my teens.

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