My Work

Performance - Commissions - Professional Development

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Prepared for action in the 2017 Ruby Redfort rehearsal room

I'm interested in stories that make the audience feel bold, smart, and ready for whatever's next. I've written original work and adaptations for the stage and I'm now writing my first TV commission.

I'm currently developing several projects including:

- A Children's TV show with Lime Pictures (Emmy Award winners for Free Rein), co-written with BAFTA-nominated writer Julia Kent

- A historical adventure play about 17th-century French rogue Julie D'Aubigny, developed with the support of Emma Rice's Wise Children and the North Wall Theatre in Oxford

- A YA novel about teen rock bands and 90's adventure movies

PERFORMANCE

Girl Scouts vs Aliens (2019 Edinburgh Fringe)

Girl Scouts vs Aliens is a low-fi sci-fi comedy adventure for the whole galaxy to enjoy! Four best friends are on their last ever camp when an alien spaceship lands in the next field. With only camping kit, scouting skills and toasted marshmallows, can the girls save the world and keep the gang together?

The show enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, with four- to five-star reviews, spots on multiple 'best of the Fringe' lists and an award nomination from BroadwayWorld. A national and international tour will commence in the future.

REVIEWS FOR THE ALIENS:

***** “wonderfully innocent, nostalgic yet absolutely kick-ass” – Broadway Baby

**** "accomplished ... hugely enjoyable” – British Theatre Guide


**** “wonderfully uplifting” – One4Review


**** “enchantingly charming” – EdFringeReview

**** "Extremely well written, funny and factual" - EdFestReviewer

Featured in:

BroadwayWorld - Best Family Production of the Fringe (2nd Place)

Whatsonstage - Top Family Shows to See this Fringe

FestMag - Kids' Picks of the Fringe

Deadline - Top Shows for Under-10s (7+ Category)

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke (2016 Edinburgh Fringe and National Tour)

Philip Pullman's bestselling Victorian mystery  was my professional writing and directing debut, with permission kindly granted by Pullman himself. The show toured to Oxford, London, Brighton and Edinburgh with audience and critical acclaim.

Reviews for the Ruby in the Smoke:

***** "captivating ... one of the most enjoyable hours I've spent at [the Edinburgh Fringe] festival" – ThreeWeeks

Must See Show “ingenious yet simple ... with twists and turns, moments of gripping suspense, and doses of dark humour” – FringeReview

**** "an excellent piece of storytelling" - Broadway Baby

**** “skilfully staged … an accomplished production” – British Theatre Guide

**** “visionary direction” – EdFringeReview

Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort (2017 Edinburgh Fringe, 2018-19 Tour)

Lauren Child's spy series Ruby Redfort is a thrilling mystery set in '70s California starring codebreaking pre-teen Ruby Redfort and a horde of fantastic gadgets, high-stakes peril and vicious villains. My adaptation debuted at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe in a sell-out run before touring for two years to book festivals and theatres.

Reviews for Ruby Redfort:

Top 50 Shows to Book this Fringe - The Times

"Mysterious, clever, gripping, action-packed, witty" - FestMag, Young Reviewers

RECOMMENDED SHOW "appeals to anyone who's ever read the books, or a great way to introduce them to the work of this much-loved children's author" - FringeReview

**** "Amazing! Anyone who wants to be a detective should see it" - DarkChat

"Thoroughly enjoyable with an excellent cast" - Number9Reviews

Masha and the Firebird by Margaret Bateson-Hill (2017 Theatre Deli, future development at Theatr Clwyd)

 

Deep in the forests, Masha meets the magical Firebird, guardian of the eggs of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire.

 

The Firebird asks Masha to use her astonishing painting skills to hide the eggs from the vicious witch, Baba Yaga, taking Masha on a breathtaking battle to defend the elements themselves.

I was commissioned to adapt Margaret Bateson-Hill's picture book for Sleepless Theatre Company, in a production designed to be wholly accessible for all audiences. The show was selected for an R&D at Theatre Deli in London and then invited to Theatr Clwyd for further development before the pandemic.

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Girl Scouts/Guides vs Aliens (2019) Designed by Laura Wingrove

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The Ruby in the Smoke (2016). Designed by Katrin Padel

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Ruby Redfort (2017-19). Designed by Rebecca Pitt

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The original Firebird puppet exploring Finsbury Square between rehearsals at Theatre Deli

COMMISSIONS

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The wonderful Charlotte Dowding and Georgina Rose Hanson in Girl Scouts vs Aliens. Those aliens are in for s'more than they bargained for

Photo by Eleonora Briscoe

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Front Row (ready to punch): Laura Jeffries and Georgina Rose Hanson

Back Row (ready to run): Charlotte Dowding and Laura Wingrove

Photo by Eleonora Briscoe

Lime Pictures: Untitled Children's Show

  • After the success of 'Girl Scouts vs Aliens' I was invited to create a new children's TV series for Lime Pictures (Emmy Award-winners for Free ReinHollyoaks). I'm currently co-writing the pilot with BAFTA-nominated writer Julia Kent.

British Library: Girl Guides in History

  • A co-written article on the history of Girl Guiding to complement the ongoing exhibit 'Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights'.

Alchymy Festival, the North Wall: 'First Contact'

  • Audio monologue about alien contact, biscuits and finding a home, performed by Alice Vilanculo as part of the 2021 Alchymy Festival. Have a listen here.

 

Artemix: Artists' Chain Project - The Unsettled

  • A short story written as part of the Chain Project, which will be available to view soon.


'Write the Girl' Initiative at Lady Eleanor Holles

  • Participated in a pilot programme for creating shows for all-girls schools to perform

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Emma Rice's Wise Children: Writing for Live Performance (2021)

 

  • Mentored by Joel Horwood and Yolanda Mercy, culminating in a Zoom reading

 


Catalyst Artists' Residency at the North Wall (2021)

 

  • Mentored by Tom Brennan, culminating in a shared reading

 


BAFTA/BFI Crew for Emerging Artists (2020-21)

 

  • Masterclasses and writing opportunities to support my work with Lime Pictures, including co-writing the short film A Perfect Ward for the 2021 Berlin Short Film Festival

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The Ruby in the Smoke
 
Photo courtesy of Jacqui James
Lighting design by Katrin Padel
Set design by Abby Clarke
Movement Direction by Luke Rollason
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Ruby Redfort (Madeleine Saidenberg) plots her escape

Lighting Design: Katrin Padel
Set Design: Haf Sciacca-Bromwell