Laura Shoebottom - Writer of "Post, Tweet, Like, Repeat"
Laura is a writer, producer and joint AD of Thematic Theatre, a new writing company specialising in writing for a brief. Her first full length play ‘Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ‘S’ on Her Vest’ ran at The Bread and Roses Theatre in July and raised over £130 for Mind. Some of her other work includes ‘Nine Circles’ at The Old Red Lion, and ‘That Blue Dress’ at Theatre 503. Laura is also a keen dancer, and particularly loves the Jive, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha.
Rachael Carnes - Writer of "Egg In Spoon"
As a mom, mostly Rachael drives people places and makes sure that they have granola bars. Professionally, Rachael serves as the Director of Arts & Culture for an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, organizing accessible visual and performing arts classes, workshops, exhibitions and performances for her community.
She has spent 20+ years investing in arts integration, through her work in educational arts nonprofits. A long time freelance journalist, Rachael is a contributing writer to magazines and newspapers across the country. She keeps busy! Rachael discovered playwriting in 2016, and had her first professional production last year. Her play "Fumblewinter" was among those selected for the 2018 William Inge Festival New Play Lab Series. Her play "Partner Of -" was recently selected as a “top tier pick” for presentation at the
2018 Midwest Dramatists Center Conference. This play will be published by the Coachella Review. Her play "Fairview" is a 2018-19 Bechdel Group finalist. With a collaborative spirit, Rachael recently brought together 20 playwrights from across the country, creating end editing PLAYWRIGHTS SAY NEVER AGAIN TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, a full-length work comprised of short plays, available royalty-free, that has had staged readings in theatres across the United States. She thanks her family for supporting her writing.
Tom Pauk - Writer of "Let Us Make The Flames of the Revolution Rage Furiously"
Of Hungarian descent, Tom is a playwright, graphic novelist and charities advisor, trustee and mentor, working principally in the areas of dementia care, criminal justice and suicide prevention.
Tom’s radio play “The Accident” was performed at the INK Festival, Suffolk in April 2018. He is currently involved in a number of writing and performance projects, including “Ethel”, a graphic novel (with a dementia theme) on the back of a short film with the same name starring Miriam Margolyes and Professor Green; “The Rehearsal”, a stage play; and “DASH”, an audioplay based on Tom’s experiences as an “official prison visitor” and mentor in young offenders institutions.
In 2017, Tom was commissioned by dementia charity the BAT Bounce Alzheimer’s Therapy Foundation to write a graphic novel, screenplay and stage play under the umbrella “Ten Past Eleven”. Working with graphic artist Alex Moore, the graphic novel is nearing completion.
Tom is a script assessor for Manchester ADP’s “Scripts Aloud” series.
In 2017 Tom contributed a chapter to “Life Beyond Crime”, a new compendium of writing on criminal justice published by Lemos & Crane.
Will Adolphy - Writer of "A Grotty Toilet"
Will is an actor-writer and Joint Artistic Director of Flux Theatre (www.fluxtheatre.com). Flux are a new writing company that champion emerging writers through their 'EMERGE' initiative (The Bunker Theatre).
Writing Credits include: 'Dinosaur Dreams' (Etcetera Theatre), 'The Narcissist' (Hen and Chickens). Amongst the theatre world, Will has a passion for running, meditation and raising awareness for Mental Health.
Will's drink of choice is a Jack Daniels with Honey (on the rocks) - he doesn't care what the haters say, he likes his whiskey sweet.
Julian Felice - Writer of "Happy Birthday"
Julian Felice is a playwright from the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. His plays Mary Jane of Whitechapel, Challenger: To Touch the Face of God and The Amazing Angel-Man have all been published by US-based Eldridge Plays and have been performed at various locations across the United States. A collection entitled Three Gibraltar Plays has also been published in Gibraltar. Julian has won Best Original Play at the Gibraltar Drama Festival on four occasions and he was recently presented with a Commemorative Coin ‘For Excellence’ by the Governor of Gibraltar in recognition of his achievements as Gibraltar’s first ever internationally published playwright.
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Steven Lancefield - Writer of "Good Morning Mr Kenley"
Steven has written several short and longer plays which have been performed at fringe theatre venues across the UK and abroad. His previous writing includes the short play "One Touch", which has been performed in Bradford, Brighton and Milton Keynes in the UK in 2017 and 2018, and also at the Santa Monica Theatre in California. His full length play "Justice Towers" was performed at the Brook Theatre in Kent in 2012, and was published by Roister Doister in 2015. Steven also writes and directs short films, including the short chiller "Bohemian Spirit", which won "Best Screen Story" and "Audience Favourite" awards at the 2016 Zed Fest Film Festival in North Hollywood.
Twitter : @stevenlancefiel
Jim Lucason - Writer of "A Thorn"
Jim Lucason's play "The Prisoner" had its World Premier at the O'Casey Theatre in Dublin on May 17th 2017. His award winning play "After Hours" ran at The Elite Theatre in Oxnard, California from 20 January through 12 February last year. "The Rapparees", which won the Eamon Keane Playwriting Award as part of the Listowel Writers' Week, became a part of the New Writers' Program at The New Theatre Dublin last year. It just completed a very successful run last August into September at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Jim's plays have won awards and productions in the past from theatres in Nevada (The ATHE Convention), Nebraska (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Wisconsin, Colorado, New York City, Ireland, Mississippi, New York State, Great Britain, Kentucky, Illinois, and California. Also moving toward a 2019 production is "The Last Rightboy" as well as "Dancing With The Devil", (in Chicago) which was the award winner at The Gloria Maddox Theatre in NYC and a part of their developmental process last year.
Luke Stapleton - Writer of "Scab"
Luke is a writer from The Wirral whose short plays include "Duck Eggs" (Mad Apple Collective, 2016), "Badger" (Culture Clash Theatre, 2018), "Control" (Redgates Theatre, 2018) and "Retina"s (Little Pieces of Gold, 2018) and his first full-length play, "Mycorrhiza", was selected as part of ScriptSpace 2018 at The Space, London. He graduated in MA Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University as a BAFTA scholar, which isn’t really relevant but sounds impressive, and for his sins now lives in London, scrounging a living working in TV development.
David Hendon - Writer of "Chekhovian"
Earlier this year David was nominated for an Off West End 'OFFIE' award for Best New Play for writing "Banana Crabtree Simon", about a man with early on-set dementia. He was a finalist in the Kenneth Branagh new writing award in 2016 for "Eyes to the Wind" and in 2017 for "Home Time". His short play "Red or Blue?" was runner-up in the 2017 British Theatre Challenge. In the last year he has had work staged at Southwark Playhouse, the Arcola and the Bunker Theatre.
Steven Korbar - Writer of "Old Aquatics"
Steven’s full length and one act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, “Table for Four”, “Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now” and “What are You Going to Be?” have all been published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Short Plays” series. Other productions include “Hard” at Elephant Stageworks in LA, “Mrs. Jansen...” at The Barrow Group Theatre in NYC, “Yellow” at Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, “Mother and Child” at the Fury Theatre, Chicago and “The Disappearance of Small Objects” at the Odyssey Theatre in LA.
Joe Starzyk - Writer of "What's A Little Axe Between Friends?"
Joe Starzyk has been writing plays for over 30 years. Since studying playwriting in Oxford, England, he took a 27 year break,and in the last 10 yea rs has written numerous plays. His works have been performed at theaters all around the country, in Europe, Australia, India and in Mexico. His play, “Wedding Secrets”, was named the winner of the McLaren Memorial Playwriting Competition in Midland Texas, as well as the winner of a Perry Award and 4 STAR awards. “A Grand Night For Murder” was one of 3 winners at NKU’s Yes Festival in 2015 and his play "Bless Me Father" was one of the winners of the 2015 British Theatre Challenge. Joe’s play "Whistler and His Mother" was named winner of the Theatre Oxford International 10 minute Play Contest.
Pete Barrett - Writer of "Lord and Master"
Pete has been writing serious and comic plays for over forty years. He has had numerous professional and amateur productions including a full length production at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. He also writes children's fiction, with two books published in the Tich series with three more in the pipeline. He has 36 short stories commissioned by the Interact Reading Service which sends actors into hospitals to read to stroke patients. He has published these on Kindle as "Out Loud Out Loud: 36 Twisted Tales". Also on Kindle is "Deadpan: 7 Funny One Act Plays".
Most of his plays can be seen on www.petebarrett.co.uk
John Hill - Writer of "My Home, My Castle"
John was short-listed for a Channel 4 Comedy Drama Award, twice long-listed for the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award, and his Edinburgh and Camden Fringe debuts received several four and five-star reviews. I have IMDB credits for a TV sitcom series called Marshal’s Law, and my plays have featured in numerous theatre festivals and competitions.
David K. Barnes (Writer of "So, What Did You Think of the Play?")
David’s stage comedies include "Birthday Suit", which was Offie-nominated for Best New Play, and "Timothy", which have both received productions internationally. His audio credits include "Doctor Who" (Big Finish), "Outliers" (Historic Royal Palaces) and the award winning "The Discovery Adventures" (Cecilia FM). He created the critically acclaimed podcast sitcom "Wooden Overcoats", nominated at the British Podcast Awards and the Prix Europa.
Tony Deegan - Writer of "Blind Date"
Tony Deegan is a Writer/Director of Radio and Stage Plays. He has adapted many of his broadcast Plays for the stage. The Stage Plays, which he also directs, have won awards at Drama Festivals around the country. He also writes and directs for a number of local drama groups.
Lloyd Evans - Writer of "One Last Job"
Lloyd Evans, writer of 'One Last Job,' is a reviewer and parliamentary sketch-writer. In preparation: ‘Cherie – My Struggle’, a dramatised biography of Cherie Blair, for Edinburgh 2019.