Introducing the writers behind Series 3: Sheffield, presented by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres, which will be available to watch on our YouTube Channel from 7pm on Wednesday 3 June:
Chris Bush is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and theatre maker, and Artistic Associate at Sheffield Theatres. Past work includes FAUSTUS: THAT DAMNED WOMAN (Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith/Birmingham Rep), THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd), PERICLES (National Theatre: Olivier), THE CHANGING ROOM (NT Connections), and STEEL (Sheffield Theatres). Her hit musical STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE returns to the Crucible this Christmas before transferring to the Olivier in 2021.
Ella is a writer and artist with a background in contemporary performance and verbatim theatre. Ella has recently completed her MA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield, she is a previous resident artist with Theatre Delicatessen, and she is currently part of Sheffield Theatre’s Bank cohort of supported artists.
John is currently one of six writers on a year-long development program with Sheffield Theatres’ artist support scheme. His writing background is primarily in theatre, most often working with Slung Low Theatre Company with work performed at the Crucible Studio, The Lowry, Barbican and Singapore Arts Festival. He has also developed narratives for browser games and other digital amusements and, by day, works as a scriptreader for a number of TV and Film production companies.
Kat started as an actor working for Northern Broadsides, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hull Truck, York Theatre Royal. Born and based in Bradford Kat works on a slate of projects and ideas across film, theatre and television. She made it to the final 4% of 2019 BBC Writers Room for Drama and the Top 10 in BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama. Her show THE CROSSLEYS is in development with Rockerdale Studios. Kat is the writer in Residence at Sneaky Experience (experiential theatre & cinema). Out of Joint workshopped her play £1 Thursdays. The Bronte Society commissioned her co-written play JANE HAIR. She is currently working on a commissioned audio series with Audible as well as MyDG, online content with BBC Children’s. Kat was commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe to write and perform her monologue APHRA BEHN and her play Pick and Mix is in development with Freedom studios. Kat is currently on The Bank at Sheffield Theatres, a 14-strong cohort of writers, directors and producers who are supported and mentored by the theatres. In 2020, Kat was announced as the inaugural winner of the Kay Mellor Fellowship, giving her the unique opportunity to develop a stage play at Leeds Playhouse and a TV project at Rollem Productions. She is also currently on the BBC Writersroom Northern Voices, a year-long development programme with the BBC.
Laura is a writer, actor and theatre-maker based in Sheffield. Since graduating from actor-training in 2010, she has worked extensively on new writing and devised productions. Laura wrote and produced two full-length plays, HIDDEN (2013) and PARALLEL (2016), which toured nationally to studio theatres. She was selected for the inaugural cohort of Sheffield Theatres’ Artist Development Scheme – The Bank – and is currently developing her third play, entitled JUST. As an avid fan of Paines Plough’s work, she is thrilled to be working on this commission alongside the company.
Tim is a writer, performer, and director from Sheffield. His writing often explores mental illness and trauma, using a funny and intimate approach to make it safe for the audience.His work includes Arts Council England-supported APOCALYPSE OF THE MIND (DINA Venue 2017) and NOT YOUR KIND OF TRAUMA (UnShut Festival 2019). He’s currently working on IT’S OK TO BE NAKED (Festival of the Mind 2020). He’s been supported and mentored by Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, Third Angel, and Forced Entertainment, and is part of the writer’s strand of Sheffield Theatres’ supported artist scheme, the Bank.
Todd is a Sheffield-born actor & writer, who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has worked at theatres including Bristol Old Vic, Cheltenham Everyman, Hull Truck, the Finborough, Eastern Angles and the Polka, and has worked as a voice actor for the BBC, in a Doctor Who episode with Big Finish, and in commercials for Twitter UK and Anthony Nolan. His first play was long listed for the Papatango Prize 2018, and he is currently a supported writer on The Bank at Sheffield Theatres, a 14-strong cohort of writers, directors and producers.