Introducing the writers behind COME TO WHERE I AM Series 6: Derby

COME TO WHERE I AM: Series 6: Dery is in partnership with Derby Theatre.

‘Derby Theatre…increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Derby Theatre is reimagining what a regional producing theatre can be. Through its unique relationship with the University of Derby, the theatre has placed learning, mentoring and artistic excellence as its heart, bringing together creative professionals with diverse audiences, to tell compelling stories.


Jane Upton

Jane Upton’s plays include FINDING NANA (Pleasance Edinburgh Festival, 2017 and UK tour 2018, directed by Katie Posner, New Perspectives), ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS  (Fifth Word, UK tour, Arcola Theatre autumn 2017), WATCHING THE LIVING – an adaptation of two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier (New Perspectives, UK tour), SWIMMING (Menagerie Theatre, Hotbed Festival, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), and BONES (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour). Jane is currently writing a new play for Nottingham Playhouse.

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS was nominated Best Play for the 2019 OFFIES and for the 2017 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards; it was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.  The play is published by Nick Hern Books. Jane attended Stephen Jeffreys’ Advances in Scriptwriting RADA, received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and was
shortlisted for CBBC New Voices Initiative.

Jane Wainwright

Jane is a writer for theatre, television and radio. Her newest radio play, THE LIFE CYCLE OF OSPREYS, debuted in May 2020 on BBC Radio 4. Her first radio play, WIDE OPEN SPACES (BBC Radio 4), was shortlisted for the Mind Media Awards and Imison Award. Other radio includes LOVETRAIN (Pilot for BBC Radio North).

Theatre includes JINNY (Derby Theatre), HOW I SKINNED MY SISTER, LEFTOVERS and CONCRETE SUPERNOVA (Soho Theatre, Rich Mix, Bush Theatre, and Milano Teen Writing Festival, Milan), BARROW HILL (published by Oberon Books), INWORLD (Finborough Theatre), PHOTOS OF YOU SLEEPING (Runner up for the Papatango Prize), A BITE OF THE APPLE (TBG Theatre, New York City), A GUIDE TO REMOVING CORPSE STAINS (Company of Angels at Theatre Royal York), PINOCCHIO GETS LAID OR THE TASTE OF US (HighTide Festival) and PET’S CORNER (Miniaturists at the Arcola Theatre). 

A member of the Channel 4 Screenwriting course, she is currently developing a new television series with CBBC, and currently writes for the award-winning HOLLYOAKS (Channel Four).

John Booker

John Booker is an actor and writer trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. John is currently developing his play’s OLD COKE and WHISKY, EGGS & LEMONADE. As an actor, John performed in WONDERLAND at Nottingham Playhouse directed by Adam Penford and featured in the film THE TIDE directed by Harjinder Grewal.

Simon Marshall

Simon Marshall is a Derbyshire-based playwright, poet, facilitator and producer. His writing focusses on rural communities, LGBTQ individuals & his work with care-experienced people. He is a New Associate of New Perspectives and regularly works in participation for Déda and Derby Theatre.

He is developing his play BONFIRE, on the rural queer experience online, with support from ACE & In Good Company. He is currently writing a new play KILLBURN (NOT LONDON) on the relationships of young people in care. 

Recent work includes ISLAND NATION at the Space, London with Little Pieces of Gold, and SPECIMEN for Theatre503.

COME TO WHERE I AM Series 6: Derby will be available on our YouTube channel from Wednesday 24 June

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