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“Beautifully written by Harper…a probing real-life drama that challenges our sensibilities but leaves us feeling warm inside”. (LondonTheatre1 on CAN YOU HEAR ME RUNNING?)

“segued together with skill and imagination…a moving and frequently hilarious experience…an invigorating take on conventional notions of theatre.” (London Metro on SEX 1:DEATH 2/Non-Fiction Theatre)

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Jo has an MA in playwriting (Distinction) from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her plays include The Beach House (shortlisted for Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, longlisted for Theatre 503 award) and Whalesong (longlisted for Top Five, Octagon Theatre, Bolton). Her play Can You Hear Me Running? (co-created with Louise Breckon-Richards) was produced at Pleasance Theatre, London in 2016 (“Engaging one-woman show combining energetic storytelling and rich visuals” The Stage).  She grew up in Kent and started her career as a professional figure skater in Dorothy Hamill’s Ice Capades Cinderella-Frozen In Time touring cities all over US and Canada, later she trained as an actor at Mountview Academy. She has worked in theatre and film and was part of Non-Fiction Theatre Company. Non-Fiction worked with the headphone verbatim technique developed from Mark Wing-Davey’s Drama Without Paper workshop at the Actor’s Centre in London; she co-created and performed in Non-Fictions’ plays including Sex 1:Death 2; (‘a ground-breaking piece of theatre’ – What’s On) at BAC, Soho and Edinburgh Festival, and We Haven’t Said A Porky Pie Yet (‘thought provoking and well realised comedy’- Fest) at Edinburgh Festival. Jo’s film credits as an actor include BURNT BERNARD  and  RUSSELL SQUARE (Blaine brothers). Jo lives in London and has two sons.

I’m a playwright and screenwriter, I’ve worked in theatre, film and TV and I’ve also workshopped and created plays using the headphone verbatim technique. My commissions include a play (monologue) for an actress inspired by her true story, Can You Hear Me Running? (Pleasance Theatre), a short play Sixty by Sixty Live (Stephen Joseph Theatre), a short VR film Utopia6 (Breaking Fourth) and a play for young people Whalesong (PGS). I have an MA in playwriting (distinction). I’m interested in compelling and surprising stories and especially developing scripts for female protagonists. I enjoy connecting with new creatives and working collaboratively. Please use the contact form to get in touch or find me on twitter @jjoharper. Thanks for visiting.