writing

Jo writes for stage and screen, her credits include –

SONIA. Feature Film. Quarter finalist in Female Voices Rock Screenplay competition 2021. In development. LOG LINE A promising figure skater meets a sketchy ice hockey player who interrupts her training and triggers her onto a journey of self discovery.

DAUGHTER Short film. 2021. AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM 2021. CineFem

 Festival Internacional de Cine de la mujer, Uruguay 2021. Also sh

ortlisted for BFI Network short film fund, workshopped and table read at Film London, September 2018. Directed by Athena Mandis. When adoptee Amee turns up at her birth mum’s house and finds her sister, teenage mum Belle, she comes face to face with what it means to belongDaughter explores notions of family, belonging and the expectations of motherhood.

AMEE.  You were eighteen…

Miriam shakes her head.

AMEE.  She said…

Miriam throws her a sharp look.

AMEE.  My mum told me.

Miriam’s voice cracks as she holds back the tears.

MIRIAM.  I was fifteen.

24 HOURS OF PEACE – Script assistant to Neil Bartlett on 24 Hours of Peace an epic 24 hour show created from 100 interviews of peace workers –  broadcast live on radio (Resonance FM) and continuously performed on stage at Manchester Royal Exchange for 24 hours (November 10-11 2019). Listen to the show on catch up at Resonance FM here.

TOUCHING. Portsmouth Guildhall Studio. A series of monologues and scenes developed and co-written with James Robinson for Portsmouth Festivities 2019; an opportunity to investigate the changing nature of behaviour between men and woman and the impact of different kinds of touching in the present day.

OVER THE BRIDGE.  Commissioned to write the book for a new, all female musical about the incredible women who built Waterloo Bridge in the 1940’s, exploring themes of female friendship and sacrifice and exploring unheard voices; first reading in London, July 2018, project in development.

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Over The Bridge, first reading, 2018.

UTOPIA 6  Short VR Film for Breaking Fourth Virtual Reality Studios. “a worthy entry in the immersive entertainment industry” UploadVR.com. Utopia 6 premiered at Futureplay Festival, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe 3-26 August 2017. Now available to watch on Samsung VR, Oculus and Youtube360.

CAN YOU HEAR ME RUNNING? Pleasance Theatre, London Oct 4-23 2016. Jaw Rattle Productions. Co-created  with Louise Breckon-Richards, supported by Arts Council England.  Research and development, summer 2015 also  supported by Arts Council and performances in September 2015 at Pleasance theatre, London and Park theatre, London. First performed at Tamasha Scratch night, Rich Mix (Regional voices) in June 2014

THE BEACH HOUSE. Stephen Joseph Theatre, Summer Festival August 2016, rehearsed reading. Also performed at The Steyning Festival, shortlisted for Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize, “a great stylised piece…a sophisticated well-structured play” Liverpool Hope Playwriting Judge, longlisted for Theatre 503 Award.

SIXTY BY SIXTY LIVE. Stephen Joseph Theatre, ScarboroughPopcorn, a 60 sec audio play performed as part of Sixty By Sixty Live to celebrate sixty years of new writing at SJT. Also recorded and broadcast on-line.

WHALESONG. The David Russell Theatre 20-22nd May 2015. Longlisted for the Top Five, Octagon theatre, Bolton. A play for young people developed in collaboration with The Portsmouth Grammar School and and performed by the Middle School, directed by James Fenimore Robinson.

MA Playwriting. Royal Holloway (University of London) 2011-2013. Pass with Distinction.

WE HAVEN’T SAID A PORKY PIE YET. Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh and Tristan Bates Theatre, BAC. ‘thought provoking and well realised comedy’- Fest.  Co-creator and performer for Non-Fiction Theatre (using the headphone verbatim technique).

SEX 1:DEATH 2  Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh and London, Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, BAC. “a moving and frequently hilarious experience…an invigorating take on conventional notions of theatre.” Metro, London.   Co-creator and performer for Non-Fiction theatre (using the headphone verbatim technique).

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London Metro, 2002.