Jo writes for stage and screen, her credits include –
THE BEACH HOUSE World Premiere at Park Theatre, London Feb – Mar 2023. Produced by Kate Productions and Lucas.A.Ferrara in association with Park theatre.
“Exquisitely crafted production” Broadway World Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Compelling” Salterton Arts Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “So worth it” London Pub Theatres Review⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Beautifully created characters” The Reviews Hub ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A delicate, moving play” All That Dazzles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“Gentle but tumultuous” A Youngish Perspective ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE DEADLY GAME TV Pilot – Show runner Grant Rosenberg, created in Willamette FilmLabTV Writers Rooms in Drama with seven writers. Read at Willamette conference in Portland, Oregon, August 2022. Many thanks to everyone at Willamette writers and to SAG-AFTRA actors for reading.
TIGER MUM TV PILOT. In development. Finalist for 2022 Willamette FilmLabTV. Semi-finalist Short Scripts TV Pilot contest 2023. Quaterfinalist Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition 2023. Mentored by Colin Teevan, Curtis Brown Creative TV writer 2021/22. A pushy tiger mum finds out her husband’s fraudulently stolen money from their elite school. She must pay it back. But when her elaborate kidnapping plan goes wrong, she finds herself beholden to a billionaire parent who makes her an offer she can’t refuse. How far into the dark heart of the jungle will she go to save her family?
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. London Independent Film Festival 2022 – Best short film Audience award. AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM 2021 at CineFem
Cine de la mujer, Uruguay 2021. Shortlisted
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 belong. Daughter 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.
SURVIVOR – TV Drama. Top ten percent for BBC Drama Writer’s room submissions 2020.
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.
BUZZ. Play. Women’s Prize for Playwriting – Final Round (Top 9%) 2023. Verity Bargate Award 2020 – Top 10% of submissions. Papatango playwriting prize, 2020, second round. “a clever and complex play with real heart. It’s a well thought through script with a strong central plot and an intriguing structure that has clearly been very carefully worked out. Maggie, in particular, has a very strong and individual voice, with the two versions of the character sharing a voice in just the right way.” Papatango script reader. “This is a finely written play with a strong and engaging narrative, putting pressure on ideas about brotherhood, maternity, and domestic abuse.” Feedback from The Bush Theatre.
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.
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, Scarborough. Popcorn, 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).