I've been a writer for as long as I've been able to hold a pencil.
< Here's a picture of my first novel "Book of People"
These days I write a whole variety of things, from plays to blog posts, speeches to newspaper articles. I teach creative writing too, for adults and kids.
"An Insomniac's Guide To Ambulances" (4* reviews and pick of the Fringe)This production ran in various venues between 2013-2014 and was written in collaboration with Aryeh Myers. Aryeh and I have been friends for longer than either of us might care to mention. Both insomniacs, we used our real experiences as an EMT and frontline social care worker to create the world of Leo, a paramedic whose life has just got a little bit more complicated...
Female Arts ★★★★
A well-written and confidently produced play, with a well-structured and paced narrative, imbued with a sense of authenticity that only lived experience can bring.
"Staffroom" (most audience recommended production of the Camden Fringe 2012)
This was a labour of love and borne out of the 13 years that I spent working in Pupil Referral Units. Set almost totally in the staffroom of a behavioural support units, it showed the interactions between the staff, their stresses and strains, and the odd glimpse of their lives outside of school.
A dark comedy that also isn't afraid to examine social issues from various angles and manages to do this without ever feeling forced or labouring.
"Paying Attention" (commissioned for the Whispering Theatre Project, DYSPLA Festival)
Karen is lying to her boyfriend. He thinks that she is seriously ill and has committed to stay with her and support her. She justifies her behaviour with the certainty that taking care of her is bringing out his generous and loving nature.She is the power behind his throne, like Lady Macbeth, or Posh to Becks.
I've also written a number of commissioned plays for children including "Esther! The Musical", which ran at Artsdepot and raised over £3,000 for the charity GIFT.
You can see extracts from selected scripts here.
As well as my solo stand-up shows "It's No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl", Hinanyni!", "Pray It Forward" and "Ultimate Jewish Mother", I am currently working on a new play called "Our Still Waters", about a group of diverse Jewish women whose lives intersect via a ritual bath (Mikveh) and a jukebox musical called "Just A Number" about a speed dating night.
FemaleArts Articles and Reviews:
Interview with Ola Ince, director of "Dutchman" at the Young Vic http://femalearts.com/node/2364
Sophie Willan - On Record, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2615
The Mission, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2614
Rainbow Class, written and performed by Vivienne Acheampong, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2613
Is This Part Of The Show? Written and performed by Emily Lloyd Saini, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2592
It's Got To Be Perfect - written and performed by Anna Morris, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2591
Foiled by David Charles and Beth Granville, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2590
Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield by Lucy Grace, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2589
Juliette Burton: Decision Time, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2585
Phwoar! A Stand Up Show, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2582
Katie Brennan's Quarter Life Crisis, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2581
We Are Not Criminals by Sarah Stirton, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2580
Waves by Alice Mary Cooper, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2576
Army B.R.A.T. written and performed by Robin Galloway, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2556
Mirror Mirror, Panto Review http://femalearts.com/node/2173
Jest End, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2165
Electric at the Rio Cinema, Review http://femalearts.com/node/2147
Skin Like Butter - The Thelmas, Review http://femalearts.com/node/1596