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Playwriting and Screenwriting career prospects

MA Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting) graduates' achievements and work performed

2017

  • Graduate Elaine Clayton is a finalist in the BlueCat and Bafta Rocliffe
  • Graduate Natalie Beech joins Curve’s WritersLab scheme in Leicester.
  • Graduate Kiran Benawra works as a researcher on Channel 4’s Rage Room.
  • Graduate Emma Morgan’s screenplay The Med is optioned by Lime Pictures.
  • Graduate Matilda Velevitch’s play Three Mothers wins the Octagon and the IOM Arts Council Prize and is presented at Theatrefest 2017.
  • Graduate Mark Hibbert’s graduation screenplay Storm House is published as a novel.
  • Graduates Lorraine Mullaney and Nick Myles have plays performed at the King’s Head, Islington.
  • Second Year student Caroline Buckley’s play Grab ‘Em By The Pussy is performed at The Space, London.
  • Graduate Ian Fletcher’s play Bust is shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan award.
  • Graduates Nick Myles and Giles Cole, and first year student Serena Haywood all have plays performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival.
  • Graduate Pauline Radley’s play Burbling In The Breeze is read in the David Attenborough Building Cambridge as part of Earth Optimism Day.
  • Graduate Anna Landi is the dramaturg on 'Battery Life' performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio.
  • A number of City MA Playwriting & Screenwriting Graduates including Dianna Hunt, Lydia Adejunti and Vicki Donnaghue are listed on the BBC New Talent Hotlist . Dianna Hunt is also a member of the Tamasha Collective along with year two student Matilda Ibini.
  • Graduate Alice Hafer wins the People's Choice Award at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival for the Women in Adventure Competition.
  • First year student Kashyap Raja has a play on at Theatro Technis in Camden.
  • Graduate Heather Taylor’s prize-winning short film Stitched plays at international festivals.
  • Graduate Pauline Radley’s and first year students Teresa Bailey and Kerry Russell have short plays selected for  the London Improv Theatre.
  • First year student Nicole Locke wins Blackshaw's Play Showcase competition with her play Moth Man which was written as part of the MA.
  • Recent Graduate Matilda Velevitch’s play Three Mothers is selected for the Octagon Top Five, as part of the Reveal Festival.
  • Recent Graduate Tracy Mathewson’s play NO FILTER is on at Camden People's Theatre.
  • Recent Graduate Alice Hafer’s short film Stuck, which was pitched as part of a year two module is produced and judged for the Women in Adventure Film Festival as hosted by the BMC (British Mountaineering Council).
  • Recent City MA graduates Debbie Sherwell and Sally McIlhone have pieces performed at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the Penis Envy night for women who write about sex; an extract from Debbie's play, The Good, The Bad and The Uncommitted,  and a full rehearsed reading of Sally's play, Greedy which was written as part of the MA course.
  • Graduate Pauline Radley’s 'Poppy' which she wrote while at City is  performed at Cambridge Boathouse

2016

  • First year student Kevin Reed's piece The Jungle Room, written in Writing Workshop this term, has been accepted by the London Writers' Showcase and will be performed on 18th December.
  • Second year student Natalie Beech had her play “Collegiate” selected for the Clapham Fringe Festival.
  • ‘The Lost City Writers’, a collective of graduate writers from 2014, had their play “All In The Same Boat” performed at the Oxford House Theatre in Bethnal Green.
  • Recent graduate Sally McIlhone had an extract from her graduation play Greedy selected for performance at the Arcola Theatre.
  • Recent graduate Ian Fletcher (writing under the name Tom Killigrew) has had extracts from hi play Fieldwork selected for a rehearsed public reading at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.
  • Graduate Natsu Hirakawa’s graduation play was selected for the International Playwriting Festival in
  • Shooting on gradate Kim Taylor's script 'Eddie Elise' has now wrapped. It’s an (AUB) Arts University Bournemouth production.
  • Graduate playwright Joyce Lee is now represented by Nick Quinn at The Agency.
  • First student Natalie Ekberg was a finalist for the Bath Film Festival screenwriting scheme.
  • Graduate Pauline Radley has a ten minute play performed at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, as part of the Capability Brown celebrations.
  • Graduate Aisha Zia received a grant from Brookleaze and her new play Besieged is on at the Arcola Theatre.
  • Graduate Dianna Hunt’s new play One Woman's Slide: A Blues has been programmed in the Talawa Arts Festival. Dianna is working with the Royal Court Theatre and has been selected for BBC Writers’ Room “Baby Steps” programme.
  • First year student Natalie Ekberg’s play Diversifications was showcased by Page to Stage.
  • First year student Elaine Clayton’s short script Pop Goes the Question was optioned by a film-maker based in New Jersey. Elaine also came second in a Player-Playwright’s play competition on dystopia. And a short film she wrote The Christmas Spirit won two US student awards.
  • First year student Natalie Beech’s short play Collegiate was part of a short play evening at the Arcola Theatre.
  • Three Graduates Mark Hibbert, Emma Morgan and Nikki Racklim showcased 6 new short plays in the University Performance Space in March.
  • Graduate Lars T Moen had his graduation screenplay Ant Farm optioned by US Company Cranium Entertainment.
  • Graduate Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor produced the short film House Girl.
  • Graduate Tracy Mathewson crowd-funded the budget for her short film Appellation.
  • Graduate Nagwa Malik has had a new book The Mist Stage Two: The Culmination published on Smashwords.
  • Graduate Cheryl White’s films include Before Babel (2013) which won Best Short at the Kent and Rye Film Festival International film festival 2015; Winner of Best Film and Most Innovative Film at WOW Festival 2014.
  • Graduate Vickie Donoghue has a short play Weaklings coming up in a programme of new plays at the Sheffield Crucible in June.
  • Graduate Natalie Stan’s play After the Blue was on at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January. It was produced by MA graduate Matilda Velevitch.
  • Graduate Annalisa D’Innella’s play for Radio 4, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, was selected as The Radio Times Critic’s Choice and is currently long listed for The Imison Award 2016. Her original screenplay Paper Flowers has been awarded a Media Development Grant.

2015

  • Recent graduate Louisa Hayford won a place on the ITV Coronation Street Original Voices scheme which includes a ten week paid internship in the Coronation Street story department.
  • First student Matilda Ibini wrote a short play for Sphinx Theatre’s ‘Women Centre Stage’ Festival which was performed at the National Theatre.
  • Graduate Aisha Zia had extracts from her play “No Guts, no Glory” screened on BBC4. The play won the Scotland Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. It is due to tour in 2016. It has been published by Oberon Books. Aisha is under commission to Contact Theatre in Manchester and the National Youth theatre. She is now represented by Knight Hall agency.
  • Graduate Sam Hall’s play “My Mind is Free” has been touring South East England.
  • Graduate Nikki Racklin wrote the libretto for the opera about Ruth Ellis “Love Me To Death” which was on at the Barbican Centre. Nikki is now represented by Berlin Associates.
  • Madicken Malm’s play “Victory” was performed at Theatre 503.
  • A group of recent graduates had a joint production 'LONDON CALLING performed at the Hen and Chickens as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.
  • Tracy Mathewson’s latest production “Happy Girl” was performed at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • Graduate Joyce Lee had an extract of her play ‘Orchids’ performed at the Bush Theatre and the entire play was given a staged reading at the Tristan Bates theatre. She is also developing plays with Yellow Earth Theatre with the Papergang Theatre Company.
  • Second year student Alexander Pyke’s play, Son Of Man, is on at the Bread and Roses theatre in Clapham from 26th May to 13th June at 7.30pm.
  • Graduate Nick Harrison’s play ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ – a site-specific historical two-hander about Marc Brunel and his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was performed in Rotherhithe, south-east London inside the Thames Tunnel .
  • Graduate Charlotte Jennings play “Strangers Welcome” was performed at The Tabard Theatre in Chiswick.
  • First year student Ian Fletcher’s play STIGMA was performed at the Arundel Festival.
  • Matilda Ibini's play Muscovado is going on a nationwide tour which starts in Theatre 503 London on Feb 24th- 7th March 2015.
  • Graduate Aisha Zia's play No Guts, No Heart, No Glory will be on at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in March 2015 as part of the Women of the World festival
  • Seven of our Graduates are staging a Valentine's Production "The Sexy Seven" at the Etcetera Theatre on "Valentine's Weekend"  (13-15 February 2015). It consists of seven short plays on a "sexy" theme and is written by seven City MA graduates.
  • Graduate Raul Molina's play "The Dinner" will be on at The Vault in Waterloo (Feb 25th - March 1st 2015)
  • Graduate Nick Harrison has a play 'The Devil to Pay on Brook Street' is on at 'Handel House' in central London 20th Feb - March 1st 2015.
  • Dianna Hunt's MA graduation play 'Mona's Room' was selected for inclusion in the Arcola Theatre's new writing festival in January 2015
  • Kate Hall is a story producer on BBC1’s Holby City.

2014

  • Graduate Aisha Zia's play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' won the 2014 Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, was shortlisted for the Amnesty Prize, and has been performed at the Commonwealth Theatre in Manchester. It has just been published by Oberon books, and Aisha Zia has been invited on to Radio 4 a number of times to talk about it.
  • Second year student Ness Lyons had a play she wrote for the MA performed at the Arcola Theatre in Nov 2014, and her play 'Charity Reality' has been published by Amazon in an E-book anthology.
  • Graduate Nick Myles' MA play "Tom and Jerry, a love story" was performed at the Drayton Arms in November 2014, and his show "Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor" was performed at the Etcetera Theatre.
  • Graduate Tracy Mathewson's play "Teenage Dirtbag" was premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival.
  • Student Kiran Benawra had her play "Mates" performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Graduate Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor's play "Sunday" was on at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in June 2014.
  • Graduate Lorraine Mullaney had her university graduation play "Unclouded Moon" performed at the Brighton Fringe festival in May 2014.
  • Graduates Nazish Kahn and Sophie Foster had their plays "Pole Factor" and "Project Lolita" performed  at the Vault Festival in Waterloo in Feb 2014.

2013

  • Graduate Aisha Zia was one of the co-writers of "Our Glass House" which was performed in Camden in Now 2013.
  • Student Mark Hibbert was nominated for the "Best Comedy" and "New Writing" awards at the Buxton Fringe Awards in Nov 2013.
  • Graduate Hannah Rodger's play "Happy Never After" was one of nine plays by City graduates and students performed in the 2013 Edinburgh festival. The others included Tracy Mathewson "Broadway Baby", Aisha Zia "Our Glass House" (winner of the Amnesty Award), Henry Carr "Luke and Harry's Journey to Sex Colony", Nazish Kahn "Pole Factor", Sophie Foster "Project Lolita", Mark Hibbert "Total Hero Team", and Tracy McFall "Synergy"
  • Graduate Raul Molina's play The Last Hour of Antigone was on at the Camden People's Theatre in May 2013.

2012

  • Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue (class of 2009)
    Bush Theatre, 18 September - 20 October 2012
  • Labalaba by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (class of 2009, co-writer and producer)
    Wazobia Lounge at Africa Village, 30 July 2012
  • Front by Vickie Donoghue (class of 2009)
    John Gielgud Theatre, 7 July 2012
  • MEAT by Brian Eley (class of 2010)
    Theatre 503, 25 June 2012
  • Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue (class of 2009)
    Theatre 503, 29 May - 2 June 2012
  • Across Kenya by Chris Howarth (class of 2007)
    Roxy Bar & Grill, 27 May 2012
  • The Art of Concealment by Giles Cole (class of 2011)
    Riverside Studios, 1 - 20 May 2012
  • Canasta by Nick Myles (class of 2010)
    REDfest at Red Lion Theatre, 17 April - 12 May 2012
  • Our Glass House by Aisha Zia (class of 2010)
    Commonwealth Theatre, 18 - 29 April 2012

Pre 2012

  • Brierley Thorpe's MA play won the International Playwriting Competition at Croydon Warehouse and was a runner up in the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize
  • Lydia Adetunji's MA screenplay was selected for the Brit List, a list of the UK's best unproduced screenplays. Her play The Fixer was produced at the High Tide Festival. Other short plays have been produced by Paines Plough theatre company and  the Young Vic
  • Alexandra Denye was a runner up in the BBC's Alfred Bradley radio playwriting award
  • Grant Corr's MA play has been produced by Icarus Theatre Company at the Old Red Lion theatre
  • Heather Taylor co-wrote the screenplay for The Last Thakur, screened at the London Film Festival in 2008
  • Harry Otto Brunjes has written, directed and produced the feature film La Bella Figura.