Biography




Emma writes for theatre spaces, unusual places, and screens. Her writing is often fantastical and surreal, ranging from dark political satire for adults through to adventure comedy for children. She has had three plays tour nationally: Home Sweet Home, a magic-realist, multi sensory, immersive theatre experience for older audiences in 2014, gaining 4 Stars from the Guardian (Freedom Studios), Forgotten Things, shortlisted for the 2009 Meyer-Whitworth Award and Ugly, published by Oberon in 2010 (both Red Ladder). Other work includes: A site specific, adventure for families Northern Big Board performed in Shipley Pool (Chol / Slung Low). A one woman, sci-fi, queer-future, who-dun-it Freakoid (Nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award 2013) performed at Ovalhouse, London and Brimming, part of The Enough Project, a surreal, dark comedy about surviving emotional abuse, which toured the north, summer 2013 (Dep Arts). In 2014 Emma’s play Fix This based on research with teenagers and parents living with self harm, toured schools. It retours Summer 2015 (Space2). Coming up next: Emma’s new play Animals, a darkly funny satire set in a world where everyone over 60 is tossed on the scrapheap, children are hothoused, and being a “burden on society” is the ultimate crime, opens April 2015 for a 4 week run at Theatre 503, London and will be published by Oberon. Emma was Writer in Residence during West Yorkshire Playhouse’s New Writing Season 2012, attended The Royal Court invitation group 2013 and was selected for Accelerate - the Programme for Artistic Development, (Lowry/Jerwood Charitable Foundation) 2013/14. When not writing Emma lectures part time at Northern Film School, Leeds.