I’m a Derby-based playwright and theatre-maker. I’m interested in how technology affects human relationships, so my work tends to veer towards sci-fi, speculation, and internet culture. My plays often feature robots.

I’m an Associate Artist of Derby Theatre and Chronic Insanity theatre company. I recently received funding from Arts Council England’s DYCP scheme to further develop my practice as a digital theatre-maker (June – December 2022), and I’m currently being supported by a Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant.

Recent and upcoming commissions include: BECCA, a hybrid onstage/online performance (2023; Chronic Insanity’s Digital Literary Department); NEW LEAF, a virtual reality piece exploring climate anxiety (2022; Chronic Insanity / Cast (Doncaster)); and SNAKE OIL, an audio drama with integrated audio description which explores harm within the wellness industry (2021; Derby Theatre).

Previous work includes: PULL (2021), THE NEXT BEST THING (2021), ADA (2017), and STASIS (2015).

I’ve also worked with companies and collectives including: New Perspectives Theatre Company, Encompass Productions, The Party Somewhere Else, Poetical Machines, Act 2, The Pensive Federation, and New Model Theatre.

Likes include running, YA fiction, and Captain Kathryn Janeway of the USS Voyager. Dislikes include books that have a map at the beginning.

Photo of Emily Holyoake, a young white woman with short brown hair, smiling down at something.