Emily Holyoake is a Derby-based playwright, reviewer, and reformed actor.
She’s currently working on a one-woman play focusing on trichotillomania, an impulse disorder which causes someone to pull out their own hair. A first-draft extract of PULL will be performed as part of Jump Start at the Palace Theatre, Redditch, in May 2018.
In late 2016, Emily was commissioned by Poetical Machines to write a full length play about Ada Lovelace, funded by the Arts Council and supported by Nottingham Playhouse. The project was in research and development throughout 2017, and will be touring in Spring 2019.
She has previously worked with companies and collectives including Encompass Productions (STASIS, 2015), In Good Company (STORY SCAVENGERS, 2014), The Pensive Federation (THE GUEST ROOM, 2014), Act 2 (STASIS, 2014), and New Model Theatre (APRIL, 2012-2013). She was a writer on attachment with New Perspectives Theatre Company in 2014. In 2015, she was commissioned by BAFTA winning director Peter Nicholson to write her first feature film, NOVEMBER.
Her work has been performed in off-West End venues and theatres across the UK, including the White Bear Theatre, the Tristan Bates Theatre, The Bike Shed Theatre, Derby Theatre, and Nottingham Playhouse.
Her writing is character-driven and woman-centric, usually concerned with how technology affects human relationships, and always written with actors in mind. As a fan of aspirational science-fiction, she loves finding ways to put sci-fi onstage, and her plays often feature robots.
Likes include running and Captain Kathryn Janeway of the starship Voyager. Dislikes include mansplaining and books that have a map at the beginning.