emily holyoake 1I’m a Derby-based playwright, reviewer, and dramaturg. My plays are character-driven and usually centre the stories of women and girls, and I always write with actors in mind. I’m very 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 currently under commission to write a short audio drama for Derby Theatre. SNAKE OIL integrates audio description techniques to tell a story about radicalisation and the wellness industry.

I’m an Associate Artist of Chronic Insanity theatre company, and I was commissioned by them in late 2020 to write for their digital art festival, Puncture The Screen. My piece is called THE NEXT BEST THING, a fully voice-acted visual novel with an interactive, branch-and-bottleneck narrative.

In 2019, my short play PULL won an international playwriting competition, after previously being shortlisted for In Good Company’s 2019 Take Off scheme. The play was originally produced in March 2020, but the performances were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic; it will (hopefully) be staged in Nottingham in Autumn 2021. PULL is a duologue for two young actors, and focuses on teenage friendship, cycles of recovery, and trichotillomania.

In late 2016, I worked with Poetical Machines to write ADA, a full length play exploring the life and legacy of Ada Lovelace. The project was in research and development throughout 2017 (funded by Arts Council England and supported by Nottingham Playhouse), and was published by Aurora Metro Books in 2019.

I’m a fan of aspirational sci-fi and enjoy exploring how science-fiction tropes and storylines might play out onstage. In 2015, I made my off-West End debut with STASIS, staged at the White Bear Theatre by Encompass Productions, a full length play about a woman stranded alone after stowing away on a spaceship. STASIS was previously developed by Act 2 in 2014.

I’ve also worked with companies and collectives including New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Party Somewhere Else, The Pensive Federation, and New Model Theatre. In 2015, I was commissioned by BAFTA winning director Peter Nicholson to write my first feature film, NOVEMBER.

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

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