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.

In 2019, my short play PULL won an international playwriting competition, after previously being shortlisted for In Good Company’s 2018 Take Off scheme. PULL will be staged in Nottingham in 2020, 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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