About me

About me


I am a gender nonconforming playwright/theatremaker (they/them) based in London and Dublin. I recently graduated from the MA Writing programme at the RCA (London), where I researched actionable allyship in theatre producing.


Previous work includes productions at The New Theatre and Smock Alley (Dublin), as well as The Arcola, Pleasance, and Theatre Deli (London), and the Edinburgh Fringe.

A little bit about my practice

I believe one of the areas theatre excels is in seeing people from marginalised cultures and communities claiming space with live physical presence on stage. It is a powerful social and political statement against marginalisation and erasure. It is a powerful tool in creating empathy. A playwright has a distinct responsibility to write plays with characters and stories of marginalised groups - the alternative is echoing those of dominant power structures. To create authentic onstage representation, people from the cultures being represented must be involved in creating and shaping the narrative being told - so I practice research and workshop-led and devising-based writing methods.

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The other wing of my investigations are into audience complicity in performance. How can an audience member’s complicity be interrogated by a performance - and how might these techniques or frameworks be employed to draw attention to culpability in the actions of a wider society? My current work-in-progress theatre pieces Show Me Your Wallets and Fuck Genocide / Fuck Oliver Cromwell take different aspects of this question as their starting-points.


I want my work to be grounded by the common thread of fighting against cultural erasure, and I want my work to reflect what my collaborators bring in both content and form. No two of my plays should ever feel the same - and this is electrifying every time I start a project.

Recent writing for theatre

Recent writing for theatre includes Rajesh and Naresh, a Queer British Asian love story created from workshops with members of the queer British Asian community in London (Theatre Deli, 2019); Show Me Your Wallets (public work-in-progress staging, Scene + Heard Festival Dublin, 2020); Mother Catfish (work-in-progress reading, Arcola, 2019); Oxygen (short play, published by Fishamble TinyPlayChallenge, 2020); David Beckham's Hair (short play, Pleasance, 2018, The Printing House Dublin, 2015); FEAT. (co-writer, The Players Theatre Dublin, 2018); The Elephant (Fringe Arts Bath, 2017); and a number of site-specific performance pieces for ŠITE Productions (London, various locations, 2019-20). My plays Mercury (written in collaboration with community mental health volunteers) and Fireplay were produced in the New Theatre Dublin in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

Critical writing on theatre appears in ARC Magazine and Rant + Rave.