Bea is a West Country writer with diverse interests and a natural bent towards irreverent, dark comedy. She is currently under commission with the National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, and The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in association with The Royal Court.
Her stage adaptation of THE BORROWERS will be the Christmas 2018 production at the Tobacco Factory. Her monologue for the MY ENGLAND series at The Young Vic will be filmed later this year. Bea’s television adaptation of her critically-acclaimed stage play INFINITY POOL is currently in development with Hartswood Films. THE C-WORD CLUBHOUSE – A CLIMATE CHANGE CABARET was developed with The Coterie in association with Sky Arts, and showcased at the Ferment Festival in 2018.
Bea’s magical, funny, modern adaptation of LITTLE MERMAID, co-devised and produced by Pins and Needles Productions, was the hugely successful Christmas show for 2017 at the egg theatre in Bath, and won Best Play for Children & Young People at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards. Her one-woman show, INFINITY POOL, a modern re-telling of Madame Bovary, had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016.
She was a finalist in the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS and was awarded the J.B.Priestly Award for a young writer of promise by the Royal Literary Fund. In November 2014 Bea was announced as the joint-winner of the inaugural Theatre 503 Playwriting Award for AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS, which was produced in a co-production with Theatre 503 and the Bristol Old Vic the following year, and had a UK tour in 2016.
the egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Produced by Pins & Needles Productions and the egg. Directed by Emma Earle & Cameron Carver, Designed by Zoe Squires
Winner, Best Play for Children & Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2018
“A thrilling rewrite…highly original…thoughtful and entertaining. This little mermaid gives familial expectations and fairytale cliches a thorough dunking” The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ ★- The Stage
“Edifying, imaginative and passionate”
UK Tour – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter; Theatre Royal Plymouth (Ignite Festival); The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
“Utterly unique and exceptional in every way, it’s a heart-breaking story of a stunted life, told with theatrical verve and palpable compassion”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★- The Stage
“Rare and extraordinary: exceptional storytelling that is full of theatrical spirit.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★- The List
“Completely different and deliciously quirky…this original show proved painfully funny and oddly moving”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – A Younger Theatre ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Theatre Bubble ★ ★ ★ ★ – Exeunt ★ ★ ★ ★ – TV Bomb ★ ★ ★ ★ – Spiked ★ ★ ★ ★ – Remote Goat ★ ★ ★ ★ – Stage Talk Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Fix ★ ★ ★ ★– Three Weeks
AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS
Theatre 503 & Bristol Old Vic
Directed by Paul Robinson. Starring David Fielder and Nigel Hastings.
“a small gem of a play from a writer to watch” Laura Barnett, The Telegraph ****
“a right little cracker, a small but beautifully observed two-hander” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****
“not only a tender, finely observed portrait of male friendship, but also a stirring requiem for the vanishing dignity of rural England” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard ****
“Roberts has a lovely lightness of touch as a writer, a wit and a sense of fun” Natasha Tripney, The Stage ****
One of 8 writers to be commissioned for the 2014 BBC iPlayer Shorts series.
Theatre West, Bristol
Comedy series, developed with BBC Radio 4
SCOOP – Theatre in the Square
Pins and Needles Theatre Company / Lyric Hammersmith
NIGHTS WITH DOLLY HENDERSON – Word:Play/NWXSW Tour
Box of Tricks Theatre Company / Bolton Octagon / Exeter Bikeshed Theatre
OUR GLASS HOUSE (Courtroom scene)
Common Wealth Theatre Company – Site specific Bristol/Bradford/Edinburgh/London
CLASS OF 2012 – Winner of New Blood Bare Bones Short Play Competition
Bike Shed Theatre
A COALITION CAROL
Canal Café Theatre
THE DARKLING PLAIN
Pride Bristol Revival, Tobacco Factory Theatre
MARION ALLEN’S NUMBER ONE HOBBY
Canal Café Theatre / Pleasance Edinburgh
THE TALE OF LADY STARDUST
Canal Café Theatre / Alma Tavern / Underbelly
Total Theatre Award, Emerging Talent Nominee 2016
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, finalist 2016
Young Writer of Promise, Royal Literary Fund 2015
Theatre503 Playwriting Award, winner 2014
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