Bea is a West Country writer with diverse interests and a natural bent towards irreverent, dark comedy. 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.
Her one-woman show, INFINITY POOL, a modern re-telling of Madame Bovary, had a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival 2016. In a play without actors, Bea tells a painfully funny love story like no other, using projectors, party rings, and Power Point.
Bea’s magical, funny, modern adaptation of LITTLE MERMAID, co-devised and produced by Pins and Needles Productions, and co-produced by the egg in Bath, is on until 14th January 2018. Buy tickets here.
Bea is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and is also under commission with new company, The Coterie.
the egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Produced by Pins & Needles Productions and the egg. Directed by Emma Earle & Cameron Carver, Designed by Zoe Squires
“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
4Screenwriting Programme – Channel 4, shortlisted 2013
BBC Writers’ Academy, shortlisted 2012
BBC Writersroom Ten, shortlisted 2011
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