Samantha Ellis’s play HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST opens at the Arcola in September 2016, and then tours. It is published by Nick Hern Books. She has recently written a short play for Polka Theatre’s Playhouse scheme. Her first full-length children’s play, OPERATION MAGIC CARPET, was produced at the Polka Theatre in 2015; the Stage called it “Entertaining…pleasingly explores both the tension between cultures faced by immigrants and the power of story”. CLING TO ME LIKE IVY was produced at the Birmingham Rep and on tour in 2010; the Guardian called it “”funny, sad and compassionate…that genuinely rare beast, a popular comedy with heart, brains and the stomach to make some difficult choices”. Urgent Theatre produced a retrospective of Samantha’s short plays at Theatre 503 in 2015; Exeunt called STARLORE FOR BEGINNERS AND OTHER PLAYS “complex, knotty…elegant and effective…rich and ranging…more satisfying than many things double the length”.
Her other plays include THIS TIME I WIN (a short play for Agent 160, performed at the Cardiff Millennium Centre), THE THOUSAND AND SECOND NIGHT (a LAMDA long project), A SUDDEN VISITATION OF CALAMITY (Menagerie Theatre), STARTLE RESPONSE (workshop production at the Young Vic), MARTIN’S WEDDING (a play for a puppet and three actors produced by Blind Summit Theatre at BAC), PATCHING HAVOC (Theatre 503), USE ME AS YOUR CARDIGAN (Jackson’s Lane Theatre), FEEL THE PLASTIC (Camden People’s Theatre) and THE CANDY JAR (Runner-up in NSDF’s International Student Drama Competition; produced at Edinburgh). Her radio play, SUGAR AND SNOW, was a co-commission between the Hampstead Theatre and BBC Radio 4.
She is also the author of non-fiction book HOW TO BE A HEROINE published by Chatto & Windus, who will publish her second book, TAKE COURAGE: ANNE BRONTË AND THE ART OF LIFE in 2017.
She script-edited PADDINGTON for Heyday Films.