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Bea Roberts



Katie Williams

Bea Roberts is a multi-award winning scriptwriter and lyricist from the west country. She has written for stage and screen, musical theatre and family shows showcasing her anarchic sensibility and natural bent towards irreverent, dark comedy.

As well as developing original new comedy and comedy-drama series for TV, Bea is currently under commission with the National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her debut play, And Then Come The Nightjars, won the international Theatre503 playwriting award and made her a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2015. In 2016 was awarded the J.B.Priestly Award for a young writer of promise by the Royal Literary Fund. Her next project, the one-woman/no-woman show Infinity Pool: A modern re-telling of Madame Bovary had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, was nominated for a Total Theatre award and was optioned by Hartswood Films.

Bea’s magical, funny, modern feminist adaptation of Little Mermaid, as a musical 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.

Other writing credits include utopian eco-comedy Loam (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in association with the Royal Court), The Borrowers (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Sir F. Mother****ing Drake starring Fleabag’s Jenny Rainsford, part of the My England monologue series at the Young Vic.



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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Edifying, imaginative and passionate”
The Stage



UK Tour – Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh; The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter; Theatre Royal Plymouth (Ignite Festival); The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Utterly unique and exceptional in every way, its 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 quirkythis original show proved painfully funny and oddly moving” 
The Guardian



Theatre 503 & Bristol Old Vic / Theatre By The Lake, Keswick tour.

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 

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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