Chris Woodley is a British/Irish screenwriter, playwright and performer based in East London.
His new foul mouthed farce Tommy on Top will be the opening show at Above The Stag Theatre Summer 2021. Chris has recently completed the BBC EastEnders Shadow Scheme and is currently developing a number of television ideas.
Chris’ autobiographical solo show The Soft Subject, a highly-energetic, pop- fuelled, heart-on-the-sleeve account of love, loss and survival in the modern world, had a critically acclaimed run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and toured nationally, including a sold out run at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The show was supported by The Old Vic Lab.
“A lovely personal testament to family” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★★ “utterly lovable” The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ “masterful talent” ScotsGay
★★★★★ “a roller-caster of emotions” The Curtain Up Show
★★★★ “Heart-breaking” The Stage
★★★★ “a hidden gem” British Theatre
★★★★ “terrifically moving and intimate” The Wee Review
★★★★ “a show with heart” Fringe Biscuit
Chris’ debut play Next Lesson, about Section 28, had a sold out run at The Pleasance Theatre before being performed in America, Australia and The House of Commons. On the plays publication, it was Shortlisted for The Polari First Book Prize, which recognises work by artists exploring the LBGTQ+ experience in their writing.
He was commissioned to write Eat Sleep Exam Repeat by The Old Vic. The show explored the values of arts education with the UK education system.
Chris has had a number of short plays produced by new writing theatres across London including Bedtime Story performed at The Theatre Royal Stratford East and Plus One at The Criterion Theatre.
In partnership with The Royal Lyceum Chris wrote short film Ophelia Spice which featured on BBC Culture in Quarantine.