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Kenneth Emson



Emily Hickman

Kenny is an award winning playwright and screenwriter.

In theatre, he is a past winner of the Mercury Theatre playwriting prize, the Adopt a Playwright Award, the Adrienne Benham Award and the Clare McIntyre Bursary at the Royal Court Theatre, and he has been shortlisted for both the Bruntwood and Pearson Prizes. His plays have been performed by the Bush Theatre, Nabokov, Eastern Angles and High Tide Theatre companies as well as at Festivals in the UK, New York and Cape Town.

In TV/online, he was BAFTA-nominated for THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K, he has participated in the BBC Writers’ Academy and Bush/Kudos schemes, and he has been a Red Planet Prize finalist.  He is currently working on original TV series with a number of production companies and he recently developed his first feature screenplay with Creative England.


TV and Film Credits:

Short film as part of My England project
Live on Young Vic Website as of Feb 25th 2019

1 x 30’ episode

THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K BBC Writersroom (2015)
Co-creator and co-writer of interactive online drama
Nominated for BAFTA Television Craft Award: Digital Creativity 2016
Nominated for Broadcast Digital Award 2016 (Best Game)
Nominated for Prix Italia 2016 (Digital Creativity)
Winner of C21 Media Award 2016 (Best multi platform)
Winner of two Lovies Awards 2016 (Digital Creativity and People’s vote)

MR QUIN Acorn Media (2015)
Adaptation of interactive online drama / mobile app
Nominated for BAFTA Cymru Games Award 2016

2 x 30’ episode

1 x 30’ episode

TV development projects include:

RAPTURE New Pictures


BAIT Leftbank
Script commission

NCT Firebird Pictures

ESSEX COPS Artists Studio
Treatment for TV series

Treatment for TV serial

CHOKE Unigram
Treatment and Teaser for TV serial
Co-written with Gabriel Bisset-Smith

THE RIP The Forge
Treatment for a TV serial

Series bible and pilot script for a digital, short-form TV series

1 x 60′ pilot adaptation

GOD’S WORK Company Pictures
1×60′ pilot script
Finalist in the 2014 Red Planet Prize

Film Development projects:

BAI Creative England
Original feature film with development finance from CE’s ‘Emerging Talent’ fund

Untitled Football project Wigwam Films
Feature Script commissioned
Co-written with Gabriel Bisset-Smith

Radio Credits:

THE VERB: SONGS OF THE SEA BBC Radio 3 (July 2014)
1 x 7′ Radio Play

837.9 BBC Radio 4 (August 2012)
1 x 45’ Afternoon Play

Stage Credits:

Bush Theatre, 26th June to 27th July 2019
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
Hightide Festival 2019

PLASTIC Poleroid Theatre/Old Red Lion Theatre – April 2018
Mercury Theatre, Colchester – April 2018
Original one-act stage play
Latitude Festival – July 2015
Best New Play Nomination – Off West End Theatre Awards 2019 (Offies)
Fascinating…the play will lodge in the mind – Guardian
“Firecracker writing” – Whatsonstage

TERRORISM Bush Theatre/This Place We Know –  October 2016
Original one-act stage play
“an astute, compelling account of an extramarital affair”, “Emson writes with wit and fine emotional precision” – The Financial Times ****
“Kenny Emson’s short play Terrorism triumphs… It’s a superbly well-tuned piece of writing that makes us feel complicit in this intimacy and its breakdown” – The Evening Standard

QUADROPHENIA Mercury Theatre Colchester Young Company – August 2013
Stage adaptation of the rock album

THE PETERBOROUGH EFFECT Eastern Angles / Tour – April-May 2013
Musical documentary stage drama

ENGLAND STREET Polly Ingham Productions / Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio – April 2013
Original one-act stage play

OUR NOBBY Eastern Angles (2010)
Original play

Short Plays and Readings Include:

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Poleroid Theatre / Latitude Festival (July 2016), Vault festival (2017)
Co-written with Brad Birch

THE COLONEL’S DAUGHTER Supporting Wall Theatre / Tristan Bates (2014)
Stage adaptation of the Marquis de Sade play ERNESTINE

WHITE Theatre Royal Haymarket (2011)
*Shortlisted for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize

SONDERKOMMANDO Old Vic (2009), High Tide Festival (2011)

ANIMAL OVNV US/UK Exchange- Public Theatre (2009)

ENDURING VOICES Old Vic 24 Hr Play (2008)



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