Poppy is a playwright, academic, and creative writing teacher from the South West, now based in London.
RECENT WORK: Poppy was Research Associate in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol (Feb – Dec 2019), collaborating with a historian and a poet on a project titled ‘Creative Histories of Witchcraft’.
AWARD RECOGNITION: Poppy won Masterclass’ inaugural ‘Pitch Your Play’ competition in 2013 for her play Hatchling. Hatchling received an industry reading on the main stage of the Theatre Royal Haymarket and was shortlisted in the top 75 plays for the Verity Bargate Award (2013). Poppy’s play You Gotta Go There To Come Back was longlisted for the Papatango Playwriting Award (2018). Poppy was a winner of SixteenFeet Theatre’s ‘First Draft’, Lambeth playwriting competition in 2015.
PLAYS INCLUDE: Applause (Arts Educational School); Checkout (Arcola Theatre, Miniaturists’ 10th Birthday Bash); PLAY 2 (Longfield Hall, for PLAY Theatre Company); It’s My Party (Brixton Library); Red Heart (Wales Millennium Centre, as part of Agent 160’s ‘Fun Palace’); Cyber-Babies (The Park Theatre, for Little Pieces of Gold); Robin Hood (BigFoot Arts tour of London primary schools).
INTERESTS: Poppy has a special interest in writing plays developed from archives and historical sources. She is currently teaching playwriting to undergraduates at Royal Holloway, University of London, and supervising MA students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Poppy is an academic specialist in contemporary British theatre: her PhD investigated the reasons behind the contemporary growth of ‘theatre of the real’ in the UK, and the meaning of its innovations in form.