Tess Berry-Hart is an author, screenwriter and playwright whose work deals with both political and personal themes such as the refugee crisis, LGBT rights and modern miscarriages of justice. Tess was shortlisted for the inaugural BBC Wales Writer In Residence Award 2019 in partnership with NT Wales and BBC Wales.
Tess’s most recent play, The Story, commissioned by THE OTHER ROOM THEATRE as part of their Violence Series, explores the language of violence and the stories we tell ourselves to justify violence against others. The Story premiered at THE OTHER ROOM, Cardiff, 8th – 25th October 2019 and transferred to Theatre 503 in London in 2020, preceding a tour of venues in Wales.
In 2016 her stage play Cargo premiered at the Arcola Theatre, about a group of refugees travelling to Europe in the back of a cargo container inspired by her experiences volunteering in Calais, where she runs refugee aid and advocacy group Calais Action.
★★★★★ ‘A play for our times’ – Broadway World
★★★★★ ‘Expertly crafted’ – London Theatre1
★★★★★ ‘One of the most memorable new plays of the year’ – The Theatre Tourist
★★★★★ ‘Timely and welcome. Compelling political theatre’ – Live Theatre
Previously Tess was commissioned by the King’s Head Theatre to produce verbatim theatre pieces Someone To Blame (2012), to highlight the real-life case of Sam Hallam, a 17-year old convicted of a murder he did not commit
“There is theatre that entertains and then there is theatre that challenges, changes views and raises awareness. Someone to Blame is such a play.” – ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
and Sochi 2014 (2014) about the persecution of LGBT Russians and the Russian anti-gay propaganda laws in the run up to the Winter Olympics. Gala fundraising performances of Sochi were held in New York and LA as part of human rights campaigns worldwide.
“A compelling new drama” The Independent
“Informative and chilling” The Evening Standard
Her TEDx talk on the power of theatre to make change in the world is available to view online:
Her young adult futuristic novels Escape From Genopolis and Fearless are published by Scholastic Books.