Emily Holyoake

Playwright, Dramaturg, Actor

ABOUT

I’m a playwright, dramaturg,  and actor currently based in Exeter with strong ties to the East Midlands. I trained at the University of Exeter and hold an M.A. Theatre Practice: Playwriting and Dramaturgy (Distinction) and a B.A. Drama (First Class with Honours). I was a writer on attachment with New Perspectives Theatre Company (2014) and am the co-founder of Exeter-based theatre company Living Robot.

As a playwright/dramaturg, I’ve worked with In Good Company (Story Scavengers, 2014), The Pensive Federation (Significant Other: Undercover, 2014), New Perspectives Theatre Company (Behind Closed Doors, 2014), Act 2 (Stasis, 2014), Anthos Arts (Wings In The Way, 2014), 20:20 Vision (Stasis, 2014), Script This (Stasis, 2014; Real Person Fiction, 2013) and New Model Theatre (April, 2012-2013). My work has been performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre, The Bike Shed Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Theatre, the Old Theatre Royal (Bath), the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the Guildhall Theatre (Derby), Create Theatre, and the Lakeside Arts Centre. I’ve also staged work in non-theatrical venues, from small quayside cafés to beautiful old churches.

As an actor, I’ve worked with The Elysium Theatre Company (summer season, 2013), Philipp Ehmann and Isley Lynn (The Jonalana Project: The Ministry of Betterment, 2013), and Brite Theater (My Only Love Sprung From My Only Hate, 2013). I’m also a confident facilitator, and was team leader for Gibber Theatre Company’s 2014 tour of Derbyshire secondary schools (Waste Watchers, 2014).

My work has previously been centred around placing online relationships and concerns onstage, tackling subjects such as fandom, ‘pseuicide’, and online abuse. I tend to write naturalistically and characters are usually my top priority. I love aspirational sci-fi and am currently trying to find ways to stage those kinds of stories, which celebrate the potential of humanity whilst also examining our relationships with technology. And I try to always write with actors in mind, and create characters that need actors to be brave and brilliant.

My fictional hero is Captain Kathryn Janeway of the starship Voyager and I like watching rubbish films about sharks.

If you have any questions about my work, Twitter is the best place to find me – @princecolin.

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