Emily Holyoake

Playwright, Dramaturg, Actor


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 Living Robot Theatre Company (@livingrobottc).

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • 6,631 hits

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers