Below are biographies for the ten writers who curated the Alligator Club events
Ella Greenhill is a Liverpool based playwright and is currently writer on attachment with both The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Paines Plough Theatre company in collaboration with Channel 4. Ella has also worked with The Atlas Company, BBC radio Merseyside, Almanac, Hampstead Theatre and The Internationalists Theatre Company. Her play, Fallen, was part of LOST Theatre’s One Act Festival in May this year. Last year her plays Into the Water and Fallen were short listed for Theatre Centre’s Adrienne Benham award and The Internationalists Playwriting Competition. She has written three full length plays and many shorts for theatre and radio. She has also stage managed for Pull up a Chair productions. She is represented by United Agents.
Anne Irvine graduated from the Royal Exchange Theatre’s writing course THE TWELVE in 2010, and completed the Introduction to Playwriting course at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in 2011. She wrote the short film ‘Butterfly’ in 2008 which was produced by First Take Productions. Anne also worked with First Take Productions as a Script Editor/Assistant Producer on the short film Dying For A Smoke.
Andrew Ness is a former member of the Everyman & Playhouse Young Writers Programme and has written comic strip scripts (Tharg’s Future Shocks for 2000ad) short film (“The Landlord” for First Take Films) and sketches for Liverpool’s Puppet Pool cabaret. His performed theatre plays include stage adaptations of Alan Moore’s Halo Jones and Homer’s Odyssey as well as a modern English translation of Calderon de la Barca’s La Vida Es Sueno (Life Is A Dream) all of which he also directed and produced. Andrew has an MA in directing from Liverpool Hope University. He is currently developing a script with the Everyman as well as working with his own company Red Panda, who will be making their debut appearance at the Unity Theatre this autumn with the new play Intravenous written and devised with the company. Andrew has also worked with Caustic Widows as a director/dramaturg. As a photographer, Andrew has worked with Tmesis, Brouhaha, Physical Fest, Dolphin Dance Studio, Caustic Widows, Voo, Plastic Factory and Fools Proof Theatre.
Lizzie Nunnery’s first play Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman, Sept 2007) was awarded 5 stars by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award. She was one of the writers of the critically acclaimed Unprotected, which was awarded the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. Her latest play The Swallowing Dark reopened the Liverpool Playhouse Studio in October 2011 and subsequently ran for a month at Theatre503 in London. She has previously worked with Druid Theatre Company, The Gate, Trestle, Cardboard Citizens, Slung Low and Paines Plough. Recent radio work includes a series adaptation of The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham and a half hour horror for the series Weird Tales, both for BBC Radio 4. She is working with Lime Pictures on a TV project and her debut short film Monkey Love aired in 2009 on Channel 4. Lizzie is also a singer songwriter and co-curator/co-producer of Almanac, creating out of the ordinary nights of theatre and music, and in this capacity has managed Grants for the Arts funding on three separate shows. In October 2008 Lizzie was Artistic Director of ‘Similarities and Differences’ a cross disciplinary show for Liverpool Irish Festival, commissioning and coordinating artists to create new work exploring the links between the black and Irish communities in Liverpool. In July 2005, 06 and 07 she was co-programmer and administrator for Everyword New Writing Festival, a week long programme of play readings, workshops and interactive sessions at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.
Lindsay Rodden is a writer and dramaturg. Her recent work as a writer includes Man With Bicycle, ’73 (The Miniaturists, Arcola Theatre); A Modest Proposal (Agent 160 tour, Chapter Arts/The Arches/Theatre 503);You Can Take It With You (an installation performance with All Across The Telegraphs); Letters (The Miniaturists); The Almond Tree (State of Wonder/Everyword); Endz (a verbatim play for Liverpool Everyman tour); and adventures in theatre and music with Almanac (a company she founded with playwright Lizzie Nunnery) including Radical City (Everyman) and Stories in the Walls (a site-specific show for the Morden Tower, Newcastle-upon-Tyne). Recent dramaturgy includes My Life in Dresses (Project Arts Centre, Dublin/national tour).
Amman Paul Singh Brar is an MA Graduate in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He devised a two man show for Contact Theatre ‘Something Missing’ (2004). He was Artist in Residence at Tamasha Theatre Company (sponsored by ACE) from 2005-06. He has written two plays with the Royal Court theatre, ‘Punjabi Boy’ and ‘La Vallee Blanche’. Last year he wrote a play for young people ‘Tears at Terminal Velocity’ and is currently commissioned by Tamasha Theatre Company to write a full length play, ‘The Ambrosial Hour’. He has also directed shows with Tamasha Theatre company, ‘Snookered’ by Ishy Din at the Gate Theatre (2010), assistant director on ‘All I want is a British Passport’ by Nadeem Sawallah and has directed numerous readings. He has also produced a showcase of new writing at Hampstead Theatre.
Kellie Smith has worked with companies such as Paine’s Plough, Twenty Stories High, Live Theatre Newcastle, Hampstead Theatre, The Miniaturists and BBC Writersroom. She has developed short plays for BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Three as well as two afternoon plays for Radio Four, including the recently broadcast Homeowners. She has been the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s Writer on Attachment during which time she developed her play, Breakwater, and wrote one of seven site specific plays, The Sum of Parts, She has written a new play in collaboration with the Everyman Youth Theatre, ‘I’, performed at the Liverpool Everyman, and has developed a new play for children, Tock Tick on Tutti Frutti’s ‘First Words’ project. She recently led an exceptional Arts Council funded, research and development project, You Were Me Once’ with director Chris Meads and with the support of Action Transport Theatre Company. The project investigated how a writer writes truthfully for young people, and Kellie is currently writing her play ‘Billions‘ in response. Kellie also recently took part in the Royal Courts Studio Group during which time she began developing her latest play ‘The Simple Things’. Kellie also teaches playwriting and has taught on the National’s New Views Program and has also been dramaturge on the Nationals’ Travelling Light Young Film Makers Project. Kellie is currently working with Synergy Theatre Company to deliver their ‘Write Now’ program in Prisons.
Jennifer Tuckett’s plays include I am a Superhero, which was the joint winner of the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was awarded 4 stars by The Guardian and was the best selling show in the 44 year history of the Octagon Theatre Bolton, and Kidnapping Cameron, which was recently produced at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Jennifer’s other plays include Ways You Can Survive the World (Theatre 503), An Alien’s Guide to the UK Elections (Liverpool Everyman/Nabokov), Lucy’s Brief Guide on How to be Human (Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays), The Best Tour of Love Ever (Octagon Theatre Bolton) and George Bush Saved My Life Last Night (Menagerie Theatre Company). Jennifer has been the winner of the International Student Playscript Competition, the International Playwriting Festival and a finalist for the RSC OTHER Prize and the Adrienne Benham Award for writing for young audiences. Jennifer is also a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Salford, where she created the University’s playwriting modules.
Joe Ward Munrow is a Liverpool based playwright. His first play The Laundry won the Write Now 2 Award and was produced at the Brockley Jack Theatre, London. The Laundry also won the ‘Commended’ prize in the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Bursary Award which resulted in a six month radio drama mentorship at the BBC. His second play Held was developed in conjunction with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and will receive its premiere at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio in November 2012. He is also a director and stand-up comedian having recently directed Fallen by Ella Greenhill as part of the ‘One Act Festival’ at the Lost Theatre, London and took his first full length stand-up show to the Edinburgh Festival last year.
Kim Wiltshire is a playwright and fiction writer. She completed her PhD in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University in 2010, with her thesis exploring representations of gender, her main research area, through both critical and creative work. Much of her work is issue-based, her first commission from Burnley Youth Theatre was to work with young people to write a play about the 2001 riots, Polarised, which was later adapted as a film for schools. Other commissions include a short film for Lets Go Global/Mothers Against Violence (Living To Die) and several commissions from Activ8 at Bolton Octagon exploring a range of issues including alcohol misuse (Hammered) and social cohesion (Sing When You’re Winning). She has produced two short films for Lime Art exploring substance and alcohol misuse for young people, as well as writing a short film about Cystic Fibrosis for the Transitions project. Her first short play, The Loser, a piece that came out of her PhD study, was produced by Scenepool at Camden People’s Theatre in 2009, and her first full length play, Joy With Child, was produced by Organised Chaos in 2010 in Manchester. She is currently working with her writing partner Paul Hine on Project XXX with Bolton Octagon Theatre, a piece of multimedia theatre exploring gender and the sexualisation of culture. Her most recent short fiction has been published in Commonword’s Migration Stories and in The Good Ear Review. She currently teaches scriptwriting at Edge Hill University.