Jessica gave a short talk on Top Ten Tips for Writing – or 10 things I wish I’d known when I started! There was time for a Q & A about both writing & directing.


About Jessica


Jessica is an award winning playwright and director. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and Exeter University.

As a writer, Jessica’s first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2012) won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination and is now on the GCSE drama syllabus. Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015) transferred to the West End starring Gemma Arterton, receiving four Olivier nominations, including Best Comedy. Jessica is currently writing the screenplay for Working Title, as well as writing the Horrible Histories movie. Other writing includes All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company), Thomas Tallis (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill) and The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park, Chester) and two new plays, The Mission, about illegal adoptions in the 1920s for Arts Ed and The Playhouse Apprentice. In 2012 she won a BAFTA JJ Screenwriting Bursary.

As director, Jessica set up Red Handed Theatre Company in 2006. Their work includes The Belle's Stratagem (Evening Standard Best Director 2012 nomination), The Busy Body, The Rivals, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse), The School for Scandal (Park Theatre) and Palace of the End (Arcola). Other credits include Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse), Bedlam (Shakespeare's Globe), Winter (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada) and Sleuth, Sense and Sensibility and Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre).

Jessica is also an Associate Artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, which uses theatre as a development tool in war-torn countries. She is author of a best-selling series of drama games books, published by Nick Hern.