Award winning writer Lucy Kirkwood talked about her stage and television work followed by a Q & A. Lucy was currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. She was also developing a new screenplay for Film4 / Ruby Films. Lucy’s writing is savagely funny, highly intelligent and beautifully observed.
In 2007, Lucy graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, whilst there she wrote her first full-length stage play, Grady Hot Potato. Lucy’s next play, Guns or Butter was produced at the Terror 2007 Festival at the Union Theatre, London and was subsequently broadcast by BBC Radio.
In 2008 Lucy’s play, Tinderbox, was produced by the Bush Theatre and in the same year Hedda, her adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler was produced by the Gate Theatre, London to wide critical acclaim. Lucy’s play Psychogeography was produced as part of the Terror 2009 Festival. In the same year, Lucy’s play it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now was produced by Clean Break Theatre Co. at the Arcola Theatre. The play, which received stunning reviews, was nominated for an Evening Standard Award - Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the John Whiting Award 2010.
Lucy’s stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast co-devised and directed by Katie Mitchell was performed at the National Theatre as their Christmas show in 2011. In the same year her play The Small Hours (co-written with Ed Hime) opened at the Hampstead earlier, and her play Housekeeping was performed as part of Theatre Uncut season at Southwark Playhouse. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barrett. Her recent success, Chimerica, premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Lucy the prestigious Best New Play award at this year’s Olivier and Evening Standard Awards.
Earlier this year Lucy collaborated with Lost Dog on a Brighton Festival co-commissioned dance projectLike Rabbits, adapted from Virginia Woolf’s short story Lappin and Lapinova. Lucy also writes for television, and has written for Skins (Company Pictures) and more recently created and wrote the new series The Smoke (Kudos / Sky 1).