simon says, writes, does

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I’m Simon, a Derbyshire-based playwright, writing facilitator and producer. I have been proud to develop my working practice in my home city, and be a part of initiatives in Derbyshire enabling disadvantaged people to access culture. My writing tends to include rural narratives, LGBTQ individuals, & more recently, care-experienced people.

My playwrighting practice blends a strong Midlands heart with a continued exploration of sexuality, belonging & ambition. I tend to write comedy-dramas, with an onus on realistic dialogue and unpicking relationships.

You can get in touch by dropping me an email here.

Recent work includes:

 

Writer:

  • Saving Mel Spencer (in development):

A short audio drama exploring how a nightmare causes chaos between a gay couple on a farm in rural Derbyshire. Commissioned by Podium.me.

  • Come To Where I Am Derby: Beau Repaire: (Online, June 2020)

A monologue-poem recounting a journey through Belper and the way we keep inhabiting our past, commissioned by Paines Plough in partnership with Derby Theatre. video

  • Bonfire (in development, Autumn 2019-Present)

[directed by Alice Fitzgerald, starring Oliver McLellan, choregraphed by Robia Milliner]

‘Bonfire’ is a tragicomic monologue-play exploring bodies, identity & the experience of a young queer digital native left to it alone in the wilderness.

The piece was recipient of the IGC Artist Support Fund 2019, with an R&D supported by Arts Council England, Déda & Derbyshire LGBT+, presented as a work in progress (Déda, Autumn 2019) with consultations for Derbyshire LGBT+ Youth Services groups in Chesterfield & Derby.

  • Island Nation – (The Space London, October 2018),

A short duologue exploring grief, sense of home and ASMR for Little Pieces of Gold.

  • Wading (Create Theatre Mansfield 2018, developed with Vision West Nottinghamshire College)

[longlisted for Royal Court’s Lynne Gagliano Award 2019]

A full-length dystopian comedy-drama set in a future Nottinghamshire, where sea levels have risen 13 metres, and society is split between those building the future and preserving the past.

  • Holly And/Or Ivy (Arcola Theatre November 2017 & Bread and Roses Theatre for The Platform January 2018)
     

  • Brave Face, (rehearsed readings, Mountview Academy 2017 & Place Theatre Bedford 2018)
     

  • Zips, From Devon With Love festival (Exeter Bikeshed 2017)

 

Participation Producer:

  • Déda, Learning Coordinator (This Is Derby & Reimagine) [Part-Time] (Jan 2019 – Present)

Leading on communications, programming & evaluation of sports & arts activity for schools & community venues in Derwent & Chaddesden as Hub Coordinator for Déda.  Reporting to Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership, working alongside Youth Workers and partnered primary & secondary schools, community centres & young people. Facilitating development of creative talent, including producing young performance companies & young poets for national symposiums.

  • Plus One Half-Term Residency with Zee Musiq (October 2020)
     

  • ‘Homegirl’ by Alex Wheatle Online Book Club (Summer 2020)
     

  • Reimagine Audio Plays (Summer 2020) online

- nine original audio dramas facilitated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

  • Care About Care, Newcastle (October 2019)

​short play co-created with care-leavers and care-experienced young people, alongside Derby Cultural Education Producer, for national ‘Care About Care?’ Conference hosted by Curious Monkey Theatre (Gosforth Civic Hall, October 2019)

 

Other:

Hubbub Theatre, Co-Producer: Development & Advocacy [Part-Time] (Dec 2019 – Present)

- Leading on major fundraising & developmental bids including successful Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund & COVID-19 Response funds.

Working alongside the Artistic Director & Co-Producer across creative production development, organisational growth & outreach plans for SEND schools & Learning Disabled orgs.

Administrates & expands company’s Board and partnerships. Achieved ‘Creativity for Good’ Mainframe 2020 award & launched successful individual giving & press campaigns.

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Simon was shortlisted for the 2021 Mainframe Award for Creative/Digital Star Under 25