simon says, writes, does
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.
Recent work includes:
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)
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)
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.