I’m currently writing for Casualty, CBBC and a one-off 45 minute drama for BBC1.
CASUALTY (2020) Co-writer
Series 34, episode 36
BBC Studios / BBC1
Director: John Maidens
A special episode (which has been nominated for a Rose D’Or) following deaf nurse Jade as she meets her biological mother for the first time. Things do not go as expected and we find out about the effects of deafness on three generations of Jade’s family. This landmark episode featured special sound design and was made by a team including five deaf people in key production roles, with Deaf actors Gabriella Leon and Sophie Stone, director John Maidens and myself and Sophie Woolley co-writing. The episode aired on 11th July 2020.
Publicity: BBC Writersroom blog / Digital Spy: Casualty proves importance of representation behind the camera / Drama Quarterly: Turning Up the Volume on Hidden Disability / What’s On TV interview with Gabriella Leon. Post-show livestream on Facebook.
EASTENDERS (2020) Story Consultant
Long-running storyline and special ‘silent’ episode, spring/summer 2020
BBC Studios / BBC1
I created and pitched the storyline about Ben Mitchell’s deafness for Eastenders, the ‘silent episode’ and the introduction of the character of Frankie, the show’s first deaf character. The key to the storyline is how the two characters see their deafness very differently. I worked as Story Consultant on the storyline for over 6 months, feeding back on story documents and scripts, and consulted with writer Simon Ashdown on the groundbreaking ‘silent’ episode, from Ben’s perspective, which aired on 1st June 2020.
Blogs: BBC Writersroom blog.
MY SONG (2011) Writer
C&B Films / BSLBT, Film 4/Community Channel
Director: William Mager
A coming of age story which follows Ellen, a young deaf girl stuck in the middle of the deaf and hearing worlds. Feeling as though she doesn’t fit in, Ellen learns sign language, attempting to enter the deaf world by taking part in a sign song competition in London. However Ellen is about to find her journey more difficult than she first thought.
My Song premiered on the Community Channel and Film Four (on UK digital TV) on 23rd May 2011. It can be seen in full online at http://www.bslbt.co.uk/programmes/my-song/
Actors: Lara Steward, Cassie Raine, Daryl Jackson, David Hay, Will Dunn, Linda Richards
Awards: Best short film, Deaf in the Picture (Amsterdam) 2011, Best actress, Clin d’Oeil (Reims, France) 2011, Shown at Brighton International Festival 2011, Adelaide Film Festival (Australia) 2015.
Reviews: DaDa South, ITV SignPost, D-PAN Interview, I look so I can hear (blog),
DEPARTURE LOUNGE (2009) Writer
‘Departure Lounge’ is about two deaf men who become friends in hospital, one a terminally ill pensioner, the other a disillusioned teenage porter. At different stages of their life, their friendship gives them hope for the future when they consider the possibility of a “deaf heaven.”
Actors: Hal Draper, David Sands, Abi Gorman, Patsy Palmer
Awards: Merit Award, SuperFest – Berkeley, California, USA (2011), Best Film of Festival, Deaffest Film Festival – Wolverhampton, UK (2010), Best Short Film, Ippocampus Ciak – Milan, Italy (2010), Audience Choice Award, Ippocampus Ciak – Milan, Italy (2010)
MINE (2013, theatre)
When Annie, who is Deaf, meets Sam, who is hearing, in a cafe, the conversation is tense and awkward. Sam can’t sign and Annie can’t lipread him. Why are they meeting? And can they find a connection? Meanwhile, Annie’s husband Roy is ill and he’s getting worse. What can we read into his visions? This play was researched with the help of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, and was shown as part of Deafinitely Theatre’s scriptwriting showcase, 4Play. Mine featured projection, multimedia and voiceover.
Director: Jeni Draper
Actors: Jean St Clair, John Wilson, Chris Kelham
Reviews: Stage and Sign, Deaf Capital
LIPSTICK AND LOLLIPOPS (2008, theatre)
‘Lipstick & Lollipops’ follows Isabel, a Deaf teenager who moves to London with her mother. Unsettled, Isabel rebels by escaping to a late night party. As the night unfolds, Isabel confronts the past she has been hiding for so long. Toured the UK and had a two-week London run at the Drill Hall Theatre.
Director: Paula Garfield
Actors: Diana Martin, Charley Arrowsmith, David Sands, Chris Curran, Hannah Timms
Reviews: Disability Now, BBC Ouch