2017 Programme Writers

Frances Bushe

Frances Bushe is a London playwright, whose ‘stiletto sharp observations’ of life in the capital city permeate her writing. Her first full length play The Site won The Hampstead Theatre 18-25 Write A Play competition and went on to be produced at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. She has also recently written under the direction of Inua Ellams for The National Theatre, London. She recently completed the Lyric Young Writers Programme under Olivier Award winning playwrights Simon Stephens and Bola Agbaje. Prior to this she completed The Royal Court Young Writers Programme, with Leo Butler as her tutor. She is currently developing an idea for a television series and working on her first novel for teenagers. She teaches Drama in a central London school.


Ed Birch

This is Ed’s first ever staged piece of work, and indeed the first ever play he’s willing to admit to writing. He has, however, worked extensively in theatre, television and film as an actor, having trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include DARK MATTERS and HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS for Discovery, CASANOVA for Amazon Prime, SHERLOCK, LIFE IN SQUARES, THE EICHMANN SHOW, SILK and CASUALTY for BBC, BLETCHLEY CIRCLE and MIDSOMER MURDERS for ITV as well as films CATEGORY 5 and THEIR FINEST HOUR due for release this year.
Theatre includes CORAM BOY (Bristol Old Vic) FINER NOBLE GASSES (Theatre Royal Haymarket) HAPPY NEW (Old Red Lion) THE WELSH BOY (Theatre Royal Bath) and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regents Park Open Air Theatre)


David Kantounas

David was born in London and studied at the University of West England, Bristol. He trained at the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme and in 2010 was selected by the Old Vic New Voices as one of the most exciting young writers in the UK. In 2013 he took part in the artist in residency programme at the Takt Kunstprojektraum, in Berlin.His plays include: Warning Signs (HAU2, 2015), Waste (Shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, 2013), Bright Light (A commission for the Bush Theatre, 2013), Beach Hut (A commission for Blind Summit Theatre, 2013), The Party (Frequency Theatre, 2013), Everything Else Happened (Assembly, 2012), Home (Soho Theatre, Frequency Theatre, 2012), Gutter Junky (Assembly, 2011), Grief (Brooklyn Lyceum, Old Vic Tunnels, 2011), The Family (Public Theatre, 2010), The Arden Surgery (A commission for the Old Vic, 2010), Dogs (Hampstead Theatre rehearsed reading, 2009), The Thief (Bush Theatre reading, 2012)   David created Dream Epic Theatre in 2010 and he is an associate artist at Ugly Rhino Productions, New York and has collaborated as a writer and dramaturge with a number of theatre companies including Teatro En Vilo, Salida Productions and Single Shoe Productions. WASTE was recently shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for new writing.