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Penelope Skinner

PENELOPE SKINNER  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    United Agents  represented by Giles Smart

Penelope's new play, the VILLAGE BIKE, will play at the Royal Court in the summer of 2011. the play also won the 2011 George Devine Award. Her original sitcom, UNDER-ACHIEVERS, is under option to Great Meadow Productions. She is also writing an episode of FRESH MEAT, the new Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong series for Objective Productions / Channel 4. In 2010, Penelope was invited to take part in the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Supergroup and she was also selected to be one of six writers on the 2009 Future Perfect scheme at Paines Plough. Penelope's first play, FUCKED, opened at the Old Red Lion in 2008, was a sell-out smash hit and Critics' Choice in TIME OUT. the play made a triumphANT return to the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

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        ABGELEHNT         Bytes         Come to Where I am From         Correction Method         Don't Look Back         DryFIGHT         Eigengrau         Evening With the Sisters Fortescue, An         Fred's Diner         Fucked         Greenland         Internet Shorts         Letters From the Goblin Market         Literary Ball, The         One in Five         Promise, The         Runaround, The         Scarlet's Circus         Sound Of Heavy Rain         Stationary         Traces         Untitled Play         Village Bike, The



ABGELEHNT

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Graz Theatre Festival, Austria    2007

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Bytes

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part of Rough Cuts. Four new short plays by Alia Bano, DC Moore, Nick Payne and Penelope Skinner examining and exploring our relationship to the internet. With multiple platforms on which to share our thoughts and say what we think, what is freedom of speech on the internet?

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Come to Where I am From

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Sixty one playwrights from across the UK return to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them. At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays will be performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is.

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Paines Plough

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Correction Method

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devised/collaborative work

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Blue Hug Theatre Company / Young Vic theatre    2007

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Don't Look Back

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DryFIGHT

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It's ingeniously simple. they perform twice over the weekend: each performance features four short scenes of fights, all of them beginning verbally and becoming physical. At the start of the show every audience member is given four simple coloured paper hats. Before each scene begins we are introduced via the booming PA system to each of the characters it will involve - they strut onto stage, pose and flex and grimace like Mickey Rourke, and we don a hat of a certain colour to "cast our vote" on that particular character coming out on top. Of course this is before we know anything about the nature of each fight, so it's interesting in theory to wonder what makes us side with one character over another purely on first glance. Do the women go for the women? Do we back the scrawnier man to try and predict the unpredictable? Which of the nuns looks the most muscular? As it is though, there are few easily apparent trends. All our attention really is focused on screaming out our support of whoever we have arbitrarily chosen to back. This is theatre for closet wrestling fans, quite excessively happy to suddenly be encouraged to watch Drama and make noise. As an experience it's infectious - but I fear not to be too often repeated, as only certain contexts allow it to work. I also wonder how long before the concept becomes stale - once you have seen it I doubt you'd feel the need to experience it again - unless the company push it in a new direction. In summary, we have two nuns attending a school reunion and discovering that their schoolmate of the time, who inspired both of their religious conversions, now views them with contempt. A man tries to hastily get rid of a woman after a one-night-stand, but his girlfriend bursts in on them. A jilted boyfriend challenges his ex-girlfriend's new lover to a fight to win her, which he will video for her to prove his devotion. But the final scene has an unexpected spike. Two old friends, one gay one straight, emerge from a gay club late at night, the straight one distraught having broken up with his girlfriend, and in a moment of drunken confusion makes a sexual advance on his friend. the ensuing fracas is him being fought off by his friend, who is trying only to beat sense into him. there's no-one for us to cheer for, the emotions of the piece are too true to make for easy side-taking. And the ending is horrifically unexpected and downbeat. We stop shouting long enough to think about what we have been doing. It's a canny achievement. But for all that, the show overall is too enjoyable for us not to emerge with smiles all over our faces. Guilty though they may be.
- Corinne Salisbury, British theatre Guide

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Writers include John Donnelly, Ashanti Dhawan, Matt Hartley, Joel Horwood, Phil Porter, Penelope Skinner

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East End Pub, London    2009

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DryWright

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Eigengrau

Eigengrau
Two sets of housemates, all with very different beliefs, are thrown together by circumstances as their beliefs are put to the test.

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Strawberry Vale Production presented by Western Edge Plays

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Evening With the Sisters Fortescue, An

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miniROAR for Out Of Twig / Chelsea theatre    2006

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Fred's Diner

Fred's Diner
In Freds American Diner on a busy English motorway, people dream of better lives. Youll find friendly staff and get service with a smile, but not far beneath lies a deadly secret. Penelope Skinners new play serves up a beautifully plotted, blackly comic thriller that gives an unsettling portrayal of the darker reaches of intimate relationships

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This event takes place At theatre on the Fly - A temporary new space for the next generation of theatre-makers And theatre-goers

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Oberon Books (2012) >>>    978-1849434867

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comic thriller

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Fucked

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Last night's sex was a bit like a kebab? Doner, not shish. This morning I'm coated in the greasy film of regret. Life's not looking too good for F. She's 25, down and out, and she's just spent the night with the wrong man. Again. As she's cleaning up, she finds a love story she wrote aged 12. Before she knows it, she's hurtling back to the most significant mornings-after of her life. Chronicles one girl's sexual journey from adolescence to womanhood.

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Tangram Theatre

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Greenland

Greenland
the questions we all have about the environment and the future are intricate. Knowing what and who to trust is an increasingly bewildering challenge. Only a few things are certain: every living thing is related to every other living thing; our actions have consequences; change is constant and inevitable. Seeking to understand a subject of great complexity, the National theatre has asked four of the most distinct and exciting playwrights in British theatre to collaborate on a new piece of documentary theatre. the team has spent six months interviewing key individuals from the worlds of science, politics, business and philosophy in an effort to understand our changing relationship with the planet. Greenland combines the factual and the theatrical as several separate but connected narratives collide to form a provocative response to the most urgent questions of our time.

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By Moira Buffini, Matt Charman, Penelope Skinner And Jack Thorne

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Internet Shorts

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examining and exploring our relationship to the internet

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four new short plays by Alia Bano, DC Moore, Nick Payne and Penelope Skinner. A regular mini season of short plays, experimental readings and works in progress continue, taking over the Wilson rehearsal studio

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Rough Cuts 2013

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Letters From the Goblin Market

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Out Of Twig / Arcola theatre    2006

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Literary Ball, The

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International Rough Cut

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One in Five

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One in five people faces a shameful death. Five nameless characters explore a landscape of insecurities and neuroses in this play by Penelope Skinner. Within a framework of disturbing statistics, this play narrates five tales of love, pain and the conflicts of modern life.

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Hampstead Theatre - UpstArt / Young Vic bar    2007

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Promise, The

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Set in Leningrad ravaged by the Second World War, the Promise is the story of a trio of teenagers thrown together, following their shifting allegiances through the years.

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Original Playwright - Aleksei Arbuzov

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Donmar Trafalgar

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adaptation

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Runaround, The

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Scarlet's Circus

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Play for Hampstead theatre's young company

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Heat and Light Company

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Sound Of Heavy Rain

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Cabaret singer Foxie O'Hara disappeared the same night that her best friend Maggie Brown became engaged. Desperate to find her friend Maggie hires a private detective. the more he digs in to the case the darker things become - so he ends up wondering not where is Foxie - but who is Foxie

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1st Produced:
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield    16 Nov 2011

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Paines Plough

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Stationary

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Hampstead Theatre - StArt Night    2007

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Traces

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It's the hottest day of the year. Leanne returns home to a small town in search of the past. Meet the frappuccino-swilling Goth, the young girl longing to meet her idol, the guitar-playing agoraphobic, and the man just looking for love, as they come together on a day that will change all their lives forever.

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Written by Lucinda Cardey, Laura Lomas, Penelope Skinner, Adam Taylor, Danielle Sibley And Tom Wells

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the North Wall, Oxford, Oxfordshire    10 Jul 2009

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National Youth Theatre with Future Perfect 2009, Paines Plough

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Untitled Play

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Part of the Roundabout Season

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Sheffield    2011

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Paines Plough / Sheffield Theatres in association with Bush Theatre

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Village Bike, The

Village Bike, The
Becky's pregnant and frustrated. But her husband is more interested in the baby manual than her new underwear so she turns to the porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter sends her speeding downhill towards reckless abandon. A provocative and darkly comic look at fantasy and romance.

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Penelope Skinner won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2011

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