The award-winning playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell will be taking part in the project Read, Play, Meet, Repeat organized in Madrid by Bella Batalla, Esto Podría Ser and El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze in collaboration with the British Council / New UK Drama.
Phoebe Eclair-Powell is a writer from South East London. Frequently making use of comedy as a “really good way of getting across a message”, Phoebe writes plays that explore such sensitive issues as identity, motherhood, youth or class. Her first full-length drama to be staged, WINK was prompted partly by her own obsession with Facebook and Instagram and is about personal identity and how it is shaped in an age of ubiquitous technology and social media. It tells the story of a 27-year-old teacher and a teenage pupil whose lives become embroiled online — an arena in which they are not who they say they are, with explosive results. Her next play Fury is a modern-day version of the Medea story, exploring issues around motherhood and class and focussing on the predicament of a young single mum in London. With a plot centred on a lie and the snowballing cover-up that ensues, Epic Love and Pop Songs is a two-hander about teenage friendship and the pressures of growing up.
In 2015 Phoebe’s debut play WINK at Theatre503 received rave reviews and four Off West End Nominations including ‘Most Promising New Playwright’. Her next play, Fury, was runner up for the Verity Bargate Award 2015, received the Soho Young Writer’s Award and received an Offie nomination for ‘Best New Play’. For 2016-17 Phoebe was the resident playwright at Soho Theatre through the Channel 4 Playwright scheme. Her play Epic Love and Pop Songs premiered at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh in 2016. In 2017 Phoebe adapted The Picture of Dorian Gray for the Watermill Theatre, which toured schools and village halls.
Phoebe also writes and edits scripts for television. Earlier this year her play These Bridges was part of the National Theatre Connections Festival. Phoebe is under commission from Fremantle Australia, Soho theatre and Newcastle Live theatre. She also occasionally writes for the television series Hollyoaks.
Phoebe Eclair-Powell will visit Madrid on 1st and 2nd March 2019.
You’re welcome to attend a dramatized reading of her works at the Pavón Kamikaze Theatre on Saturday 2nd March at 12.00h (free admission while space is available)