Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale Portrait

WRITER/DIRECTOR

As a Writer/Adaptor for Theatre, credits include: NELL GWYNN (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, West End, Shakespeare’s Globe; Dir: Christopher Luscombe); THE MISSION (Arts Ed); THE PLAYHOUSE APPRENTICE (for Dulwich College at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); THOMAS TALLIS (The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Dir: Adele Thomas); BLUE STOCKINGS (Shakespeare’s Globe; Dir: John Dove); STIG OF THE DUMP; THE SECRET GARDEN (Grosvenor Park Theatre). FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Watermill Theatre); ALL’S WILL THAT ENDS WILL (Bremen Shakespeare Theatre, Germany; Dir: Raz Shaw)

Screenwriting projects include: NELL GWYNN (Working Title; in development); HORRIBLE HISTORIES (Altitude Films, Citrus TV; in development)

In 2014 Jessica was a recipient of the JJ Screenwriting Bursary in Association with BAFTA during which she completed an original screenplay; SUMMERLAND.

As Director credits include: THE COMPLETE WALKS (THE TEMPEST, MUCH ADO & TWELFTH NIGHT) (Shakespeare’s Globe); FALLEN ANGELS (Salisbury Playhouse); FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; SENSE AND SENSIBILITY; SLEUTH (Watermill Theatre); THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (Park Theatre); THE BUSY BODY; SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME; THE BELLE’S STRATAGEM (Southwark Playhouse); ONE TURBULENT AMBASSADOR (LAMDA at Lyric Hammersmith); THE ROVER; THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (RADA); THE TEMPEST (Mostar, Bosnia-in-Herzigovina); WINTER (Newfoundland Theatre, Canada); MURDER IN SAMARKAND – a new play by Robin Soans (LAMDA The Long Project – 2011/12); MAN OF MODE (Guildhall); PALACE OF THE END (Arcola); BEDLAM (Shakespeare’s Globe); THE RIVALS (Southwark Playhouse); MAD KINGS AND ENGLISHMEN; SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (Bridewell Theatre and Tour); FINDING ALICE (A Single Leaf Co. Tricycle, Lyric and Tour); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Youth Bridge Global, Bosnia-in-Herzigovina and Tour); TWELFTH NIGHT (Bridewell Theatre); COMEDY OF ERRORS (Youth Bridge Global, Marshall Islands, South Pacific); THE GLASS TOWER (Pleasance Theatre); LOST LUGGAGE (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Workshop Performance); BAGHDAD BABY/BARE (Camden People’s Theatre) 

As Associate Director: HENRY IV PART I AND II (Shakespeare’s Globe); ANDERSEN’S ENGLISH (Hampstead Theatre & National Tour, Out of Joint); MIXED UP NORTH, DREAMS OF VIOLENCE (Out of Joint, National Tour)

Jessica is the Artistic Director of RED HANDED THEATRE COMPANY which aims to produce fresh interpretations of classics and develop new writing. She is also an Associate Director for YOUTH BRIDGE GLOBAL, an International NGO which uses theatre as a development tool and aims to instill social and linguistic skills in the participants and assist damaged communities worldwide. 

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