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I’m a writer and performer, working across theatre, TV, radio and literature. In 2019, I set up Augmented Productions, an associate company of Told by an Idiot. In March 2020 I toured my new show, Augmented to Royal Exchange Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Salisbury Playhouse. After the tour was cut short by the pandemic, the film of Augmented streamed at Gateshead International Festival, gaining further critical acclaim. Augmented is directed by Rachel Bagshaw and produced by Jenni Grainger, leading producer at Told by an Idiot.
In the summer of 2020 I was a Wellcome Collection research artist, exploring the theme of work in the archive.
In 2018 and 2019, at the Barbican, I appeared in a series of Told By An Idiot improvised performances, Let Me Play the Lion Too, directed by Paul Hunter.
Recent TV credit (as co-writer) includes Casualty (BBC1). I’ve written stage plays and BBC Radio plays, including a Carbon Cleansing, about climate crisis activists (first aired in in 2010) . You can listen to my Radio 4 sitcom Absolutely Delish (Grazing) on iTunes. In 2012, I created Bee Detective, a children’s show for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which was performed in English, British Sign Language and featured animation by James Merry. Bee Detective was directed by long time collaborator, Gemma Fairlie.
In 2017 I wrote and performed a work in progress cross arts performance piece called The Fake Interpreter, with dancer, Andile Vellem, of Unmute, at Artscape in South Africa. Other stage plays include When to Run (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, UK tour) and Fight Face (Lyric Hammersmith). I’ve also contributed to Radio 4’s Front Row and London Nights series.
Acting credits include DCI Banks (ITV), CAST OFFS (Channel 4), Ellen in Midnight Cry of the Deathbird, BBC Radio 3, DRAGONFLY, written by Katie Hims/BBC Radio 4. Online you can see me play a hearing TV presenter in my own spoof web series, Deaf Faker .
I was an attached writer at Soho Theatre, won places on the Channel 4 screenwriting course and BBC Writers’ Access Group . In 2019 I completed the Clore Leadership Fellowship and took part in the BBC Writers Room Access Group.
In 2018 I was lead artist at the Ovalhouse Adult Company solo show course in 2018.
For the back story on my cyborg hearing, read my Guardian Weekend article here.
“She’s massively talented.” Irvine Welsh.
“Woolley dazzles with her quick-change mastery.” Tom McCarthy
“Some writers have their fingers on a pulse. Woolley has hers on a trigger. You never know what she’s aiming at until it’s too late.” Nick Barlay
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