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I’m a writer, performer of theatre, radio and literature. I’m currently a Clore Fellow (2018-2019), supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust. I’m also part of the BBC Writers Room Access Group.
In 2018 my Unlimited R&D and Arts Council supported one person show, Augmented, (directed by Rachel Bagshaw), won the Pulse Festival Suitcase Day Prize in June 2018, and was part of the FiRST BiTE season of work in progress shows at Ovalhouse in July. Augmented, followed by an access design R&D at The Bush. I appeared in a Told By An Idiot show, Let Me Play the Lion Too, directed by Paul Hunter. I was lead artist at Ovalhouse Adult Company Solo Show Course.
I’ve written stage plays and BBC Radio plays. 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), Ellen in Midnight Cry of the Deathbird, BBC Radio 3, DRAGONFLY, written by Katie Hims/BBC Radio 4, CAST OFFS (Channel 4). Online you can see me play a hearing TV presenter in my spoof series, Deaf Faker .
I was an attached writer at Soho Theatre in 2006 and won a place on the Channel 4 screenwriting course.
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