Hi there!

I’m a writer from Nottingham.

In 2011, my nana died, my first play sold out in Edinburgh and I split from my long-term partner. It was one of those times when everything sort of shifts. You know what I mean.

A few months later, I left my marketing job after eight years and moved to the Isle of Wight to work as a waitress for a while. When the cafe closed for the winter, I started to write full time. At first I was writing marketing copy, but for the last few years I’ve been writing plays and learning about the world of theatre.

It’s a steep learning curve, and at the moment I’m gathering experiences and finding out how different processes work and what it really means to be a writer (apparently it ain’t just about spewing your inner turmoil onto a page). And amazingly, in 2016 I was jointly awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award, which made everything a lot more real.

This website is where I post information on what I’m doing. So if you’re interested, have a look and get in touch. Some effortlessly cool people say that only idiots have their own websites. But sometimes it helps me out with stuff, so I just keep it.

Oh yeah, and a little while ago I had a baby. Which sort of floored me for a while. It’s crazy-beautiful, sweaty, sticky and really bloody tiring. And my pelvic floors aint what they used to be. But it’s teaching me all sorts of stuff. And I’m getting back into the writing too.

That’s me below, by the way, dicking around with my old mate George. I’ve lost that ring. Shame. I loved it.

PS I am represented by agent Micheline Steinberg.
micheline@steinplays.com / info@steinplays.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4 thoughts on “Hi there!

  1. Jane,
    I have only just heard about Bones. I am also from Nottingham (the former northern coalfields) and am an international crime fiction novelist who has a movie in production based on my character OSCAR PHELPS and who has been an expatriate for almost 20 years. I missed to a great extent the degeneration of my city. I missed the gunfire of Sneinton and St.Annes and the drugs and the prostitution and the filth and the racially motivated gang warfare. It seems you have encapsulated it within your opening production. Well done, though I am obviously sorry that the Nottingham and its people you depict have deteriorated so much. Such is life.
    Enjoy your time in the spotlight why you can and enjoy the Mr. Whippy. (How I envy you that.) It appears from afar that you have capitalised upon a great bit of social commentary and that it has hit home hard. People always like to look at themeselves, look at Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Sillitoe) and Nottinghamshire people are a great source of material and we share most probably the worst accent on the planet. Still, I am not sorry that we do. Good luck with Bones and with future endeavours. I will get Oscar Phelps to friend Bones at Facebook. DBG

  2. Hi Jane,
    Have something on today so I saw the play last night at Tristan Bates. Enjoyed the dynamism and intensity of the play and the acting of Joe Doherty was brilliant.
    The information hand out indicated that the play script was available to buy but the theatre dd not have any. How can I get hold of a copy please?

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