Abigail and Emma studied Scriptwriting for Film and Television at the University of Sussex and also attended Robert McKee’s legendary Story Seminar. They have gone on to write a number of scripts for television and film. Our sitcom “What Next”, directed by Cal McCrystal, won the prestigious Sitcom Mission Competition, and was optioned by Hat Trick Productions. Their short film “Flaws’ has been entered for several festivals, and they have filmed a pilot for a new series “Fleapit”, created in collaboration with Spymonkey Theatre Company.
Abigail has written, devised and performed work with many companies including, Trestle Theatre Company, Told by an Idiot, Compagnie Philippe Gaulier, Keith Johnstone, The Gate Theatre. She co-wrote, devised and directed “For the Love of Chocolate” with Amanda Waring who was nominated for Best Actress at the Brighton Festival.
Other theatre credits include research workshops for Theatre de Complicite and Peepolykus Theatre Company and assistant director for Cambridge Footlights.
She devised and directed “The Magic of Christmas” at the NEC. A live Christmas Event with five performance areas including street theatre, UV puppet show, and a promenade pantomime.
She teaches extensively at drama schools and universities, including LISPA, Mountview, ALRA, Royal Court Young People’s Theatre, Middlesex University and City and Islington College.
She trained at East 15 drama school, Ecole Philippe Gaulier and LISPA.
Emma was joint artistic director of Facepack Theatre Company since 1991. creating shows and education throughout Britain and Europe. The award-winning company has been featured in The Guardian and Times Educational Supplement for our outstanding work with young people. She recently wrote and directed Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley, a unique interactive puppet show, commissioned by Moomin Characters and performed at The Southbank Imagine Festival and in residence at Kew Gardens.
She is a freelance teacher, director and dramaturg offering a variety of skills-based workshops for universities, schools and colleges. She specialises in a range of skills, particularly Clown, Commedia del Arte, Mask and script-writing.
After studying Creative Arts at Manchester, she in trained in Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. She also trained with Trestle, Commotion, Improbable, Theatre de Complicite, David Glass and Moving Picture Mime.
And here’s a picture of us with our very excellent technical manager, Alex Reg Scott. What a dream team!
HOW TO WRITE A SITCOM: Emma and Abigail on winning the Sitcom Mission competition, feature article for FunnyWomen.com