Emma Adams

Emma was in an underground band before becoming a writer and theatre maker. She has had work commissioned for the Keats House Festival, where she led creative writing workshops, and was a writer in residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse in October 2015.

Web: http://telltaleemma.blogspot.com
THEATRE

TINY SHOES
West Yorkshire Playhouse: short play

COME TO WHERE I'M FROM: OTLEY
Paines Plough: short play in series

360 DEGREES OF HOPE
DepArts - in development

ANIMALS
Theatre503 - Oval House April 2015

'This first-rate play, as good a black comedy as there has been in ages, deserves a future with more resources.’Reviews Gate

'Animals is as funny as it is relevant, with a malevolent streak a mile wide. with its willingness to get weird, creative and disgusting it hit all my critical bases. A winner. ★★★★ London City Nights

'Adams’s play offers us an interesting and endlessly questioning insight into how we crave categorisation, yet how humanity continues to defy it.' PlaysToSee.com

'Adams’s script is witty and sharp and thoroughly enjoyable.' Time Out'

'Dripping with inverted Orwellian-inspired newspeak and almost perverse slapstick humour, Animals creates a glittering dystopia that somehow executes its departure from sanity with grace.' A Younger Theatre

FIX THIS
Space 2 - Toured September 2014
AQUAPLANE
Royal Court - Developed as part of the Invitation Group
THE HOME
Freedom Studios / Entelechy - Tour to venues in 2014.
BRIMMING (THE ENOUGH PROJECT)
Dep Arts - Two short plays (the other by Cathy Crabb) responding to the question ‘What is enough?’ Toured to Theatre in the Mill (Bradford), the Carriageworks (Leeds) and the Lowry (Manchester) in Summer 2013

Gained 4 & 4 ½ star reviews ‘Brimming is a little gem… It’s not often a play hits so many targets. Emma Adams is very clearly a name to look out for’ British Theatre Guide.

FREAKOID
Oval House

Developed as part of Mauve New World, this was performed at the Oval House and The Nightingale in Brighton. A fully-developed version was produced and performed by Emma at the Oval House in February 2013. Nominated by Offie for Most Promising New Playwright.

“Expect one-liner gags and skilfully characterised comedic rhetoric. Look out for a twist at the end. I can recommend this highly.” Female Arts ****

“Whip-smart… one of the most inventive pieces of theatre I have seen in a very long time. You could go see this production and tell your grandchildren how you saw that Emma Adams before she got famous.” Planet London

“We laugh but the audience is cast as the interrogative authority and it’s an unsettling moment when we realise our complicity in the persecution of this vulnerable lady: we are the reason she is not allowed to wear shoes, we are the reason she cannot leave this room.” Exeunt

NORTHERN BIG BOARD
Chol / Slung Low

Play for performance in November 2012 at Shipley swimming pool, alongside community work and displays by the local diving team and synchronised swimmers.

360 DEGREES OF HOPE
West Yorkshire Playhouse

In development; started while Writer in Residence during the New Writing Season 2012

YOU: THE PLAYER
West Yorkshire Playhouse

Play/interactive adventure for audience to play in the theatre, in collaboration with Look Left Look Right and four other writers.

HOPE BEATS FEAR 3-2-1
Forest Fringe

Commissioned for the Edgelands Flash Conference as a ‘provocation’ for one of the four discussions.

LITTLE GEMS
Peepolykus

Commissioned for the Edgelands Flash Conference as a ‘provocation’ for one of the four discussions.

UGLY
Red Ladder

Directed by Rod Dixon and toured nationally in Autumn 2010. Published by Oberon

“Ugly is challenging in the literal sense that it takes you to task on your every perception of the piece, presenting a world of impossible moral choices which will likely resonate through your daily life for some time after… Relentlessly bleak and devastatingly funny.” Dig Yorkshire *****

“An incredibly well written script.”Yorkshire Post

“Ugly is challenging in the literal sense that it takes you to task on your every perception of the piece, presenting a world of impossible moral choices which will likely resonate through your daily life for some time after… Relentlessly bleak and devastatingly funny.” Dig Yorkshire *****

“An incredibly well written script.”Yorkshire Post

“See Ugly and I guarantee that you will see your neighbour and the fate of this planet in a whole new light.” Stage Beauty

“Audiences cannot be anything but intrigued by Ugly.” What’s On Stage.com ****

“How many marketing experts would have had a heart attack at a play called Ugly? Yet there is no better title for a visceral and emotional play that wants to hit you in the solar plexus with its message and warning about global warming.” Yorkshire Post

FORGOTTEN THINGS
Red Ladder

Directed by Rod Dixon and John Barber, this was toured in 2008 and 2009 and had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2009. Shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award 2009.

“There's much to commend in Red Ladder Theatre's 'Forgotten Things', written by Emma Adams. As a journey into a dysfunctional family, it is an absorbing experience with strong themes and difficult images.” Broadway Baby

“Thinking theatre.” The Stage

RADIO
A FRESH START
Slung Low

Part of 15 Minutes Live at Leeds Town Hall, directed by Alan Lane and recorded in front of a live audience in September 2012.

ANGELS AND ALIENS
Slung Low

Co-commissioned with I Love West Leeds Arts Festival, Emma and five other writers wrote short plays recorded in front of a live audience as part of 15 Minutes Live.

Four stars from Yorkshire Post: “Emma Adams’ typically ambitious story… Achingly beautiful. Poignant and funny, it was a joy.”

THE SILVER HAMMER GATED COMMUNITY RADIO HOUR
2x30’ episodes produced for Interplay and broadcast on I Love West Leeds Festival Radio 2007
FILM
THE BIG BAD
Afan Films

Development funding from Screen Yorkshire; co-production deal with Future Films.

RIPE

10’ film funded by UK Film Council and shown at the ICA / Halloween Short Film Festival, London, in January 2004

ELIPTICUS

3 ½’ film shown at the Leeds International Film Festival 2000, Bang Short Film Festival, Nottingham 2000, The Taos Film Festival in New Mexico 2001, The Leeds Short Film Festival 2001, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival 2002 and Antimatter – Festival of Underground Short Film and Video 2003.