Biography

Imogen Joyce was born in County Durham, and moved to Calverton, a colliery village in Nottinghamshire, when she was eleven. She pursued her desire to work in theatre, first training as a singer, and then going on to study acting at Webber Douglas. Despite working for several years as an actor, she never lost her love of writing, and wrote and produced her first professional piece of playwriting, Big Mouth, at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden. It was invited for a special performance at Stoke Newington Festival, and then went on to the Edinburgh Festival. Big Mouth received the Chairman's Grant from the Foundation for Sport and Art, and was also supported by the Sir Anthony Hopkins Foundation.


Deciding to focus more on writing, Imogen attended the Watford Palace Theatre Writers' Workshop. As a result, she was asked to be the writer and facilitator on the making of an animated film with a group of young people, a project jointly funded by Watford Palace Theatre and Watford Borough Council. The film was called The Mayor Who Lied, and was a new version of the story of the Pied Piper. Taking some time out to study for a degree in Literature with the Open University, for which she got a First, she returned to playwriting last year, developing a musical, Call Centre Fairytale, with the support of Theatre Writing Partnership. Earlier this year she began working with Write Direction, a group of writers based at Mansfield Palace Theatre, led by playwright and poet, Kevin Fegan. They are currently working toward producing scripts for performance at the celebrations of the bicentenary of the theatre next year.


In May 2009, Flying Billy, Imogen's first foray in to the world of playwriting competitions, won runner-up in New Perspectives Theatre Company's "New Horizons" competition. It will be performed and recorded for broadcasting on the internet in September. She has just completed a play about a young carer, Dividing the Mask, and hopes to get funding for the development of The Unfurling of Indigo Higgins, a piece of musical theatre aimed at children and young teenagers, about the contemporary preoccupation with unrealistic body-image.



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