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My new play Little Potatoes is a powerful, bittersweet comedy-drama set in China about marriage, mothers and family planning. It will be performed as part of a New Writing Festival at the Egg Theatre Bath, at the Bath Fringe on the Bath Theatre Bus, at Clifton Library in Bristol and at the Edinburgh Festival.  Click here for full details and to buy tickets.

An extract from Little Potatoes was chosen to be part of Pokfulam Road’s showcase Foreign Goods Last Forever.  It was performed at the Arcola Theatre in London in January.  For more info click here.

‘Michelle Wen Lee and Sarah Curwen shine in Leftovers by Clare Reddaway, a highlight with its sensitive treatment of matchmaking mothers.’  Review of Foreign Goods 3, Arcola Theatre, A Younger Theatre.

My short monologue Love, Ruby was shortlisted by The Female Gaze for their event celebrating female filmmakers.

Other news:

Story Friday  – the next Story Friday is on March 9th 2018 and has the theme ‘Home’. If you’d like to come along and listen to some stories, or if the theme sparks your imagination and you’d like to submit a story, full details are here. Alongside Story Fridays, I run monthly creative writing workshops at my home in Bath. Full details and to book click here.   

The Red Court,  my play set in modern China, won a national competition run by the Confucius Institute and was taken to Shanghai this summer.  Although we were not allowed to perform the play (to find out more click here), I hope that the Shanghai Theatre Company will be producing it in Shanghai soon. 

I’m thrilled that my short play The Rift was developed and performed as part of the 4x15 new writing evening at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield in April. The Rift is a surreal modern folk tale about contemporary Britain. The Rift is receiving a rehearsed reading as part of the New Writing Festival at the Theatre Royal in Bath in April.  

I was very pleased that my monologue Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil was chosen by Pint-sized to be part of their February showcase at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge. Pint-sized feature “some of the best new writing talent in the UK”.  I was thrilled to have the wonderful writer Stella Feehily as my mentor. You can follow Pint-sized on Facebook.

A beautiful piece of writing,” Stella Feehily, playwright, on Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil.

I Said Nomy full length play about conscientious objectors in World War One, had a successful run at the Rondo Theatre in Bath and at the Bath Quaker Meeting HouseI Said No was directed by Carolyn Csonka and is a Rapscallion Theatre production.

My short radio play Very Shirley Valentine was recorded some time ago by the Radio Theatre Group.  It recently received another playback session - ‘people love it, it feels very fresh’ (Charlotte Simon, Radio Theatre Group) - and will soon be transmitted on UCH Hospital Radio to the patients at the UCH in London.  On another hospital radio station, Radio Stortford, my story A New Religion has recently been broadcast.  

My short story The Avocet was published in the Bath Short Story Anthology 2016. The Avocet is also published in a new magazine Project Calm.

My short story The Vigil got through the first round of the NYC Midnight Competition. Judge’s feedback: This short story is a joy to read.  There is an elemental human quality in the story which is appealing to every reader. It is a universal quality which makes reading this fiction such a pleasure and a delight.’