Francis is a playwright and dramaturg based in both London and Margate. She is originally Dutch but has been working in the UK since 2010. She completed her MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths and went on to work as the Literary Manager at the Finborough from 2012-2016. Her plays have been presented at theatres including Southwark Playhouse, The Vaults, The Space, The Bread & Roses, Soho Theatre and The Pleasance. She has been longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, The BBC Writersroom Drama and The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. Francis has also co-founded Mrs C’s Collective; an associate theatre company at The Space in the Isle of Dogs. Francis’ winning play is ‘Lucy and the VR Gods’. .
Louis is a Sheffield born writer and actor living in London. His work has been performed at The Pleasance, Brixton Jamm, Brixton Base, Mountview & The Bunker Theatre. He is a member of The Goat Exchange Theatre company, performing with them recently in the US and at VAULT festival. He is an alumni of the Royal Court’s Intro to Playwriting Group. Louis’ winning play is ‘It’s Raining on Prom Night’
Leila Nashef is a playwright, performer and researcher living in London. Her work has been performed at VAULT Festival, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, the King’s Head Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and she won the VAULT New Writers Award in 2018.
"The BOLD Playwrights Scheme was an incredibly helpful, generous opportunity to work on a script with support, space, and encouragement. The dedicated, energetic team at BOLD gave huge amounts of time, energy and thought to what my story was and could be, and over the course of a year, with their guidance, the script developed enormously. The opportunity to see the play on its feet at a rehearsed reading in May was invaluable, and I’m so glad I was involved, and grateful to everyone at BOLD for their kind, insightful support."
Jaisal is a playwright and poet interested in writing about identity, multiculturalism and stories related to the Indian and Irish diasporas.
"I found being part of BOLD Playwrights a really brilliant experience. My play developed so much through collaborating with BOLD, in ways that I never could have imagined at the start. Going through a process of dramaturgy, rewriting, workshopping the play with actors and finally a rehearsed reading, felt both rigorous and a lot of fun, and taught me loads not only about my piece but also about the writing process and theatre making and collaboration generally. More than anything it was great getting to be part of BOLD, everyone was so nice and supportive, and I met lots of interesting people through the scheme. It was a super fun and creative environment to be part of."
Aaron is a Turkish/Canadian theatre & film-maker based in London. Aaron’s debut play For A Palestinian is due to be published by Methuen Drama. His previous work has won the Methuen Drama ‘Other’ Prize and the BOLD Playwrights Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Prize. He has been a member of the Royal Court Young Agitators and the London Library Emerging Writers Programme.
"BOLD Playwrights helped me kickstart my career. The support I received from Sarah challenged me to be a better and more considered writer, while the workshop with actors allowed me to see my words come to life. This scheme has opened a number of doors, which, without BOLD, might have stayed closed for a while."