You might say I’m proof that it’s definitely worth entering writing competitions. I started my career by winning both the Royal Court’s George Devine Award and Soho Theatre Company’s Verity Bargate Award, in the same year, with ‘Ashes And Sand’ and ‘Bruises’ respectively. Both plays were staged at the Royal Court and from there I gained other commissions for companies including BBC Radio 4, the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Birmingham Rep. I’ve since written for TV and Film too, including having two feature films produced. I currently work mainly as a playwright and screenwriter, but I have also won several competitions with my short fiction and had stories published both in print and online.
I most often write contemporary drama and comedy, but have also written scripts in genres including science fiction, historical and horror. Basically I just love telling a good story.
It’s an exciting time to be a scriptwriter as it’s currently a world that’s changing and diversifying as new markets open up. My commissioned work includes musicals, a circus show, podcast dramas, and an interactive audio drama.
My teaching experience includes being chief tutor on a course designed to guide students through the process of writing a ten-minute play. I’ve also taught scriptwriting to young people and been a playwriting mentor for the Arts Council England and New Writing South. In addition I currently work as a script reader for a new writing company. I’m delighted to be working with the OCA.
Full details of my work are at www.judyupton.co.uk