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Playwright, screenwriter

Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

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Penelope Skinner is a British playwright who came to prominence after her play Fucked was first produced in 2008 at the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival to huge critical acclaim and has had successive plays staged in London including at the Bush Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where she is a member of the Young Writers Programme.


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Her play Eigengrau staged at the Bush Theatre in 2010 was a critical and box office hit and Skinner was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010.

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Skinner's play The Village Bike was her first play to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre where it had a sell out, twice-extended run starring Romola Garai and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, winning her the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2011.

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In 2011 she wrote episodes for the Channel 4 series Fresh Meat. In 2011, her play The Sound of Heavy Rain was produced by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres touring in Roundabout.

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Her play Fred's Diner was staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre's pop-up stage, following which The Independent newspaper described Skinner as "Our leading young feminist writer."

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In 2013 Skinner co-wrote the screenplay for the film How I Live Now.

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  • 2017 Linda Manhattan Theatre Club, New York; directed by Lynne Meadow
  • 2015 Linda Royal Court Theatre
  • 2015 The Ruins of Civilization premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Leah C. Gardiner
  • 2011 The Sound of Heavy Rain premiered as part of Paines Plough's Roundabout Season directed by James Grieve
  • 2011 The Village Bike premiered at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
  • 2011 Greenland co-written with Moira Buffini, Matt Charman and Jack Thorne premiered at the National Theatre directed by Bijan Sheibani
  • 2010 Come To Where I'm From Season a short play commissioned by Paines Plough premiered at the Oxford Playhouse
  • 2010 Don't Look Back premiered at the Young Vic directed by Natalie Ibu
  • 2010 Eigengrau premiered at the Bush Theatre directed by Polly Findlay
  • 2008 Fucked premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre directed by Daniel Goldman then went to the Edinburgh Festival in 2009
  • References

    Penelope Skinner Wikipedia