Often when directing new writing Sophie undergoes an R&D journey with the script pre-production and provides support to the writer in developing their play. She also carries out this work as a freelance dramaturge. This process usually involves script development workshops which utilise the imaginations and instincts of actors. She is committed to realising clarity and focus in her work and enjoys creating a fertile, imaginative and sensitive rehearsal room.
Sophie is continually involved in developing new work and building relationships with writers and companies alike. Should you wish to start a conversation or introduce your work please use the contact page or email on email@example.com.
Skint, Rosie Kellett, National Theatre Studio
The Five Stages of Waiting, Caro Dixey, Vertical Line Theatre Company, Old Red Lion Theatre*
Fucking Outside the Box, Jessica Burgess, Calder Bookshop Theatre*
Water Under the Bridge, Sandra Thompson-Quartey, Writer’s Avenue, Soho Theatre
Freelance Dramaturgy Projects:
Skint, Rosie Kellett, VAULT Festival, The Vaults
Naked, Jessica Burgess, VAULT Festival, The Vaults
Hush by Moon Mission in association with Patch of Blue, Gilded Balloon
Super Hero Snail Boy by Vertical Line in association with Greenwich Theatre, Bedlam Theatre
Sophie has worked as a dramaturge and a director on multiple new plays. At the core of her work is a passion for supporting the development of the writer’s voice. She has experience working on a range of styles and content (including politically engaged comedy and children’s theatre). Sophie works both as a freelance dramaturge on productions and also provides consultations to writers who are in the (re-)drafting process.
Individual sessions are £30. Please use the contact page to arrange an appointment or should you have any questions.
‘Sophie worked with me in the re-drafting process of Superhero Snail Boy as I prepared for the Edinburgh Festival and a subsequent national tour. I cannot credit her input highly enough. She was committed, passionate and offered countless precious ideas, particularly in terms of re-structuring the narrative arc of the piece. She was also a much needed voice of reason throughout the editing process. There is no doubt in my mind that without her the show would not have been the success that it was. ‘ – Lizzie Muncey, Writer
‘I met Sophie in 2012 when she directed an extract of my writing. Since then she has been my dramaturg, my director, my advisor, confidant and friend. Choosing Sophie to direct of my first full length production was the easiest and best decision I have made as a writer and I cannot recommend her to others highly enough. In the rehearsal room she directs with calm instinct and a reactionary versatility I have yet to observe elsewhere. Her reverence for the text and honest, learned opinion in script development is a superb balance that every writer should experience. Sophie’s success is borne from hard work, skill, extraordinary talent and a heart full of passion that she brings to every task or challenge she is presented with.’ – Caro Dixey, Writer
‘Sophie worked with me on my two most recent plays, Fucking Outside the Box and Naked, both of which debuted at VAULT Festival (2014 and 2015.) I found her to be an exceptionally thorough, dynamic and intelligent dramaturg, with a dedicated work ethic and an approach to script development that was as perceptive as it was unique. I trust Sophie’s opinion above all others and her workshops and notes are now an integral part of my creative process. I couldn’t write without her.’ – Jessica Burgess, Writer
‘Vertical Line Theatre have worked with Sophie on numerous occasions in many different capacities where she has excelled at the highest level. Her facilitation work as the Dramaturg on our national tour of Superhero Snail Boy was imperative to the process. Her meticulousness and engagement to the world of the play was infectious and she really helped build the world around the script. Working in tandem with the director, they built a solid foundation which stood the actors and the creative team in good stead for the rehearsal process. I would absolutely recommend her.’ – Henry Regan, Artistic Director of Vertical Line Theatre Company