Jessica Swale

Jessica is an Olivier award winning playwright, screenwriter and director.

As playwright, Jessica’s first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe) won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination. Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe) transferred to the West End starring Gemma Arterton and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Jessica is adapting Nell Gwynn as a feature film with Working Title, alongside original films for Studio Canal and Fox Searchlight, and writing the Horrible Histories movie for Altitude and in 2018 she will direct her first feature, Summerland, also starring Arterton.

Plays includes All’s Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company), Thomas Tallis (Wanamaker Playhouse), adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill), The Secret Garden, Stig of the Dump (Grosvenor Park, Chester),The Jungle Book (UK Tour) and her new play The Mission, about secret adoptions in the 1920s.

Jessica is an Associate Artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, author of a best-selling series of drama games books and she is also involved in Times Up UK, actively campaigning for greater equality and diversity across theatre and film.

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