Hattie Naylor is an award-winning writer. Plays include IVAN AND THE DOGS (nominated in the Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement, and winner of the Tinniswood Award in 2010), the critically acclaimed GOING DARK with Sound&Fury Young Vic, The Science Museum 2013/14 Critics Choice, BLUEBEARD directed by Lee Lyford for their company Gallivant (Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic 2013), THE DIARIES OF SAMUEL PEPYS (nominated Best Radio Drama 2012), THE AENEID (nominated in the BBC Audio Awards for Best Radio Adaptation 2013). Opera includes ODYSSEUS UNWOUND with composer Julian Grant for Têtê à Têtê, PICCARD IN SPACE with composer Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) for the Electronica Festival at the Southbank 2012 and broadcast on Radio 3. WEIGHTING for the circus company Extraordinary Bodies is currently touring.
Other work includes THE FRENCH DETECTIVE AND THE BLUE DOG (2012) THE NUTCRACKER (2009) for Theatre Royal Bath ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2007) for the Tobacco Factory, all co-written with Paul Dodgson, and MOOMINLAND MIDWINTER with Horse and Bamboo and The Egg. Work for young people includes: THE ODYSSEY (published Methuen 2008), BEN HUR Theatre Royal Bath 2010, COMFORT Islington Community Theatre 2011, and CLAUSE 39 for Salisbury Playhouse Young Peoples Theatre Company 2015 performed in the Salisbury Cathedral as part of Magna Carta celebrations.
Naylor studied Dance at Nottingham Trent University before attending Cheltenham Art College. She then went on to study Fine Art at the Slade School of Art, specializing in Sound and Text under Stuart Brisley. She has also completed one year of study on Phil Parker’s Screen Writing MA, London College of Printing. After college she set up and ran Puzzle Club with David Ellis. She runs her own theatre company Gallivant with Lee Lyford, and has taught internationally. She is currently lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University for Screen and Stage.
Work in development includes the puppet opera THE DEPRAVED APPETITE OF TARRARE THE FREAK with Wattle and Daub, THE LETTERS OF PLINY for Radio 4, and a play concerning consciousness and hallucinogens with Scientists from Imperial College London: THE LIBERTY CAP for Radio 4 and Holy Mountain. She is also working on two new theatre commissions, one with Sarah Franckom for The Royal Exchange, and one withMelly Still for Bristol Old Vic. BLUEBEARD is in development with Casa Dei Teatra in Rome.
IVAN AND THE DOGS has been translated into seven languages with new productions in New York, Tbilisi, Athens, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires winning a number of awards in Brazil and Argentina. The play is in development for film with Salon Pictures and the BFI with director Andrew Kotting (Gallivant, Swansdown).