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Penelope Skinner
© Bronwen Sharp

Penelope Skinner

Writer

Agent
Giles Smart
Assistant: Jennifer Thomas
+44 (0)20 3214 0934
About

Penelope's newest two plays will premiere in 2015 & 2016 at the Royal Court and Manhattan Theater Club. 

Penelope's play, THE VILLAGE BIKE, played a sell-out run at the Royal Court in the summer of 2011 where it received rave reviews and was twice extended.  The play won the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and was nominated at the 2012 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.  It also had a rehearsed reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club as part of their 7@7 series of readings and received its regional premiere at the Sheffield Crucible Studio in September 2012.

It was revived in New York in 2014 by the MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (off-Broadway), directed by Sam Gold and starring Greta Gerwig as 'Becky'.

THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN played at the Sheffield Crucible Studio at the end of November 2011, in a co-production with Paines Plough and subsequently transferred to Shoreditch Town Hall in the autumn of 2012.

FRED'S DINER, played in the summer of 2012 at the Chichester Festival Theatre's Theatre on the Fly performance space (created especially for their 50th Anniversary celebrations).

Penelope has also written episodes for all four series of FRESH MEAT, the Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong comedy for Objective Productions / Channel 4.

She is currently under commission to the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Headlong Theatre.

EIGENGRAU played at the Bush Theatre in the Spring of 2010 to critical acclaim and was longlisted for the ES’s Most Promising Playwright Award.

Penelope's first play, FUCKED, opened at the Old Red Lion in 2008, was a sell-out smash hit and Critics' Choice in TIME OUT.  The play made a triumphant return to the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

Her first graphic novel, BRIONY HATCH, co-written with her sister, Ginny Skinner, has been published by Limehouse Books.

She is currently under commission to Headlong Theatre. 

US representation: Scott Chaloff at WME (New York) and David Karp and Erin Junkin at WME (Los Angeles).

Gallery
In Development
ProductionCompanyNotes
COMEDY COMMISSIONC4/Hannah Mackay ProductionsCo-written and Created with E V Crowe
IN REAL LIFEWorking TitleOriginal screenplay commission
LINDA
(2015)
Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre DownstairsDir. Michael Longhurst
Starring Kim Cattrall
THE VILLAGE BIKEDaybreak PicturesFilm adaptation of THE VILLAGE BIKE
Film
ProductionCompanyNotes
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
(2014)
Working Title FilmsCo-written with Michael Hirst
Dir. Susanne Bier
Starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary
HOW I LIVE NOW
(2013)
Cowboy Films / Film4 / Passion Pictures / Prospect Entertainment / Protagonist Entertainment / UK Film CouncilDir. Kevin Macdonald
Other credited writers: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni and Meg Rosoff
Starring Saoirse Ronan
Television
ProductionCompanyNotes
FRESH MEAT - SERIES 4 - EP.3
(2015)
Objective Productions/ Channel 4TX: October 2015
FRESH MEAT - SERIES 3 - EP. 6
(2013)
Objective Productions / Channel 4
FRESH MEAT - SERIES 2 - EP. 5
(2012)
Objective Productions / Channel 4
FRESH MEAT - SERIES 2 - EP. 4
(2012)
Objective Productions / Channel 4Additional material
FRESH MEAT - EP. 4
(2011)
Objective Productions / Channel 4Additional material
TX: 12 Oct 2011
FRESH MEAT - EP. 3
(2011)
Objective Productions / Channel 4TX: 05 Oct 2011
Theatre
ProductionCompanyNotes
THE VILLAGE BIKE
(2014)
MCC Theater at Lucille Lortel Theatre, New YorkDir. Sam Gold
With Greta Gerwig
**Nominated - Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards)**
OPEN SEASON - THE BIG IDEA: AGE
(2013)
Royal Court TheatreCo-Curated with D C Moore
Part of Royal Court's Open Court season
THE PROMISE
(2012)
Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar StudiosDirected by Alex Sims
New version of play by Aleksei Arbuzov
FRED'S DINER
(2012)
Chichester Festival Theatre - Theatre on the FlyDirected by Tim Hoare
Performed in CFT's new performance space, Theatre on the Fly, created for their 50th Anniversary celebrations
Published by Oberon Books
THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN
(2011)
Paines PloughPart of the Roundabout Season
2012: Shoreditch Town Hall
2011: Sheffield Theatres
Published by Faber & Faber
THE VILLAGE BIKE
(2011)
Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre UpstairsDirected by Joe Hill-Gibbins
* Winner of 2011 George Devine Award
* Winner of Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award at 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards
* Nominated for 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Published by Faber & Faber
THE VILLAGE BIKE has had further productions in Sheffield, Germany, Czech Republic and France
GREENLAND
(2011)
National Theatre - Lyttelton TheatreCo-written with Moira Buffini, Matt Charman & Jack Thorne
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
Published by Faber & Faber
EIGENGRAU
(2010)
Bush TheatreDirected by Polly Findlay
* Longlisted for Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award at 2010 Evening Standard Theatre Awards
Published by Faber & Faber
Amateur rights handled by Samuel French Ltd.
FUCKED
(2009)
Assembly @ George Street, EdinburghDirected by Daniel Goldman
FUCKED
(2008)
Old Red LionDirected by Daniel Goldman
Radio
ProductionCompanyNotes
PLANET B - SERIES 3
(2010)
BBC Radio 7Produced by Jeremy Mortimer
THE MAN IN BLACK: THE OLD ROAD
(2009)
BBC Radio 7
SCRATCH
(2008)
BBC Radio 3Interactive radio play
MURDER IN THE TOILET
(2006)
Cookham FM1 hour original radio play
Other
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BOOKS
BRIONY HATCHLimehouse BooksCo-written with Ginny Skinner
Longlisted for best book at the 2014 British Comic Awards
FRESH MEAT: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR NEW UNDERGRADUATES/THE FUTURE UNEMPLOYED
(2012)
Objective ProductionsAs Contributor