One Act Play Writers

Steve Waters

Steve Waters’ many plays include IGNORANCE/JAHILIYYAH (Hampstead), THE CONTINGENCY PLAN and LITTLE PLATOONS (The Bush theatre), FAST LABOUR  (Hampstead/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and WORLD MUSIC(Sheffield Crucible/Donmar Warehouse). As well as writing frequently for radio, Steve also teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and recently released a book, THE SECRET LIFE OF PLAYS (Nick Hern).

Steve has contributed to Hotbed on many occasions and Menagerie produced his play OUT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE in 2007-8.  He is currently under commission to Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Donmar Warerhouse.


Jane Upton

Jane Upton is a new playwright from the East Midlands. In summer 2012, after an eight-year career in PR and Marketing, she gave up office life to live in the Isle of Wight and focus on her writing work.

Her first play BONES was produced in Derby as part of a scratch night in 2010. From there it went on to attract critical acclaim at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on a national tour in 2012, all with Fifth Word Theatre. Also in 2012, Jane’s short play YOU, ME AND THE REST OF THEM was selected as winner of New Perspectives’ Dream Up competition. The play was produced and performed in four venues across the East Midlands.

Since 2005, Jane has also been an associate artist with 1623 theatre with whom she is currently working on a new project based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. This is her first time working with Menagerie.


Richard Fredman

Richard Fredman is currently Head of Drama at Hills Road Sixth Form College and Artistic Director of its training company Babolin Theatre, for whom he is about to write his eighth piece, SENTINELS. He is also developing a project exploring myth and migration in Icelandic culture for Night Light Theatre.

Richard’s play FOUR FOR JERICHO was written for Menagerie and performed at Hotbed 2010. It then went on to tour the East of England. After its performance at the Edinburgh Fringe the play was invited to be performed at the Think Fest 2011 in Goa, India.