Come To Where I Am: The Writers

Introducing the writers behind Come to Where I Am: Sheffield, presented by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres.

The new short plays are written by Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Associate Chris Bush and the cohort of writers from the inaugural group of artists supported by Sheffield Theatres' talent development hub The Bank.

For more information about The Bank, click here.

Chris Bush

Artistic Associate at Sheffield Theatres, Chris Bush is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and theatre maker.

Past work includes FAUSTUS: THAT DAMNED WOMAN (Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith/Birmingham Rep), THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd), PERICLES (National Theatre: Olivier), THE CHANGING ROOM (NT Connections), and STEEL (Sheffield Theatres). Her hit musical STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE returns to the Crucible this Christmas before transferring to the National Theatre in 2021.

Ella Hardy

Ella is a writer and artist with a background in contemporary performance and verbatim theatre. Ella has recently completed her MA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield. She is a previous resident artist with Theatre Delicatessen.

John Hunter

John's writing background is primarily in theatre, most often working with Slung Low Theatre Company with work performed at the Crucible Studio, The Lowry, Barbican and Singapore Arts Festival. He has also developed narratives for browser games and other digital amusements and, by day, works as a scriptreader for a number of TV and Film production companies.

Kat Rose-Martin

Kat started as an actor working for Northern Broadsides, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hull Truck, York Theatre Royal. Born and based in Bradford Kat works on a slate of projects and ideas across film, theatre and television. She made it to the final 4% of 2019 BBC Writers Room for Drama and the Top 10 in BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama. Her show THE CROSSLEYS is in development with Rockerdale Studios. Kat is the writer in Residence at Sneaky Experience (experiential theatre & cinema). Out of Joint workshopped her play £1 Thursdays. The Bronte Society commissioned her co-written play JANE HAIR. She is currently working on a commissioned audio series with Audible as well as MyDG, online content with BBC Children’s. Kat was commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe to write and perform her monologue APHRA BEHN and her play Pick and Mix is in development with Freedom studios. In 2020, Kat was announced as the inaugural winner of the Kay Mellor Fellowship, giving her the unique opportunity to develop a stage play at Leeds Playhouse and a TV project at Rollem Productions. She is also currently on the BBC Writersroom Northern Voices, a year-long development programme with the BBC.

Laura Lindsay

Laura is a writer, actor and theatre-maker based in Sheffield. Since graduating from actor-training in 2010, she has worked extensively on new writing and devised productions. Laura wrote and produced two full-length plays, HIDDEN (2013) and PARALLEL (2016), which toured nationally to studio theatres. She is currently developing her third play, entitled JUST. As an avid fan of Paines Plough’s work, she is thrilled to be working on this commission alongside the company.

Tim Norwood

Tim is a writer, performer, and director from Sheffield. His writing often explores mental illness and trauma, using a funny and intimate approach to make it safe for the audience.His work includes Arts Council England-supported APOCALYPSE OF THE MIND (DINA Venue 2017) and NOT YOUR KIND OF TRAUMA (UnShut Festival 2019). He’s currently working on IT’S OK TO BE NAKED (Festival of the Mind 2020). He’s been supported and mentored by Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, Third Angel, and Forced Entertainment.

Todd Heppenstall

Todd is a Sheffield-born actor & writer, who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has worked at theatres including Bristol Old Vic, Cheltenham Everyman, Hull Truck, the Finborough, Eastern Angles and the Polka, and has worked as a voice actor for the BBC, in a Doctor Who episode with Big Finish, and in commercials for Twitter UK and Anthony Nolan. His first play was long listed for the Papatango Prize 2018.