Tristan Bernays

Tristan Bernays is a writer and performer from London. His work includes Boudica (Shakespeare's Globe, 2017); Testament (VAULT Festival, London, 2017); Frankenstein (Watermill Theatre/Wilton’s Musical Hall); Teddy (Southwark Playhouse; Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards); The Bread & The Beer (Soho Theatre/UK tour); and Coffin (King’s Head Theatre, London).

(Author photo by Michael Shelford)

Tristan Bernays
Plays from VAULT 2
Old Fools

Angela Betzien

Angela Betzien is a writer and a founding member of Melbourne-based theatre company Real TV. Her work has toured widely across Australia and internationally.

Her plays include: The Dark Room (winner of the 2011 Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian work); War Crimes (winner of the 2012 Kit Denton Disfellowship and the QLD Literary Award for Playwriting); Children of the Black Skirt (winner of the 2005 Drama Victoria Award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Secondary Schools); Hoods (toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally); Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? (Graffiti Theatre, Ireland, 2012); The Girl Who Cried Wolf (Sydney Opera House:Ed and Arena Theatre); Helicopter (Melbourne Theatre Company); Tall Man (Creative Regions); The Teenage Alchemist (commissioned by ATYP and Camp Quality); Princess of Suburbia (Real TV); and The Kingswood Kids (La Boite). Her play Egg won the 2017 AWGIE award for Children's Theatre.

She has also received the Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Fellowship.

Angela Betzien
The Dark Room

Lily Bevan

Lily Bevan is an actor and writer. 

She has performed extensively in the UK and abroad across theatre, TV, film and radio, including at the Donmar Warehouse, Wyndham's Theatre, Globe Theatre, BBC & Audible.

She co-wrote and performed with Sally Phillips the popular BBC Radio 4 series Talking to Strangers (2016). Her plays include Zoo (Assembly, Edinburgh, and Theatre503, London, 2018).

Zoo and Twelve Comic Monologues for Women

Sonali Bhattacharyya

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an award-winning playwright whose plays include: Liberation Squares (Fifth Word tour, 2024); Chasing Hares (Young Vic, London, 2022); Two Billion Beats (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, 2022; an earlier version was staged by the Orange Tree in 2021 as part of their Inside/Outside season), Megaball (National Theatre Learning), 2066 (Almeida Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and White Open Spaces (Pentabus Theatre).

Chasing Hares was the winner of Theatre Uncut's 2021 Political Playwriting Award.

Two Billion Beats
Two Billion Beats (short play version)
Chasing Hares
Liberation Squares

Michael Billington

Michael Billington is a hugely respected authority on theatre, and was drama critic at The Guardian from 1971 until 2019. He is the author of several books, including The 101 Greatest Plays and State of the Nation: British Theatre Since 1945. One Night Stands, a collection of his theatre criticism from 1971-1991, is published by Nick Hern Books.

One Night Stands

Brad Birch

Brad Birch's plays include The Brink (Orange Tree); En Folkefiende and The Endless Ocean (RWCMD); Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall (Soho Theatre); Tender Bolus (Royal Exchange); Gardening for the Unfulfilled and Alienated (Undeb – and winner of a 2013 Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First). He was the recipient of the 2016 Harold Pinter Commission at the Royal Court.

Brad Birch
Plays from VAULT 2
This Must Be the Place

Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet and playwright.

She won The Forward Prize for best poetry collection in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize 2020, the TS Eliot Prize 2017, the Ted Hughes Award 2017, and the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014.

She was the youngest ever member of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, tutored by Simon Stephens. Her plays include: Red Ellen (Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse & Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, 2022); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Northern Stage, 2015); Chamber Piece (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, as part of the Secret Theatre season, 2013); and The Trojan Women (Gate Theatre, 2012).

Her Beano-inspired musical, The Trial of Dennis the Menace, was performed in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre in 2012.

She was short-listed for Most Promising New Playwright at the 2013 Off-West-End Awards.

Red Ellen