Suhayla El-Bushra

Suhayla El-Bushra writes for stage and screen. She was writer in residence at the National Theatre, London, where her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide was staged in the Lyttelton Theatre. Other stage work includes: Pigeons (Royal Court, 2013 and tour), Cuckoo (Unicorn Theatre, 2014), The Kilburn Passion (Tricycle, 2014), Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 2017) and an adaptation of Andrea Levy's The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2021).

Screen credits include two series of Channel 4's Ackley Bridge, Becoming Elizabeth (The Forge/Starz Channel) and a short film for Film4.

Suhayla El-Bushra
The Long Song

David Eldridge

David Eldridge was born in Romford, Greater London. His full-length plays include Serving it Up (Bush Theatre, 1996); A Week with Tony (Finborough Theatre, 1996); Summer Begins (NT Studio and Donmar Warehouse, 1997); Falling (Hampstead Theatre, 1999); Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court Theatre, 2000, awarded Best New Play in the West End in 2001); Festen (Almeida and Lyric Theatre, 2004); M.A.D. (Bush Theatre, 2004); Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre, 2005); a new version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse, 2005); Market Boy (National Theatre, 2006); a new version of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse, 2007); Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York's Theatre, 2008); an adaptation of Jean-Marie Besset's Babylone (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2009); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, co-written with Robert Holman and Simon Stephens (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010); a new version of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2010); The Knot of the Heart (Almeida Theatre, 2011); and In Basildon (Royal Court, 2012).

David Eldridge
The Knot of the Heart
Under the Blue Sky

George Eliot

George Eliot was born Mary Anne (known as Marian) Evans in 1819, near Nuneaton, Warwickshire. She was brought up as an Evangelist, and received a classical education at local boarding schools. After the death of her mother in 1836, she moved to Coventry with her father and became acquainted with free-thinkers Charles and Cara Bray, which led to her translating Strauss’s Life of Jesus (1846). After her father’s death in 1849, she moved to London, where she met George Henry Lewes, who was separated from, but crucially unable to divorce, his wife. Moving to Germany with him in 1854, she lived as his common-law wife for twenty-four years. Under his encouragement she began writing fiction under her nom de plume: the successful serial Scenes of Clerical Life (1858); the best-selling Adam Bede (1859); followed by a number of poems and further highly praised works such as The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–2) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Lewes’s death in 1878 saw the effective end of her writing career. A few short months into her marriage to a man twenty years her junior, she died in December 1880.

The Mill on the Floss
The Middlemarch Trilogy
The Middlemarch Trilogy: Dorothea's Story
The Middlemarch Trilogy: The Doctor's Story
The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary's Story

Susan Elkin

Susan Elkin is an author and journalist, specialising in education and the performing arts. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage for many years, freelances for newspapers and magazines and has written over thirty books.

Susan Elkin
So You Want To Work In Theatre?

Sophie Ellerby

Sophie Ellerby is a playwright and actor. She was awarded a place on HighTide's First Commission scheme in 2016 where she wrote her debut play Lit. Other work includes: Three (Arcola Theatre, London, 2017) and Function (Criterion Theatre, 2018).

Sophie Ellerby

Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis grew up in the Iraqi Jewish community in London. She writes plays, TV, film and non-fiction books.

Her plays include: How to Date a Feminist (Arcola Theatre, and productions all over the world); Cling to me Like Ivy (Birmingham Rep); Operation Magic Carpet (Polka) and I'm Still Burning (part of Jermyn Street Theatre's 15 Heroines). She has written plays for East 15 and LAMDA, as well as short plays for Menagerie Theatre, Agent 160 and The Miniaturists, and radio plays for the BBC.

She has developed screen projects with Tall Story Pictures and Working Title, and worked on both Paddington films.

She is also the author of non-fiction books How to be a Heroine and Take Courage.

(Author photo by Jules Rogers)

Samantha Ellis
Cling To Me Like Ivy
How to Date a Feminist
15 Heroines

Kevin Elyot

Born in Birmingham in 1951, and educated there at King Edward’s School and then at Bristol University, Kevin Elyot was an actor before becoming a writer.

He won the Samuel Beckett Award for his first play, Coming Clean (1982), staged by the Bush Theatre, London. Subsequent stage work includes a version of Ostrovsky’s Artists and Admirers (RSC, 1992); My Night with Reg (Royal Court Theatre, 1994), which was hailed as ‘a play of genius’ by the Daily Mail, won the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy and ran for almost a year in the West End; The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre, 1998); Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court, 2001), which also transferred to the West End; and Forty Winks (Royal Court, 2004).

Kevin’s screenplays include Killing Time (BBC, 1990), which won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV Play or Film; an adaptation of The Moonstone (BBC, 1996); the film version of My Night with Reg (BBC, 1997); No Night is Too Long (2002), adapted from the novel by Barbara Vine (the pseudonym of Ruth Rendell) for BBC Films/Alliance. He adapted six of Agatha Christie’s Marple novels as well as three of her Poirot novels for television, including the series’ final episode Curtain. Other screenplays include Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (BBC, 2005), adapted from the novel by Patrick Hamilton; Riot at the Rite (BBC, 2005); Clapham Junction (2007), a film for Darlow Smithson and Channel 4, starring Rupert Graves, Paul Nicholls and Luke Treadaway; and Christopher and His Kind (Mammoth Screen/BBC, 2011), based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, starring Matt Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones.

Kevin died in June 2014, shortly before the Donmar Warehouse revival of My Night with Reg.

Kevin Elyot
The Day I Stood Still
Mouth to Mouth
Forty Winks
Kevin Elyot: Four Plays
Coming Clean
My Night With Reg
Twilight Song

Louis Emmitt-Stern

Louis Emmitt-Stern is a writer and director from Gibraltar based in London. His plays include: I Fucked You in My Spaceship (VAULT Festival & Soho Theatre, London, 2023); and Slippery (winner of the Tony Craze Award 2021).

Louis Emmitt-Stern
Plays from VAULT 6
I Fucked You in My Spaceship
I Fucked You in My Spaceship

Kenny Emson

Kenny Emson (aka Kenneth Emson) is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Rust (Bush Theatre, London, 2019); Plastic (Old Red Lion, London, 2018); This Must Be the Place, with Brad Birch (Latitude Festival, 2016 & VAULT Festival, London, 2017); Rural (White Bear); Whispering Happiness (Tristan Bates); Our Nobby (Eastern Angles, touring); The Peterborough Effect (Eastern Angles, touring); England Street (Oxford Playhouse); and Terrorism (Bush Theatre).

He also writes for TV and film and was nominated for a Bafta Craft Award in 2016 for his work on The Last Hours of Laura K.

Plays from VAULT 2
This Must Be the Place