Firdos Ali is a playwright whose full-length plays include Struggle (Talawa Firsts, 2015), The Wrong Way (Talawa Theatre, 2016) and 40 Days (2017). Her short plays are Stripped Black (Black Lives, Black Words at the Bush Theatre, 2015) and How I Feel (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2016).
Firdos's short story Emerald Waters was chosen for the Bare Lit Festival, 2016. Her musical New Life, for which she wrote the book and lyrics, was showcased at BEAM, 2018. Firdos was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist.
Javaad Alipoor is a Manchester-based writer, director and maker-performer working across different media including theatre, TV, digital forms and film.
As writer, director and performer, his work includes: Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (HOME Manchester & Battersea Arts Centre, 2023); Rich Kids (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, & HOME 2019); and The Believers Are But Brothers (2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Bush Theatre, and national and international tour).
He runs the Javaad Alipoor Company.
Timothy Allsop is an actor and writer who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was a winner of the Michael Bryant Verse-Speaking Award and Lilian Baylis Award. His film and television acting credits include The Mummy, Captain Phillips and Detectorists (BBC), and his extensive stage work includes Helen (Shakespeare's Globe), Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre), Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray and Strangers on a Train (English Theatre Frankfurt), the lead in Richard III (Guildford Shakespeare Company) and Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse). His novel The Smog is published by Amper & Sand.
Will Arbery is an American playwright, screenwriter and TV writer, known for his plays Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Plano, and Evanston Salt Costs Climbing. Heroes of the Fourth Turning was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Arbery was the recipient of the 2020 Whiting Award for Drama.