Joy Wilkinson

Joy Wilkinson is a playwright and screenwriter whose plays include: The Sweet Science of Bruising (Southwark Playhouse, 2018); Acting Leader (part of Women, Power and Politics season at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2010); Fair (Finborough Theatre, 2005; Trafalgar Studios, West End, 2006); and Felt Effects (joint winner of the 2004 Verity Bargate Award, staged at Theatre503, London, 2006).

She has been a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, a two-time Brit List nominee, one of Den Of Geek’s ‘50 Brilliant Screenwriters To Watch Out For’, and she was mentored by Sir Kenneth Branagh on the prestigious BFI/Lighthouse Guiding Lights scheme.

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Acting Leader

A short play about Margaret Beckett finding herself Acting Leader of the Opposition after the sudden death of John Smith.


A powerful drama about the potent appeal of far right policies to young people in the UK.

Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

    Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

    Two plays that combine innovative dramatic form with a rare emotional power.

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    Felt Effects

    A play that unearths the seismic relationship between two half-sisters and their mother when they are forced together in the A&E ward of the local hospital. Joint-winner of the 2004 Verity Bargate Award.

    Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

      The Sweet Science of Bruising

      An epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism in the world of 19th-century women’s boxing.

      Women, Power and Politics: Now

      Five plays

      A collection of wide-ranging and ambitious short plays reflecting the complexities of women and political power in the United Kingdom.