Poppy Corbett


Hello! I’m a playwright, theatre director, and academic.

I’ve been writing plays since 2008. Most recently, I was commissioned by Arts Educational to write Applause, a play for their graduating MA actors (2017). In 2015 my play It’s My Partywon the ‘First Draft’ Lambeth Playwriting competition and in 2013 my play Hatchling won Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s inaugural ‘Pitch Your Play’ competition. As a playwright, I enjoy working collaboratively with other artists and often like to engage in processes of R&D and devising as part of my playwriting process. My agent is Nick Quinn at The Agency, and you can find out a bit more about my playwriting history on their website here.

I recently passed my PhD – Theatre of the Real and Precarity 2000 – 2018: indexical traces of the real in the theatrical work of Alecky Blythe, Tim Crouch and Kim Noble.It was supervised by Dr Chris Megson at Royal Holloway, University of London. In the thesis I argue that contemporary English theatre since the millennium is marked by a distinctive engagement between the real and precarity. To explore this, I use three theatrical case studies to investigate how the real functions dramaturgically in contemporary theatre.

My MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (Central School of Speech and Drama) was a collaborative theatre-making course and my specialism on this course was ‘Writing for Performance’. My BA (Royal Holloway) was in English and Drama and it was during this course that I took a playwriting module, taught by Michael Punter, and I never looked back…

I do a lot of playwriting teaching and mentoring. I worked for several years as a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing (playwriting) at Royal Holloway, and designed and taught undergraduate Creative Writing courses.In 2014 I won a College Excellence Teaching Prize for my ‘Second Year Play Readings’ project, a collaboration between students, professional theatre directors and actors, and the arts’ venue Shoreditch Town Hall. Currently I’m tutoring and mentoring a couple of MA students at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and a BA student at the University of Reading. I’m also mentoring a neurodivergent writer, as part of Mainspring Arts’ ‘Square Peg Scripts’ project. I’m also very involved with the Writers’ Guild and the theatrical charity Masterclass.

This project brings together my academic interest in dramaturgies of the real, my creative interest playwriting, and my love of collaborative working.