Bea Roberts

  • 24th January 2016

Bea is a playwright and performer working across disciplines, from more traditional playwriting models (winning the Theatre 503 International Playwriting award for her play And Then Come the Nightjars last year) to more innovative forms of live storytelling. Most recently, she devised and performed Infinity Pool a play without actors based on the novel Madame Bovary, described by one reviewer as ‘the intersection between theatre, installation and a good book ‘. Experimenting with form and new ways of working is vital to her practice; she has written for screen (BBC Writers Academy, BBC iPlayer Shorts series 2) created site specific work (Infinity Pool, Our Glass House) worked with verbatim text, written for outdoor family audiences (Scoop) for computer games (Rubberductions) and just been commissioned by the Bush Theatre to create a new piece of work involving puppetry.

Overall, what unites her work is an importance on narrative and telling stories that take an audience on a journey with honesty, humour and compassion. She is passionate about history and science and often uses archive resources in her work as a playwright; last year she was appointed as Comedy Consultant for the UK Medical Collections Group and has written and performed work for the British Library, BBC Stargazing Live, Bristol Museums Archives and Galleries and M Shed. In creating this work she has collaborated not only with theatre makers but also with historians, scientists, the general public and computer games designers.

Bea is working as writer on the seed ideas – Sentient City and Hidden City Writers in Residence – part of Bristol Doors Open Day on 12th September 2015.

‘In my work in heritage projects I’ve experienced the privilege it is to speak with people and hear their memories and stories; I believe recording and sharing our collective social history is hugely important in sustaining our communities and sense of identity. I’m drawn to the Sentient City project as a way to discover and facilitate the telling of Bristol’s complex and fascinating hidden stories, to breathe new life into forgotten corners of the city and, in addition, wil relish the opportunity to enrich my practice by collaborating with Part Exchange Co, Limbic Cinema and Linkage’.