Lucy Bell

  • 24th January 2016

After an animation degree Lucy trained as a BBC copywriter, winning 2 Promax awards before moving into documentary film making.

Working for Films of Record and Channel Four, she researched the human stories behind the headlines. She filmed with organ recipients and Pit Bull breeders (a cinch after shooting trailers with Jeremy Clarkson!)

In recent years Lucy retrained to teach and has taught Still Life to lifers and Photography to the selfie generation whilst burning the midnight oil at her laptop.  She won the Ronald Duncan Playwriting Prize and has been longlisted for the Verity Bargate, BBC Writers’ Prize and Bristol Old Vic Open Session.

Lucy is inspired by her experiences as a mother and a teacher to write about families living at the sharp end of public policy, using humour to undercut easy ideas about particular demographics. In 2014 she co-founded Documental Theatre which produces theatre inspired by lived experience. Her ACE-funded play SCORE, about mothers overcoming addiction, won Toast of the Plymouth Fringe and will be performed at Southbank Centre this autumn.

Lucy is working as a writer for our Hidden City Writers in Residence event – part of Bristol Doors Open Day on 12th September 2015.