Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

Emma is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked as an actress in London, Edinburgh, on tour and for BBC radio drama, and film. She was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite and most recently performed in the Barrymore nominated production of Perfect Blue. Her first play, Water In My Hands, was selected for The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (2018),...
Emma is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked as an actress in London, Edinburgh, on tour and for BBC radio drama, and film. She was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite and most recently performed in the Barrymore nominated production of Perfect Blue. Her first play, Water In My Hands, was selected for The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (2018), Spooky Action Theatre (DC) New Plays in Development Series (2019) and The Liz Smith Reading Series with Miranda Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane in NYC (date tbd). Her second play When We Fall was selected for the 2020 PlayPenn Conference and was a finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane 2020, a finalist for Kitchen Dog’s New Works Festival 2020 and a semi-finalist for the O‘Neill New Play Conference 2020. Her Poetry has been published by Willowdown Books (Poems from the Lockdown. Ed. Trevor Maynard) and Indolent Books (What Rough Beast. Ed. Michael Broder 2020). She has an MA in creative and critical writing from the University of Southampton (UK), worked for many years as a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper, and also directs Shakespeare at The Shipley School. More at www.britishemma.com

Plays

  • When We Fall
    7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

    A new play...
    7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

    A new play about learning to fly, telling stories, and finding friendship in unexpected places.
  • Water In My Hands
    Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass, and Eric’s wife has someone else’s heart beating inside her.

    Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands, lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘how do we move...
    Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass, and Eric’s wife has someone else’s heart beating inside her.

    Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands, lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘how do we move on when we are haunted by the life that we have not yet lived?’
  • If nobody does remarkable things
    This afternoon, in the middle of a category 6 dust storm, a cargo ship took refuge in the local harbor. Joel is on board and he needs somewhere to stay. Paul thinks they should rescue him but Anna’s not so sure. Not after what Joel did 14 years ago. A fierce new play about forgiveness that explores what happens when we reach the point of no return.
  • A dog is a creature of a nose
    Beth has a dog. A fantastic casserole of a dog. The spaniel makes her loyal. The pit bull makes her fierce, and the bloodhound makes her hunt. And today she's found something quite extraordinary.