Michelle Donkin

Michelle Donkin

UK-based playwright and producer. Co-founder of Cast Iron theatre company in Brighton, UK and Co-founder of Ironclad Creative a not-for-profit that aims to train, mentor and support emerging creatives from Brighton & beyond. Michelle is a National Film & Television School MA Screenwriting graduate & general lover of all things narrative, feminist, comedy, historic, sci-fi & fantasy. Her spelling is awful.

Plays

  • Agency
    A female political operative has had enough of lying. She's finally seen the light and is walking out - either that, or she's saving herself before the administration falls.
    Will the world make her pay for the things she's done or will patriarchy turn her into someone far too silly and pretty to be complicit. She's betting on the latter.
    A short and dark play about the power...
    A female political operative has had enough of lying. She's finally seen the light and is walking out - either that, or she's saving herself before the administration falls.
    Will the world make her pay for the things she's done or will patriarchy turn her into someone far too silly and pretty to be complicit. She's betting on the latter.
    A short and dark play about the power women have when the world believes they have no agency.

    Written in 2017 and performed in 2019 at New Venture Theatre's Short Play week. Could be performed on Zoom with minor adaptations - get in touch.
  • You Better Not
    Christmas comic two-hander:
    Alex & Sam (any age/gender/race/ethnicity)
    Sam wakes up to find they're in a locked room. Alex has been there some time. Apparently, Santa is coming to town and Sam better watch out and better not cry.

    A comic farce horror-spoof that plays with the lyrics of a slightly creepy Christmas carol.

    Written and staged for Cast Iron...
    Christmas comic two-hander:
    Alex & Sam (any age/gender/race/ethnicity)
    Sam wakes up to find they're in a locked room. Alex has been there some time. Apparently, Santa is coming to town and Sam better watch out and better not cry.

    A comic farce horror-spoof that plays with the lyrics of a slightly creepy Christmas carol.

    Written and staged for Cast Iron Theatre in Brighton UK as part of our yearly Christmas Selection Box where audience members get up to read a work script-in-hand.

    Can be adapted for zoom - happy to chat.
  • Projection
    A female-centred, comedic sci-fi play.

    Sam is getting ready for a really important interview, showing new looks to her best friend. She’s also thinking about turning up to the interview 'naked'.

    This is a world where perception is everything, status means opportunity and money buys looks - it's a play about feminism, tech, objectification and poverty.
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    A female-centred, comedic sci-fi play.

    Sam is getting ready for a really important interview, showing new looks to her best friend. She’s also thinking about turning up to the interview 'naked'.

    This is a world where perception is everything, status means opportunity and money buys looks - it's a play about feminism, tech, objectification and poverty.

    Written in 2017 for a short play competition Rich Creative - The Female Gaze & Other Stories: Volume II.
    It was selected and staged at The Cockpit Theatre, London in 2017

    4 female actors / two characters - any age. - any race/ethnicity

    Would work on Zoom
  • Talking Dirty
    Comedic Two-hander.
    Sue, a mature woman, is mourning the loss of the old tree in the garden as her grown-up daughter, Dawn, comes to visit. Dawn is somewhat distracted by a recent revelation and things only get worse when she discovers Sue’s sordid past.

    Written in response to a play at Theatre 503, London in possibly 2010(?). It was staged as part of their Rapid Write Response nights...
    Comedic Two-hander.
    Sue, a mature woman, is mourning the loss of the old tree in the garden as her grown-up daughter, Dawn, comes to visit. Dawn is somewhat distracted by a recent revelation and things only get worse when she discovers Sue’s sordid past.

    Written in response to a play at Theatre 503, London in possibly 2010(?). It was staged as part of their Rapid Write Response nights however around that time.
    I wanted to explore baby-boomer era second-wave feminism and sexuality. I think it's an interesting piece and it still makes me giggle.

    Can be set anywhere.

    Cast - 2 female mother and daughter.

    Could adapt to Zoom or a radio drama
  • Impact Statement
    All female, moving two-hander with DARK THEMES - June attempts to find the words to write a court Impact Statement while coming to terms with grief. She finds power in her own voice and the revelation that our lives are not about the stories told about us, but the stories we create.

    Written in around 2014, the play was a response to UK court hearings allowing 'Impact Statements' read...
    All female, moving two-hander with DARK THEMES - June attempts to find the words to write a court Impact Statement while coming to terms with grief. She finds power in her own voice and the revelation that our lives are not about the stories told about us, but the stories we create.

    Written in around 2014, the play was a response to UK court hearings allowing 'Impact Statements' read by victims and their families. I wanted to explore how someone who hates speaking in public might feel put upon to sum up the impact of a violent act in front of the perpetrator and the perception and pressure around a good impact statement leading to longer sentencing by a judge.

    It was performed by my own company, Cast Iron in Brighton, UK, in about 2014
    It has also been performed by New Venture Theatre, Brighton, UK, in around 2017

    Feel free to change to other location other than UK

    Could work as a radio drama - welcome any interest & happy to adapt