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PIPPIN (Mountview)
Photography: Cesare de Giglio

MICHELLE PAYNE is a director & published playwright from Essex with a passion for creating work for & about working class people, 13-25 y/os and breaking the "Essex Girl" stereotype.

Michelle was short-listed for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022 and the Young Vic Genesis Future Director Award 2023. She was long-listed for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2023.


Michelle is currently a recipient of Overture 2023 (Burnt Lemon & REcreate Agency) working on HYPER! a new ADHD musical with composer EMY.P

Current writing credits: The Grind (I.E. Productions - Matt Cole & Morgan Large),Our Voices Commission (Small Truths, Digital Caravan Theatre).

Current directing credits: Director -
Pippin (Mountview), Co-Director, w/ Sarah Meadows - Good Enough Mums Club (UK Tour), Director - End of the Line Podcast Season 4 (InkJockey), Resident Director - The House With Chicken Legs (UK Tour),

Michelle's work has been developed with & supported by Arts Council England, ALP & Aria Entertainment, Donmar Warehouse, Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. and Havering Changing.

Michelle is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Overture Showcase 2023 (The Other Palace)

Credit: Steve Gregson Photography

MEMORY BOX
by Michelle Payne


WINNERMERCURY MONOLOGUES 2020

ACTOR - Hannah Khalique-Brown

 

"Payne's writing is in its beautiful simplicity, razor sharp wit and hilarious observational humour"

- LONDON THEATRE 1

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SQUAD GOALS (Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2020)
Credit: Zac Cooke Photography

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ABOUT

PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR

Michelle is an Essex based published playwright & director recently Resident Director on the UK Tour of Bugsy Malone. She was long-listed for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Award 2023, short-listed for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022 & short-listed for the Young Vic Genesis Future Director Award 2023.

 

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SHOWS

MICHELLE HAS BEEN WRITING & DIRECTING SINCE 2014

 

Squad Goals received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews & features from national & theatre press before becoming a published playtext with Salamander Street in 2021.

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OUTREACH

MICHELLE BELIEVES IN MAKING WORK FOR & ABOUT COMMUNITY

Michelle has most recently collaborated with Small Truth's Caravan Theatre at Henry Dickens Community Centre, Havering Youth Council, Thames Park Secondary School and Havering Changing.

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