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

Michelle's most recent work has been developed & supported with Theatre Peckham, ALP & Aria Entertainment, PPA, Donmar Warehouse, Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. and Havering Changing.

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

- LONDON THEATRE 1

MEMORY BOX
by Michelle Payne

WINNER - 
MERCURY MONOLOGUES 2020

ACTOR - Hannah Khalique-Brown

 

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ABOUT

PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR

Michelle is an Essex based published playwright & director currently short-listed for the Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022.

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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 WOMEN

Michelle has most recently collaborated with Havering Youth Council, Thames Park Secondary School and Havering Changing.

NEWS

Michelle has recently made the short list (1 of 8 directors) for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2022.

Michelle is currently under commission from I.E Productions (Matt Cole & Morgan Large) for a new dance play.

Michelle is due to begin as resident director on the UK Tour of Bugsy Malone in July 2022.

Michelle is actively seeking writing & directing (or assistant/associate/resident) work.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

RTST SIR PETER HALL DIRECTOR AWARD - Short List

2022

THE LET AWARD - Finalist (M@n Enuff - Michelle Payne & Emy P)

2022

VAULT 5 - Long List (Michelle Payne, Theatre-Maker)

2021

Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment Chamber Musical Competition - Long List (Enthusiastically, Yes! by Payne & Webb)

2021

THE OFFIES - ONCOMM for Digital Theatre (Jess by Stephanie Silver) Director

2021

Mercury Monologues w/ Josef Weinberger - Winner (Memory Box by Michelle Payne)

2020

The Mono Box Play Start - Long List (Well-Groomed by Michelle Payne)

2020

RTYDS 3 Month Placement (Mercury Theatre Colchester)

2019

Things Made Public, Brewery Fringe, Romford - Best in Fringe - Winner (Full Circle by Michelle Payne)

2018

Moors Theatre - Best New Writing & Best Actress: Michelle Payne - winner | Best Theatre Company - Nominated (Orchid by Michelle Payne & Daniel Len)

2015