This marvellously inventive show… Annie Siddons’ script is almost Shakespearian in its mix of the earthy and ethereal, the funny and the frightening ***** Robert Hewison Sunday Times, RAPUNZEL

Annie Siddons - Playwright Performer

Annie Siddons is a London based and raised writer, performer, theatre-maker and dramaturg.  Her work is hilarious, brutal, honest and poetic, embracing the mythic and the mundane.

As writer/performer, Annie created Raymondo in 2014, which ran at Summerhall as part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, then returned in 2015 for the British Council Showcase, touring across the UK 2015-16.

She followed Raymondo with How (Not) to Live in Suburbia, her first autobiographical work. The show, an unflinching look at her own chronic loneliness, featuring videos by performance artist Richard DeDomenici, played Summerhall 2016 before two sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre 2017. As part of making the show Annie trained as a Samaritan. Suburbia toured the UK in Spring/Autumn 2018/2019. How (Not) to Live in Suburbia lead to Annie making her TV debut on Alan Davies’ chat show, As Yet Untitled. It's also been part of a cross disciplinary symposium on Loneliness at UCLAN in November 2016.

Her most recent show, Dennis of Penge, a mythic spoken word show about addiction, friendship, Dionysus and her childhood ends of SE20 with music by Asaf Zohar played at Ovalhouse and Albany Deptford in autumn 2018.

From December 2018- February 2019 she worked with Ruthie Osterman as dramaturg/writer on the ground breaking live streamed theatre piece Babylon Beyond Borders which played at the Bush.

As playwright/ dramaturg, she has worked with Kneehigh, Bristol Old Vic, The Bush, Battersea Arts Centre, Teater Sagohuset, the Gate, National Theatre Studio, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Unicorn, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, Filament Theatre, Undercurrent Theatre. Rapunzel, written for her young daughters in 2005, was picked up by Kneehigh in 2006 and did two London runs at BAC and London's Southbank before touring the UK and US. It's since been remounted 8 times. It was be the Egg Christmas show 2019. In Jan 2018 she dramaturged on Caroline Byrne's production of All's Well that Ends Well at the Globe. She's worked with many solo artists on show development and mentoring since 2016, including Vijay Patel, Sarah Blanc, Caroline Horton, Nick Cassenbaum, She-Goat, Georgina Bednar, Gary Sefton, Katie Bonna, Martha Pailing, and delivered workshops on writing and script developmement for Synergy, Clean Break, Phoenix Futures, Ovalhouse Young Adults.

In January 2019 she was awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant by the Arts Council.

In February 2019 she appeared in Dear Elizabeth at The Gate and in Sept 2020 she appeared in Letters as part of the Gate Online.

Her show for young people, Ant and Hop, was part of the Unicorn Theatre's Aesop's Fables season opening June 2019.

Her short story Rocky Tries to Shot (A putative novel opening) was the inaugural short story in new queer feminist literary ezine Broccoli in June 2019.

In autumn 2019 she collaborated  as performer with polymath artist Christopher Green on his immersive theatre project, the Home, and continues with this collaboration, touring with the show to Sheffield and London care homes in June 2021 and appearing on the digital Home platform and in Zoom shows in 2021.

Her drama audio podcast, the Tower, made in collaboration with She Wants a Dog as part of a Practical Guide to Death, is out now on all podcast streaming platforms.

She features on an episode of A Perverts' Podcast - made by Milk Presents in conjunction with She Wants a Dog - reading her specially comissioned story - released soon.

Wild Country, co-written with Edith Tankus, performed by Edith Tankus, will play at CPT from Jan 25-7 2022

Some Old Street, co-written and devised with Bunny Theatre and Kirsty Housley, will open at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2022.

She's currently collaborating on Choosh, by Julia Masli.

She works for the Queer House as a mentor, teacher, and script developer for emerging queer writers. Their Response:Orlando will show at Omnibus Theatre in January 2021.

She's currently working on several TV scripts, including a collaboration with comedian Jack Barry.

Annie regularly mentors younger and emerging artists particularly those from challenging backgrounds and works collaboratively and alone in a variety of settings. She is published by Oberon Books(now part of Bloomsbury).

If you’d like to work with Annie please get in touch.

Theatre artists are essentially charlatans and thieves”. Simon McBurney.

ANNIE SIDDONS
WRITER    PERFORMER    HUMANSHOWWOMAN

 

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