Katie Bonna is a multi-award winning playwright, most notably her Scotsman Fringe First Award (received in 2012 for Dirty Great Love Story cowritten with Richard Marsh) and the Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright in 2018 (for her solo show All The Things I Lied About). Her work has been produced in New York and on London’s West End as well as being ‘strangely successful’ in Mexico, where a feature film of Dirty Great Love Story is currently in production. She has recently moved to St Leonards-On-Sea with her wife, a costume and set designer for theatre, and is committed to producing work in the local area.

“I really want to create work here and meet other creatives based here to collaborate with. I know that there’s a wealth of artists living here, it’s a really inspiring place to live and make work.”

The first step was signing up for the Hastings Fringe, where she will be sharing a work-in-progress of her new solo show, a dark comedy called The Real Deal. The plot follows Anna, who works for Kapow Kids Parties and Events. She spends her days pandering to parents and fantasising about how violently her housemates might die. Anna is not living her best life. Until she meets Justine. Justine is the real deal. It’s hard to woo the woman of your dreams whilst impersonating a goblin. But, stuck in a world of make believe, Anna discovers that she needs something real. Written and performed by Katie Bonna, directed by Gemma Arrowsmith (writer on Newsjack and Tracey Ullman’s Show) and playing on 7th August, 8.30pm, The Stables Theatre.

At the beginning of 2017, Katie was the only living female playwright who had work on in London’s West End. She wrote a blogpost about why that was very far from being an admirable claim to fame and the problems facing female playwrights in general. You can find the post on katiebonna.org


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