Charlotte is a writer of plays, poetry and fiction. She has worked with Graeae, Royal Exchange, Contact and Z-Arts. Most recently, she was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2017.


Graeae Write to Play Year 5

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Charlotte was one of five writers selected for Graeae’s Write to Play programme. Over the course of the year, she produced a monologue, a duologue and a full length play. Extracts of these pieces were be performed by professional actors and shared with this year’s partner organisations (Talawa, Tamasha, Oval House, Bush and Soho). An extract of her full length play, Rhubarb was staged at the Bush Theatre in Januay 2019. Charlotte was mentored by playwright and actor, Somalia Seaton throughout the year. She attended masterclasses to develop her craft, led by the likes of Ola Animashawun, Inua Ellams and Matilda Ibini.


BBC Northern Voices

Charlotte was one of ten writers selected to partake in BBC Writers Room’s Northern Voices – a writing development programme for writers living in the North. While participating in the group, Charlotte has had the opportunity to attend masterclasses in writing for radio, continuing drama and children’s TV.

1Xtra Live Monologues – Commissioned by BBC Writersroom and 1Xtra Live


Charlotte was one of seven writers selected by BBC Writersroom and 1Xtra Live to write a monologue inspired by a song from an artist who would perform at 1Xtra Live Manchester 2017. Charlotte wrote a piece inspired by ‘Hurtin Me’ by Stefflon Don, which was performed by Zoe Ndlovu.

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2017 – Top 100 Longlist

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Charlotte’s first full length play, Worth was listed in the top 100 entries to the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2017. The play explores the politics of responsibility and blame, alongside the social identity of sex and the hypersexualisation of black bodies.

Young Company Writer, Royal Exchange


Charlotte joined the Royal Exchange’s Young Company in 2016. She spent her first year as one of twelve Young Company Writers and has since progressed onto Young Director training. During her time in the Writers, Charlotte was able to develop her understanding and ability in monologue and duologue writing. The group was expertly facilitated by Kellie Smith and masterclasses were led by the likes of Barrel Organ and Jo Clifford. Charlotte’s monologue, Stitch was performed by Zoe Ndlovu as part of Table for Six festival (2017). The piece was described by anonymous Manchester theatre critic, Circles and Stalls as “chicken paste meets the karma sutra”.


UKYA Festival 2016: Young Artist in Residence, Deda Theatre

– Working with John Berkavitch and 9 young artists to experiment with different genres of performance and methods of storytelling to produce a piece to be shared at the end of 2016’s UKYA Festival at the Deda Theatre. Developing skills in creative writing, physical performance and choreography.



Young Identity Curtain Raiser for Three the Hard Way Poets, Manchester Literature Festival

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Charlotte performed alongside other Young Identity members as part of the curtain raising act for Three the Hard Way – a spoken word journey performed by Lydia Towsey, Shruti Chauhan and the renowned, Jean Binta Breeze. Charlotte attended a masterclass with Jean to develop her poetry and performance technique for the event. The group performed in Space 2 at Contact, as part of Manchester Literature Festival 2015.


Zion 100th Birthday Residency, Z-Arts

Working with renowned poet, Gerry Potter and 5 young writers to write and produce Afternoon Tea, a piece of immersive, durational, site-specific theatre in celebration of Zion Centre’s 100th birthday. Invited back in 2015 to devise and perform a new piece of dance theatre, Stagnant Change.

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