Looking for tips for writing your solo show? Join Milly Thomas, Joe Sellman-Leava and Jen Wakefield, three Soho Young Company alumni fresh from Edinburgh Festival success, in this informative casual panel discussion.

Milly Thomas began writing when she graduated in 2014 from the BA Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Milly’s first full-length play A First World Problem opened at Theatre503 in July 2014 to critical acclaim. She was commissioned by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to write Piggies in 2015.

Her play Clickbait opened the 2016 Spring season at Theatre503 and played to sold-out audiences and an extended run. She is a member of both the Young Writers’ Lab 2015 and Writer’s Lab Alumni 2017 at Soho Theatre. She has taken part in The Royal Court Writers’ Group 2016 and is a member of Headstart – a group comprising of ten playwrights assembled by Headlong Theatre Company and Blacklisted Films.

Milly has taken part in writers’ rooms for Pure Grass Films, Balloon Entertainment and Brown Eyed Boy and completed the 2016 Channel 4 Screenwriting Course. She has written episodes of River City for BBC Scotland and Clique for BBC3. Milly is currently performing her hit solo show DUST at Soho Theatre.

Joe Sellman Leava is co-founder and artistic director of Worklight Theatre, with whom he devised and performed their debut show How to Start a Riot in 2012. He wrote and performed Labels (Scotsman Fringe First, 2015), and Monster, both of which have toured the UK and internationally. Outside of Worklight, he has worked as an actor and writer for companies including The Bike Shed Theatre, Bitpod, Cambridge University Press, Onatti, Jetstream Media, Creaking Door, and Mischief Labas. Joe is part of Soho Theatre Writers’ Alumni Group, and recently took part in BBC London Voices.

Jen Wakefield left her teaching career in 2015 to pursue performing and comedy. She worked in various roles from writing and performing in online sketches to hosting her own weekly radio shows in Watford. She co-wrote a sketch show in 2016 which she performed in Edinburgh as part of a sketch-duo.

She then wrote her solo character comedy show Girl in da Corner based on an article she wrote for Gal-dem about her mixed Indian and British heritage. After joining Soho Young Company for Edinburgh Lab in April 2017, she took her solo show up to Edinburgh as part of the Free Fringe. Since then she has performed in Pantomime at Oxford Playhouse, filmed a political hidden camera show for Channel 4 and will host six episodes of a new comedy podcast with BBC Radio 1 later this year.

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