Writer and actor

Emma is a writer and performer of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. 

She has been part of a number of prestigious writing programmes with theatres such as Royal Court, Soho theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. Her work has been performed at The Tricycle, Arcola, Royal Court and Oval House. Her latest piece which she has written and stars in, Funeral Flowers, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and was a Fringe First Winnner. It transferred to the Bunker Theatre and then more recently to the Roundhouse. The play is published by Samuel French.

✭✭✭✭✭ "Funeral Flowers is a beautifully presented illustration of a woman whose strength and      determination see her through dark times until she is allowed to blossom" – Marbles Magazine

✭✭✭✭✭ "Impassioned, urgent storytelling like this deserves a big audience" – To Do List

✭✭✭✭✭ "Beautifully written in a poetic but conversational style, Funeral Flowers is an unforgettable, intense experience" - BritishTheatre.com

✭✭✭✭ "Written and performed by Emma Dennis-Edwards with warmth and compassion, but also an unblinking eye" - Scotsman

Emma was recently chosen as one of the Old Vic 12 Playwrights and recently wrote a Young Vic Community play in 2019.

For screen, Emma is developing original comedy and drama projects and is part of the BBC Writers Academy with John Yorke this year. 



Writer & Creator 

Emma was chosen as one of The Old Vic 12 which aims to nurture and develop the next generation of theatre practitioners through offering access and insights into theatre-making, mentoring from industry experts, delivering masterclasses to other emerging artists, and collaborating with each other to create brand new work.

The Old Vic
Director Rachel Nwokoro

Originally developed for the Court, the play was adapted to a 50 minute long version for Power Play at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. It will transfer to the Bunker Theatre 15 April - 4 May 2019.

Bunker Theatre
Director Ross Crosby

An original theatre commission for the Arcola Theatre's East Side Stories strand

Arcola Young Company
Director Toby Peach
Tricycle Theatre / Mapping Brent
Director Roy Alexander Weise
Young and Talented Theatre / Barking Broadway
Director Nicolette Kay

(Rehearsed Reading)

The Arcola Theatre
Director Emma Higham
Rose Bruford Drama School
Director Thomas Wright
Camden People’s Theatre, The Cryer
Director Jasmine Woodcock- Stewart
33% Festival Oval House Theatre
Director Marie Sennyay
33% Festival Oval House Theatre



Writers room development for series 3 of ITV comedy Timewasters

Big Talk

Original project in development