Katherine
Chandler

Playwright


Katherine is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television.

Twice a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize with her plays ‘Before it Rains’ and ‘Parallel Lines’, Katherine is also a recipient of the Theatre Critics of Wales, Writers Guild Playwright award and Creative Wales Award.

Katherine was awarded the judges prize in the 2013 Bruntwood prize for playwriting for her play ‘Bird’.

Bird was coproduced by Manchester Royal Exchange and Sherman Theatre, a first collaboration between the two companies and received critical acclaim at National level.

Katherine was the inaugural winner of the BBC and National Theatre Wales, Wales Drama Award and has worked a number of times with both companies. Her adaptation of Terry Jones’ fairy tales ‘The Silly Kings’ for National Theatre Wales won the Best Show for Young People at the 2014 Theatre Critics of Wales Awards and her NHS70 play ‘Peggy’s Song’ is currently in production with the company.

BBC iPlayer released Katherine’s first film, ‘Tag’, as part of the BBC3/BBC iPlayer drama launch. She has attended BBC Drama shadow schemes for both EastEnders and Casualty.

Katherine’s most recent works have been produced by companies such as Clean Break Theatre Company, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre Connections, Theatr Clwyd, Sherman Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

Currently Katherine is working on a variety of exciting commissions with companies such as National Theatre Wales, Sherman Theatre, Clean Break, Nottingham Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd and the BBC.

CV

Theatre

Writer

Between Us
National Tour
Clean Break / Theatr Clwyd
National Theatre Wales
Sherman Theatre / RWCMD
Bird
Bruntwood Judges Prize Winner
Producer Royal Exchange Theatre/Sherman Cymru

The play is a story of two friends, Ava and Tash, who discover the true meaning of freedom and friendship when they are cast out of their care home.

Manchester Royal Exchange/ Sherman Theatre
Producer Clean Break
Director Imogen Ashby

A short play and workshop about women, austerity and debt

Clean Break, London
Dirty Protest / Chapter Arts
Sherman Theatre / Theatr Iolo

Katherine's play is a modern re-telling of the classic Robin Hood tale. Robin is a girl who must get inventive to help her family survive lean times.

National Theatre Connections
Sherman Theatre
National Theatre Wales
Parallel Lines
Finalist for the Susan Blackburn-Smith Award, Winner Inaugural Wales Drama Award,
Producer Dirty Protest
Director Catherine Paskell

Parallel Lines is about 15 year old Steph and her teacher Simon. Both live in Cardiff and go to the same school every day, but when Steph makes a serious accusation against Simon, their colliding worlds pose questions around truth, class and power in contemporary Britain.

Chapter Arts, Cardiff
Before it Rains
Susan Smith Blackburn finalist; Writers Guild Playwright award TCWA
Producer Bristol Old Vic and Sherman Cymru
Funny, brave and beautifully told, Katherine Chandler’s tale of parenthood, protection and provocation looks at how we all develop our own ways of coping with the world, our craving for companionship and what happens when these come under threat.
Bristol Old Vic/ Sherman Theatre

Television

Writer

Producer Hilary Salmon

Action-comedy shorts of the mundane playground games. 

BBC 3

Film

Writer

Blue Angel Films