About the Playwright

s200_susan.graySusan Gray is a writer/performer in Harrow, North London. She is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing and Practice Based Research in Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the staging of Science Fiction in the Theatre. She is working on a portfolio of dramatic plays and monologues and has recently been writing and performing a series of SF monologues including the pieces Mercurial Harbour, Object meet Subject and 3 Degrees in various London venues. She blogs for Amazing Stories on SF and Theatre.

Previous Work

Lock up your Skeletons (Reading), October 2014, KDC Theatre

My urban retelling of Bluebeard’s Castle was part of KDC Theatre’s Night Night Sleep Tight series – adapting fairy tales with a horror and urban twist.

Notes from Other Worlds Reading, October 2014, Centre for Creative Collaboration

My monologue collection was performed in its entirety at this reading. The monologues deal with different SF tropes, from post humanism to mass interstellar transit.

Terra Firma: August 2014, Etcetera Theatre, Camden Fringe

(After the rehearsed reading, the play was developed for the Camden Fringe). A post apocalyptic play dealing with the divide between two communities – between those “saved” and those left behind. As one watches the other, a new hierarchy is being sculpted behind the scenes. Who is better off? Who can leave the past behind them?

Oblique: May 2014, Written and Composed, Toynbee Studios

This was a collaboration between writers and composers. The piece that I wrote and performed is part of my monologue collection Notes from Other Worlds.

The Reality Test: April 2014,  Old Red Lion Theatre – “Caged” at Writers Bloc

This  play deals with a couple trapped in a continuous loop – finding the glitch and trying to “debug” the problem. Is it a code worth sorting?

Terra Firma Rehearsed Reading: February 2014, Etcetera Theatre

A post apocalyptic play dealing with the divide between two communities – between those “saved” and those left behind. As one watches the other, a new hierarchy is being sculpted behind the scenes. Who is better off? Who can leave the past behind them?

Newshound: November 2013, Brockley Jack Studio – Scratch Night

This short play that I wrote and directed deals with the situations of two seemingly different lives coming together and interacting in the midst of a riot.

Object, Meet Subject: November 2013, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London

I wrote and performed this monodrama with the soundscape composed by Lucy Harrison and recorded voice by Helen Burnell. This mixed media performance challenged the nature of reality by the unidentified object conversing with and informing the subject.

Cuckoos and Chrysalides: August 2013, Old Red Lion Theatre, Angel – Writers Bloc

An extract from my full length play was staged; an SF play where virtual spaces are stationed to back up lives for those who can afford it. A single mother comes under fire for preserving her children in stasis until she feels ready to look after them.

A Christmas Gift: December 2012, Old Red Lion Theatre, Angel – Writers Bloc                        

A one act play about a woman who pays a corporation to mechanically resurrect her late husband for one day at Christmas.

Narcissus and Echo- A Bathroom Myth: October 2012, Sylvia Young Theatre School – Insignificant Theatre

This is a comedy that parodies the ancient myth of Narcissus and Echo, exploring the nature of privacy and public life within a close relationship.

You can find her at the following sites:

www.skittykittyphd.wordpress.com

http://amazingstoriesmag.com/author/suziegee/

http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsG/gray-susan.html

https://royalholloway.academia.edu/SusanGray