Penelope Skinner

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Penelope Skinner
Born United Kingdom
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality British

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Penelope Skinner is a British playwright[1] who came to prominence after her play Fucked was first produced in 2008 at the Old Red Lion Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival to huge critical acclaim[2] and has had successive plays staged in London including at the Bush Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where she is a member of the Young Writers Programme.[3]

Her play Eigengrau staged at the Bush Theatre in 2010 was a critical and box office hit and Skinner was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010.

Skinner's play The Village Bike was her first play to be staged at the Royal Court Theatre where it had a sell out, twice-extended run starring Romola Garai and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, winning her the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2011.

In 2011 she wrote episodes for the Channel 4 series Fresh Meat. In 2011, her play The Sound of Heavy Rain was produced by Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres touring in Roundabout.

Her play Fred's Diner was staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre's pop-up stage, following which The Independent newspaper described Skinner as "Our leading young feminist writer."[4]

In 2013 Skinner co-wrote the screenplay for the film How I Live Now.[5]



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  2. ^ Fucked Review Edinburgh Festival
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  4. ^ Nione Meakin (15 August 2012). "Penelope Skinner: More nourishing drama from a truly gutsy playwright". The Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (7 November 2013). "Young Love, Interrupted by a Nuclear Bomb". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Kim Cattrall returns to London stage in Linda". BBC News. 17 July 2015. July 2015.
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