Nelly Weston

MA Drama Writing


Biography

Nelly is a queer-feminist playwright and artist from Birmingham creating work that is introspective, textural, haunting and playful, and provides voice to the under-represented. They enjoy working with ensembles and using a combination of expressive physicality and punchy, witty dialogue to walk the line between the ethereal and the tragic, the silent and the screaming.

She graduated with a first class degree in Drama from the University of Exeter, where she was the Artistic Director of new writing theatre society Theatre with Teeth and wrote her first play Me, Myself, Myself, Myself, Myself – a playful, vibrant piece exploring depression and self-isolation, and produced at fringe festival Make-Tank Mini-Fest in 2021.

She is currently writing Sappho Could’ve Bathed Here in Bristol, a theatre and community project generating a sapphic eco-system to fight loneliness and the under-representation of queer women and non-binary characters through Sappho’s poetry, magical-realism and quick-witted comedy. Nelly is now looking forward to extending her practice to screenwriting, adapting the same project for a TV sitcom and adapting her short play No Scrumping into a feminist folk-horror film short.

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student