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Anna Jordan

ANNA JORDAN

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Curtis Brown Group Ltd  

Anna Jordan won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for her play Yen after having been twice longlisted for her plays Marianneand Chicken Shop. Yen has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. Other theatre writing includes We Anchor In Hope (Royal Court Theatre - Beyond the Court), A Serious Case of the Fuckits(CSSD), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre), Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios) and Offliners (LAMDA). Writing for TV includes staff writer for Succession (HBO), and a pilot of her own drama series on addiction Cluck (Little Brother Productions). Film includes The Ivory Year. (LAMDA). Anna also directs and teaches acting. She directed Jonathan Harvey's play Tomorrow I'll Be Happy at The National Theatre Shed as part of National Theatre Connections. Other directing experience includes Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios), 3 Winters, Touched and The Crucible (Italia Conti BA Hons), Earthquakes in London (Arts Educational BA Hons), Crystal Springs (Eureka Theatre, San Francisco), Only Human (Theatre503) Vote of No Confidence(Theatre503). She has worked at many London drama schools teaching both acting and playwriting, including RADA, LAMDA, Central, Arts Ed and Italia Conti. She also runs her own company - Without a Paddle Theatre, as well as a support network for recent drama school graduates called The Long Game. She co-founded Hackney Showroom Young Actors - a free weekly acting training for young people based in Hackney. Anna is currently working with Headlong, The Royal Exchange, Frantic Assembly, Paines Plough and The Royal Court.

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        Bender         Chicken Shop         Closure         Dark, The. the Twist         Freak         Gospel         Hacked         Just For Fun - Totally Random         Life is Good, Wild & Sweet         Life Support         Marianne         Mother Courage And Her Children         No Reason At All, Except I Have Toothach         Paper Thin         Playlist: International Women's MonthPlaylist         Pop Music         Serious Case Of The F*cknits, The         Shortstuff         Showmance         Staunch         That Dark Place         Whiter Than White         Yen


Bender

Synopsis:
Bender is a ground breaking theatrical experiment; the first play inspired by stories and anecdotes posted on Facebook! Over 200 Bender fans have posted the weird and wonderful things that have happened to them on their craziest nights out. Bender is the result, and is back by popular demand after a short run last year. This riotous rollercoaster of a play follows Billy, Lizzy and Fibs as they fall off the wagon in spectacular style, and embark on a night of unparalleled debauchery. If you like your theatre filled with euphoria, despair, lager and knob gags, Bender is for you.

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part of Off Cut festival 2009

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80 min Play/Drama

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Chicken Shop

Synopsis:
Hendrix is growing up. Or at least he's trying to. But he's sick of his mother and her constant preaching on the virtues of an organic lifestyle. And he's sick of her girlfriend, a twentysomething stunner who winds him up relentlessly. But most of all he is sick of the bullies at school who target him viciously, thinking if his mum is gay then he must be too. In a desperate attempt to prove his masculinity, Hendrix enters a very adult world and gets far more than he bargained for. He meets Luminita  a young girl enslaved into an unbearable life. She finds comfort in Hendrix; a chance to connect, to be seen as a human being. Though from completely different worlds, their secret friendship grows in snatched moments in a sordid room above a Chicken Shop.

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Epsilon Productions

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https://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk   

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Closure

Synopsis:
Follows the story of a woman coming to terms with her demons after the breakdown of a relationship.

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Theatre503 and Without a Paddle Theatre

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short play

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Dark, The. the Twist

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Freak

Synopsis:
extraordinary moments in ordinary lives. Georgie must fulfill her most depraved desires. Daniel has to bury his Father without saying goodbye. eve can't live without Webster and must tell him so. explicit, raw and darkly comic, Freak, Staunch, and Closure take an unflinching look at life's most difficult moments.

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Theatre503 and Without a Paddle Theatre

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https://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk   

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short play

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Gospel

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part of Seven five minute Atheist plays on the themes of Matthew, Mark, Luke And John. Run time - 45mins by Yasmine Van Wilt; Carl Palmer; Jeremy Kingston; Katy Darby; Steve Hubbard; Anna Jordan; Hugh Allison

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Hacked

Synopsis:
all across London, phones are being hacked. Only now it's playwrights stealing the stories of brave volunteers. Will they score a scoop, or will they have to use a little artistic licence? and which will make the better story: the facts or the fiction?

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Playwrights: Ben ellis, Marcelo Dos Santos, Dominic Cavendish, Dawn King, Anna Jordan, Matt Hartley. Curated by Derek Bond And Lisa Cagnacci

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Genre:
collaborative piece

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Just For Fun - Totally Random

Synopsis:
Meet Skinny, who loves Beyonce, hates haters, and doesn't want to end up like her mum. Meet Home Grown Tone, whose life revolves around bed, weed, and getting his nuts licked. Meet Shakespeare, who spends time in his room devouring books, to escape his dark thoughts. Meet KElvis, a fat Elvis fanatic who frets about losing his new friends. and finally, meet Dante, who ain't gonna be caught slippin'. Come and hear the story of one ill-fated night, which changed everything, for all of them, forever. Come and spend some time in 'Lawless Britain'.

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Without a Paddle Theatre

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Life is Good, Wild & Sweet

Synopsis:
Life is Good, Wild and Sweet' is an intimate, almost intrusive look into the lives of two very different people, thrown together in difficult circumstances, and proves you can't always help who you fall in love with.

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Loquitur Theatre at Clapham Fringe

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Life Support

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First Draft Theatre Company

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Marianne

Synopsis:
Cath and David have lost a child. allie has lost a best friend, and ash has gained a heart. Marianne follows the paths of four people, whose worlds have been changed beyond recognition by one event. Marianne is a play about grief and love, about youth and age, about life standing still and life moving on, about being alive and being dead. Without a Paddle theatre presents this dark, poignant and often funny play, which explores the person-shaped hole that is left in your life when somebody dies.

Notes:
In 2009 Anna won Best New Writing At the Lost One Act Festival, And the Panel Award And Audience Award for Best Play At the Off Cut Festival (Old Red Lion). Marianne was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Royal exchange Prize in 2008.

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Without a Paddle Theatre

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Mother Courage And Her Children

Synopsis:
A sharp new version of Brecht's universally celebrated classic by Anna Jordan, which sees the return of Julie Hesmondhalgh in the iconic title role "now spring awakes, and winter dies the dead stay dead, the living rise 'cos if your breath and pulse ain't gone you stagger up and carry on." War rages over decades, but it's business as usual for Mother Courage. She roams the grid from one army camp to another, her ragtag offspring in tow. Boots, beer, drugs, guns - anything a soldier desires can be bought off the back of MC's cart. She's determined to turn conflict into capital. But what will it cost her?

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Headlong

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adaptation

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No Reason At All, Except I Have Toothach

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Lamda's Black Box Studio     2006

Organisations:
Without a Paddle Theatre

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Paper Thin

Synopsis:
the sixteenth floor of standard house e10. Vincent and Victoria live next to Tanya and Gav. Vincent is an anxious man who doesn't go out. Victoria is pushed to the limit, and faces a daily riot at school. Tanya is a first time mum who is finding it hard to get by. and Gav likes a drink, hates the Poles, and feels a little lost. the problem with Standard House is that noise travels - big time! Passionate rows are overheard, private conversations are eavesdropped on, and rash conclusions are drawn. the tension rises, especially when the lifts are out. Who needs eastenders when the walls are paper thin?

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First Draft (now blank pages)

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Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Playlist: International Women's MonthPlaylist

Synopsis:
A special edition of Theatre503's regular sell-out event to mark International Women's Month. The best new and established female writers have each been invited to create a new play, inspired by songs written or performed by women. As always, the play must be no longer in running time than the song that inspired it, and the plays will be directed by the best emerging female directors around.

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Pop Music

Synopsis:
A play for anyone that's ever been a dick on the dance floor. A wedding. A free bar. A blast from the past. G and Kayla's lives are a mess but tonight they're determined to Have It Large. As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco, we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of Pop. Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying Out For The Summer and Spicing Up Their Lives? Pop makes promises it can't keep, and soon they'll discover they have more in common than their taste in tunes. Anna Jordan's play Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster. It was premiered at Latitude Festival in July 2018 before a run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and touring the West Midlands.

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Latitude Festival     Jul 2018

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Serious Case Of The F*cknits, The

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Royal Central acting students

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Webber Douglas Studio, london     26 Jul 2016

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Shortstuff

Synopsis:
Multi award-winning theatre company Without a Paddle brings together their three best shorts for an evening of evocative theatre. CLOSeR TO GOD, winner of the Off Cut Festival 2009 and top download on the Bushgreen Website, tells of the unlikely friendship between a young mother and an old man living on the top floor of a tower block. COMING HOMe explores the meeting of Solman and Taz, two estranged brothers, two years after Taz has committed an unspeakable crime. BeD OF FOXGLOVeS follows esme, a woman forced to take drastic action when the credit crunch prevents her from burying her husband in the conventional way. Never shy of a challenge, WaP tackles themes of isolation, discrimination, incapacity, brutality, obsession, recession, love and loss, in these three small but perfectly formed plays. accompanied, as always, with a big dollop of dark humour.

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Closer To God - part of ShortStuff - was winner of the Off Cut Festival 2009 And Also the Audience Award.

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Without a Paddle Theatre

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short plays

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Showmance

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Staunch

Synopsis:
extraordinary moments in ordinary lives. Georgie must fulfill her most depraved desires. Daniel has to bury his Father without saying goodbye. eve can't live without Webster and must tell him so. explicit, raw and darkly comic, Freak, Staunch, and Closure take an unflinching look at life's most difficult moments.

Notes:
the Miniaturists is a growing group of playwrights and other theatre workers interested in the possibilities of the short play.

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Miniaturists 41

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That Dark Place

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part of Word:play29/10/2014 One word, six new plays WORD:PLAY is back! For one week only, Box of Tricks returns to Theatre503 with six brand new plays inspired by a single word. Following the critically-acclaimed sell-out success of Word:Play 2, Box of Tricks has commissioned six new emerging playwrights to write a fifteen-minute play inspired by a single word; for this cycle, the word "obsession".

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Whiter Than White

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Yen

Yen
Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own. Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. They live alone with their dog Taliban, playing PlayStation, watching porn, surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum Maggie visits; occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, possibility and danger.

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winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

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