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JOSEPH KELLY 

Joe is a multi-commissioned playwright with an undying passion for the horror genre. He has acted as a script doctor for several independent theatre companies working across London and Bristol.

“Joe is a truly fantastic script reader. He has an innate understanding of storytelling and has delivered clear notes for us in a manner that complements our collaborative approach. Any writer would benefit hugely from Joe’s input.” - Phoebe Simmonds, Co-artistic director of Limerence Productions


“Joe has been an incredible writer for Little Things theatre ever since we founded the company in 2018. He edits in a way that makes the characters really pop with witty dialogue and creative staging ideas but he is also able to capture the essence of our original drafts. He remains our go-to for script consultation.” - Imogen Senter, Co-artistic director of Little Things Theatre


“Upon first reading Joe’s work, I was instantly impressed by his apprehension of complex naturalistic dialogue and his wonderful flair for the delivery of intricate characters, relationships and circumstances. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone seeking an expert dramaturg who takes a forensic approach to understanding and assessing text.” - Sam Edmund, Co-artistic director of Chalk Line Theatre

SAM ESSAME

Sam is a horror writer and director and has organised new writing nights throughout the pandemic and previously co-produced the London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition. He is theatre writer for the London Horror Society and producer of the South West Horror Festival. 

“Sam Essame and Danse Macabre are the rarest of beasts. Genuinely scary masters of horror writing. Just ask our audiences who have been lucky enough, or perhaps unlucky enough, to experience their unsettling work first hand.” - Mike Carter, Literary Manager of The Space 


“Sam has an incredible passion for new writing and horror, and was so supportive of me throughout the process, bringing his own expertise and ideas to the project whilst always respecting my vision and preferences.” - Nancy Netherwood, winner of the LHF Playwriting Prize 2018 and writer of ‘Goodnight, Mr Spindrift’ 


“Sam recognises good playwriting and nurtures the creatives no matter what stage they are at in their career, acknowledging and encouraging the skills required to deliver thrills and chills. Ultimately committed to the horror community, Sam works to make it accessible to those who might be new to the genre.” - Katy Danbury, Festival Director and Producer of the London Horror Festival  

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ALEX MCCARTHY

Alex is a published playwright, screenwriter, and director. He currently reads for Sonia Friedman Productions, All About Writing and Film Afrika. Past experience in reading runs the gamut from new work festivals to producing theatres. Alex graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA In Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media in 2019. He is currently the creative associate at Crunchy Leaf Productions. 

“We’re extremely happy with Alex’s work. From the initial feedback document to face to face with the client, all stages of the process were delivered to a high professional standard that emphasised working with the project on it’s own terms. I would recommend Alex to anyone who needs input into their script for the stage.” Trish Urquhart – Managing Director at All About Writing

“Alex has been a regular SFP reader for over a year. He’s a very dependable, and more than insightful reader who writes clearly and succinctly about the plays under discussion. I would unhesitatingly recommend him as a reader.” Jack Bradley – Literary Associate at Sonia Friedman Productions

“I’ve worked with Alex for almost 10 years and can say without a doubt that he’s one of the best script workers I know. Alex is one of the first people I come to with new scripts and script ideas, as I know that I can count on his high-quality feedback to take the project to the next level.” Callum Tilbury – New Voice Award Winner (Best Comedy Script) from The Edinburgh TV Festival