Emma KilbeyEmma gained a BA Honours English degree from Exeter University and after launching a career in journalism (writing and sub-editing for a host of national magazines from Marie Claire and Red, to Bella and Woman’s Realm, as well as newspapers and websites) she gave in to the little voices and did a post-graduate acting course at Arts Educational. A regular polymath, she now combines acting with directing, coaching, singing, dramaturgy, voiceover work, corporate consultancy and script-writing.

In 2000 she co-founded Sweetspot Theatre Co, which enjoyed a professional residency at community theatre The New Venture in Brighton for two and a half years, producing six shows.

Acting theatre highlights include: Polly Garter in Under Milk Wood, Lorraine Sheldon in The Man Who Came to Dinner, the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales, Stella in Whale Music, the title role in the all-female Soho Group’s Macbeth, autistic Ellen in Foreign Lands, Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals, ‘Father’ in Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree, Head in Weekend Warriors, Vancouver, Ingrid in Blavatsky’s Tower, Margaret in My Mother Said I Never Should, Alex in On the Verge, Voice in national tour of vocal choir installation, Hollywood Blues, Lily Lassiter in the Mitchell/Nixon musical The Opinionmakers, devised site-specific two-hander The Department of Unreliable Memoirs plus a cameo (Margot Wotherspoon) for Spymonkey’s Cooped and a lip-synching Florence Foster Jenkins for Professor Liz Aggiss’s English Channel.

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In 2011 she performed Shift at The Nightingale Theatre for the Brighton Fringe – her first self-penned solo piece, inspired by three years as a Samaritan. Way back in the early Nineties she comprised one half of character comedy duo Kilbey & Larkin (Simon Munnery’s Club Z, Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, London comedy circuit). A cornucopia of radio and voiceover work includes Radio One jingles, a variety of characters for Radio Four plays, the Cheddar Gorge audioguide, Kath and Kim ringtone catchphrases and Lucy in The Country Wife for Radio 3, six audio dramas for Faction Paradox, the BBV Doctor Who spin-off series, which has apparently made her a lesbian icon in some parts of the States. TV includes EastEnders and The Stand-Up Show for Live TV.

Directing highlights: The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley, Talk by Mark Wilson, Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang, The Caretaker by Harold Pinter, Donna Macbeth for the Verona Shakespeare Festival, A Wedding Story by Bryony Lavery, Fame for Theatre Workshop at The Sallis Benney, Brighton, plus dramaturgy/directing for the award-winning Steal Compass, Drive North, Disappear and The Growing Room by Rachel Blackman, The No 9 Bus to Utopia by David Bramwell, Crimplene Millionaire for Boogaloo Stu, Lorraine Bowen’s Spring Clean, David Sheppeard’s BAC-developed piece Holocene and the award-winning Horlicks and Armageddon for Sarah Angliss and Colin Uttley.

She is a founder member, performer and writer for Brighton-based Radio City Theatre (Theatre Royal/Komedia Brighton). She also sings sporadically with psychedelic folk band, Foundry Folk Union and early music trio, The Silver Swans. Emma is currently developing a show (alongside partners The Tobacco Factory and Bristol Old Vic/Ferment, the Nightingale, Brighton and Ovalhouse) based on the life and times of the Atlas Shrugged writer Ayn Rand, as well as continuing to develop Sid and Valerie – a darkly comic two-hander created for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 alongside writer/performer Sue MacLaine.

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