As a playwright I’ve had work produced in regional theatre, literature festivals and pub theatre. I’ve made short documentary films, and radio features while working for, and training with, BBC Radio Bristol’s Social Affairs department. As well as a short documentary on the cross sands walk over Morecambe Bay for the British Universities Film and Video Council. I trained in screenwriting and script development with Phil Parker
What Country Friends is This?
I am the script writer for What Country Friends is This? a performance and community engagement project that focuses on a visit by the King’s Players to Aberdeen in 1601. This moment in Aberdeen’s history forms the historical framework for the performance which weaves scenes from Twelfth Night and voices from the city’s maritime history with stories inspired by verbatim testimonies from the city’s Polish community around their experiences of migration and arrival in a foreign land.
What Country Friends is This? has undertaken various site specific performances in Aberdeen and is a partnership with the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen who aim to create a long term research project with ambitions towards an international conference.
My first full length play, Home Fires, was produced by the Dukes theatre, Lancaster. I’ve subsequently been supported by a grant from the Tom McGrath Trust to assist with the research of a follow on script.
Set in 1945 and on the eve of the American lead invasion of Iraq in 2003, Home Fires is a study of the inherited relationships between four generations of women caught between tradition and progress. The story hinges on a diary written by Lily during World War Two and discovered by her daughter Sally and granddaughter Lucy as they clear out her house after her death. The diary reveals Lily’s Second World War love affair and her mother’s ability to talk to the dead. As secrets from the past unfold and long forgotten dreams surface, Sally and Lucy realize that the key to their future happiness is hidden in their family’s history.
The Dukes Artistic Director Ian Hastings has been bold enough to spot Rose’s possibilities, which deserve cultivating if theatre is to connect with the real history of people’s lives. Morning Star
Home Fires is an extraordinarily rich play. Virtual Lancaster
Rose’s research can’t be faulted – plenty of local knowledge and references, the right amount of contemporary commentary. The Stage
BBC Lancashire interview.
Photographs by George Coupe