Film, TV & Theatre
Amanda graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Modern Languages and an M. Phil in Linguistics. She worked as a financial adviser in the City until starting a family, after which she concentrated on motherhood for several years. She has written a variety of scripts and plays “on spec” as follows.
GIRL MEETS BOY
Battersea Theatre 503
A short pantomime staged as part of Theatre 503's Rapid Write Response evening, December 2016
IN DEFENCE OF LAUGHTER (previously IN QUEST OF LIGHT)
A staged reading of this production, with professional cast and director, was given at The Leatherhead Theatre in Spring 2013
An exploration of Molière’s 5 year long struggle with the Church over the banning of his comic masterpiece TARTUFFE. The power of laughter has always threatened those who seek to impose their own narrow vision of the world. Molière’s battle for freedom of self-expression against the forces of religious oppression, at huge personal cost, is a story for our times.
A modern day companion piece to IN DEFENCE OF LAUGHTER. A middle-aged widow finds solace and an admirer at her local church, much to the consternation of her free-thinking teenage daughter.
SAVE THE DATE
One silver wedding; two surprise celebrations - inevitably for the same day. With disastrous results.
A NEED TO PLEASE
A leading academic, researching George Eliot, notices increasing parallels between the writer’s choices and psyche, and her own. When she sees the same pattern repeating in the life of her most promising female student, she is forced to re-assess how much has really changed for women and how much is always the same. (under development).
ON THE RECEIVING END
The impact of Alzheimer’s on sufferers and their families has been widely and movingly explored. But there are stories to be told too of the staff who work long hours on low pay in the nursing homes that provide care once relatives can no longer cope alone. (under development).
CHAPTER AND VERSE
Orphaned little Poppy, living with her eccentric grandpa in the Forest of Fontainebleau, hopes to guarantee her place in heaven (and so see her parents again) by embarking on a programme of good deeds.
I HAVE A BOY
A love story between a recently bereaved young father and the mother of his dead wife.
TO LAY A GHOST
A young teacher who fears his radical approach to teaching has contributed to the suicide of one of his students seeks redemption as a hermit deep in the forests of Idaho.
An adaptation in 6 one hour episodes of Balzac’s searing critique of C19th France. As relevant to the here and now as it was then, it straddles the worlds of politics, business, journalism and the arts, with its story of passion, ambition, corruption, disillusion and moral bankruptcy.