Jemma Kennedy

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Jennifer Thomas

Film, TV & Theatre

Jemma Kennedy is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her first novel, SKYWALKING was published in 2003, and she has been writing for the stage since 2004. She was awarded a Jerwood Arvon Young Playwrights Apprenticeship in 2006 and was Pearson playwright in residence at the National Theatre in 2010.

Recent plays include: THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Unicorn Theatre); THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY (Lost Theatre Studio, Los Angeles); DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS for National Theatre Connections, THE SUMMER BOOK (Unicorn Theatre) and SECOND PERSON NARRATIVE for Tonic Theatre’s inaugural Platform play series. She is currently under commission to the National Theatre, where she also teaches playwriting.  

Jemma’s first feature film, CAPTAIN WEBB, was released in 2015. She is currently writing her third feature for director Amanda Boyle (Wellcome Trust Development Award) and has recently adapted Barbara Pym’s novel EXCELLENT WOMEN for BBC Films. 

 

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EXCELLENT WOMEN

Raindog Films / BBC Films

Feature film adaptation of Barbara Pym's novel

VIPER WINE

Solution 3 Productions

TV adaptation of Hermione Eyre's novel

LAST CHRISTMAS

Solution 3 Productions / BFI

Feature film
Dir. Amanda Boyle

THE EDUCATION OF MARY

Solution 3 Productions

Feature film

THE BANK OF BRITAIN

National Theatre

Full length play commission

CROOKED HEART

BBC Films / Braven Films

Feature film adaptation of Lissa Evans's novel

Film

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CAPTAIN WEBB

2015

Prod. John Toba, Justin Hardy

Dir. Justin Hardy
Starring Hannah Tointon and Warren Brown

A WIFE AND A WHORE

Prod. John Toba, Justin Hardy

Theatre

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SECOND PERSON NARRATIVE

Tonic Theatre

Script commission as part of the Play for Platform Series
Published by Nick Hern Books

THE GIFT

New Vic Theatre (Stoke-on-Trent)

Dir. Gemma Fairlie
Part of a festival of plays inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard

THE SUMMER BOOK

2014

Unicorn Theatre

Based on The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Dir. Douglas Rintoul

DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS

2013

National Theatre / NT Connections 2013

Published by Methuen Drama (as part of NT Connections 2013 collected works)

THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY

2013

Lost Theatre, Los Angeles

Dir. John Pleshette

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

2012

Unicorn Theatre

Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Dir, Selina Cartmell
Published by Methuen Drama

EVENSONG

2006

Landscape Productions / Tour

THE SEAGULL

2006

Tabard Theatre

New adaptation

THE WINDMILL

2005

Soho Theatre

Rehearsed reading commissioned as part of a Jerwood / Arvon Young Playwright's Apprenticeship

LOCUST BEAN GUM

2005

Manchester Royal Exchange

Rehearsed reading

HONESTY BAR

2004

Manchester Royal Exchange

Rehearsed reading; runner up, Write#2 Festival

Radio

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HOW TO REMEMBER THE DEAD

2007

BBC Radio 4

Afternoon Play

Other

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SOHO 6 SCHEME

2011

Soho Theatre Company