Writing plays, whether you like it or not.

I write comedy, psychological horror and speculative fiction focused on contemporary social issues and relationships. I’m particularly interested in the lived experiences of women and non-binary people, mental health, migration and intimate partner violence.

My first play Driving Me Crazy was included in The New Theatre Dublin’s New Writing Week, 2019. I was the lead in my play Follower Count, presented at Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Scene + Heard festival in 2020. My short, Pandemic Panic!, was included in the New Theatre Dublin’s Fightback Festival in 2020. In October 2020 I began publishing LoveSick, a serialised audio drama, nominated for the 2021 Imison Award. My script Half of Nothing was recently awarded an Amy Dalton bursary by the IDGTF and performed at their festival in 2022. In 2022 I returned to Scene + Heard to present a new work in progress about amateur ‘adult content’ creators, and completed residencies at the Create Ireland Summer School and Axis Assemble.

In 2023 I brought a rehearsed reading of Normal Turmoil to Scene + Heard, and presented new work, LOOKING Cis, at the IDGTF with support from Fingal Arts Office. Later in the year I will complete workshops on Irish migration and Brexit with the support of Create Ireland, and develop work on the experiences of people living with OCD during the pandemic with the support of Arts Council Ireland.

I share information about my theatre projects here, and short stories over on my Medium page.

© Ella Skolimowski 2023