Nicola Baldwin (that's me) studied English at UCL, Film Studies at Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster) and a camera short course at NFTS. I worked as camera assistant, camera operator and director on documentaries, music videos and shorts before I wrote my first play. A list of my works is below.
I'm a playwright and scriptwriter, occasional director and producer. I’ve been Writers’ Tutor at the Royal Court Theatre, Associate Lecturer at Drama Centre, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University of Greenwich and have run writing workshops for various organisations, most recently at Great Ormond Street Hospital, funded by the RLF.
I enjoy collaboration, particularly across disciplines. I’ve worked with choreographers, artists – many brilliant directors and actors - academics, archivists, geneticists, neuroscientists, schoolkids, and healthcare scientists. I've started to produce performances and events arising from these collaborations.
Having stepped off the pace for a few years as a carer until 2018, I'm now working on film & TV projects again.
I'm delighted to be a 2019 MGCfutures bursary recipient to write the first draft of my new play THE WOMAN FROM MARS.
I'm also returning to UCL for 2019-2020 as a Creative Fellow based in the Institute of Advanced Studies, working with UCL Urban Lab and UCL Georgraphy on the IAS cross-disciplinary research theme of 'Waste'.
THE WOMAN FROM MARS: about astronaut Helen Sharman, first Briton in space. Short play for The Miniaturists at Arcola (2018), directed by Cat Robey. MGCfutures bursary award to research & write first draft (2019-2020).
WE THE YOUNG STRONG: NT Studio. Ideastap ‘Stagetime’ for East 15; Women at RADA and Criterion New Writing; ACE supported R&D The Lowry 2018. Bloomsbury Theatre, directed by Cat Robey (2019 -2020)
NOSOCOMIAL: collaboration with Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green and NHS Healthcare Scientists. R&D performances Camden People's Theatre 'Underground' festival (2018), site-specific NHS shows (2019). Winner of 'Partnering Patients & Citizens Award' from Chief Scientific Officer of NHS England (2019); full production (2020)
REMEMBER, REMEMBER!: play for kids created in collaboration with Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Lead HCS Great Ormond Street Hospital, GOSH play and education. Directed by Hannah Jones (2018-2019)
EXPERIMENTING IN THE GALLERIES: R&D based on the work of Vernon Lee (1856-1935), collaboration with Dr Carolyn Burdett, Professor Matthew Longo of BodyLab at Birkbeck. Directed by Rob Swain (2018)
MRS X; Theatre of Debate/ Imperial College. Director Nigel Townsend (2018)
HOTEL BASTILLE: originally commissioned (as 'MOSS') by Royal Court. Produced in collaboration with Urban Foxes, supported by ACE. Camden People’s Theatre (2014)
ALL SAINTS: Furious Theatre, Last Refuge; transfer to King’s Head. Director Helen Sheals (2013)
CONFETTI: Furious Theatre revival, Last Refuge; transfer to Map Studio. Director Helen Sheals (2012)
THE EYES OF MARIE THERESE: Commission for Unicorn Theatre (unproduced 2010)
METROPOLIS: Adapted for Storm on the Lawn, Bath Theatre Royal (the egg). Director Steve Marmion (2008)
BEOWULF: Adapted for Storm on The Lawn, Bath Theatre Royal (the egg). Director Lisa Spirling (2007)
LEAP OF FAITH: Y Touring /NT Education. Director Lisa Spirling. Albany, Youth Arts (2004)
23.59: Sheffield Crucible (main stage). Director Sarah Frankcom. Susan Smith Brownlow Award nominee (1999)
THE RIB CAGE: Royal Exchange (Studio). Director Gordon Anderson (1999)
CRACKED: Y-Touring. Director Nigel Townsend. Edinburgh Festival and school tours (1997-2002)
THE GIFT: Y-Touring. Director Nigel Townsend. Edinburgh Festival and school tours (1995 - 2003)
UNDEVELOPED LAND: NT Studio/ Furious Theatre. Director Sarah Frankcom, Chelsea Centre (1993)
CONFETTI: Furious Theatre. Ovalhouse; transferred to Chelsea Centre. Director Sarah Frankcom. Winner, George Devine Award; Time Out Award, Susan Smith Brownlow nominee (1992-1993)
ABDICATION: THE CRISIS OF WALLIS SIMPSON: Pier Productions for BBC Radio 4 with Frances Barber as Wallis Simpson. Director Celia de Wolff (2016)
EUSTON TO WHITECHAPEL: Pier Productions for BBC Radio 4 with Matthew Marsh and Julia Ford. Director Celia de Wolff (2015)
TONY AND ROSE: Pier Productions for Radio 4 with Marcia Warren and Robert Glenister. Director Celia de Wolff (2013). BBC Audio Award nominee.
SEVEN SCENES: Pier Productions for Radio 3, The Wire, with Lorraine Ashbourne. Director Celia de Wolff (2011). BBC Audio Award nominee.
HAVE YOUR CAKE: Six part drama series for Radio 4, with Lesley Sharp, Tamsin Greig, Nisha Nayar and Neil Dudgeon. Director Steven Canny (2008)
EDWARD ALLEYN’S DEVIL: Radio 4, with Richard McCabe as Edward Alleyn. Director Steven Canny (2006)
CHALKIE COBB: Live drama broadcast on Resonance FM, with David Milner. Director Jonny Brown (2005)
POPPY Q: BBC Radio 3 ‘The Wire’, with Katy Cavanagh and Claudie Blakley. Director Polly Thomas (2001). Sony Award nominee.
FOREIGN LEGION: Play for Radio 4, with Tom Bevan. Director Polly Thomas (1995)
FILM / DIGITAL
(all as writer unless otherwise stated)
MILO 11: Feature screenplay (2019)
NORTHERN LIGHTS: Feature screenplay from script originally commissioned Alison Owen (redraft 2019)
'REMEMBER, REMEMBER!': digital shorts / online content created alongside play (2018 - 2019)
RLF 'WRITING HERO': 6 short films for Royal Literary Fund, writer / director (2018)
THINGS I COULDN’T TELL YOU: (5 filmed monologues) based on ABC versus St George's NHS Trust legal case, Wellcome Genome Campus/ Theatre of Debate (2018).You can watch them here.
THE DREAM TICKET: Feature screenplay. World productions / Skreeba (unproduced, 1996)
THIS IS HOW SHE SPENDS HER LIFE: short, writer/director (12 mins, 16mm)
OF SHADOWS AND WALLS: Video / installation with choreographer Rosemary Butcher and Company. Funded by ACE New Collaborations Scheme.
FALLING UNDER: Video / installation for Chisenhale Dance and Place Theatre, with choreographer Suzanne Watson and company (Super 8/ video, 15min)
IN WAITING: Video / installation, Place Theatre commission with choreographer Suzanne Watson
A.B. for sin does not take away their virtue and the angels after the fall did not lose their natural gifts, adapted from ‘Angel Boley’ by Stevie Smith (Super 8 17min)
Short films /videos screened ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Riverside Studios, London Film Festival, Montecatini Festival. Installations at Riverside Studios, Place Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Smithfield Festival.
Music videos and corporate films eg. St Etienne, Philips, Royal Mail International.
THE LAUNDRESS: drama series proposal (in-progress 2019)
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS; TV adaptation proposal from original screenplay (2019)
SLAP: drama series proposal (2018)
NORTHERN STAR: Series development / pilot script for United /Mammoth
WHERE THE HEART IS: 9 x 60’ episodes
NIGHT AND DAY: 3 episode commission, Granada for ITV
LONDON BRIDGE: Two episode commission Carlton TV
THE GIFT: Adaptation of stage play for BBC Learning Zone/ Wellcome Trust/ Zenith
CAPITAL LIVES: ‘PROUD’; Single drama Carlton TV
BBC DRAMA SERIALS: Writers’ attachment
YORKSHIRE TELEVISION: Writer’s Attachment
TEACHING / DRAMATURGY
Creative Fellowship, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL Urban Lab, UCL Georgraphy (2019-2020)
Great Ormond Street Hospital HCS 'Focus On Your Writing' workshops, funded RLF & NIHR BRC at GOSH
Research Fellow, Royal Literary Fund (2016-2019) Advisory Fellow, (2014-2016).
Royal Literary Fund Fellow, University of Greenwich (2012-2014)
Judge / Dramaturg Kings Cross Award (2014)
Associate Lecturer (Scripts), Drama Centre London / University of the Arts.
Writers Tutor, Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme.
Workshops: Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Lever Faberge, Poole Lighthouse, schools & youth groups.
UCL Creative Fellowship
Royal Literary Fund
LUX Film and Video