Chris is a Sheffield-born playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. She has been a resident artist for Sheffield Theatres, the Oxford Playhouse and the National Theatre Studio, and a member of the Orange Tree Theatre’s Writers’ Collective and is currently the Artistic Associate for Sheffield Theatres.
Past work includes A Declaration from the People (National Theatre), What We Wished For, A Dream, The Sheffield Mysteries (Sheffield Theatres), Larksong (New Vic Theatre), Cards on the Table (Royal Exchange, Manchester), ODD (Royal & Derngate: concert performance), Sleight & Hand (Summerhall/BBC Arts), TONY! The Blair Musical (York Theatre Royal/Tour), Poking the Bear (Theatre503), The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre503/Rose Bruford) and Wolf (National Theatre Studio: reading), The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatre Clwyd) Steel and Standing on the Sky’s Edge (Sheffield Crucible) the latter winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Musical Production. She specializes in musicals, large-scale community work and political theatre that isn’t rubbish.
Chris has won the National Young Playwrights’ Festival, a Brit Writers’ Award, the Perfect Pitch Award, two Spotlight Emerging Artists’ Awards and a Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award. She also teaches playwriting for the National Theatre, and is a visiting practitioner at the University of York and is currently adapting Caucasian Chalk Circle for the Royal National Theatre and CAST Doncaster..