Liz John

Writer Liz John

Liz John

Liz John is a playwright based near Birmingham.  For stage, Liz is currently writing an Arts Council England funded play about young activists.  An extract of  World War 3 will be showcased on May 22nd 2017 in The Door.

Liz’s recent work includes Maslow – the Upgrade for Insatiable (Jan 2017) about the politics of consumption, and Escape for Behind Bars (Nov 2016) at Birmingham Rep about prison reform.  Her microplay Cogs & Co about Brexit, was part of Eurotrashed for BOLDtext at Birmingham Rep, May 2016.  One reviewer said: “My favourite piece was Liz John’s Cogs and Co which employed the cleverly sustained metaphor of a family firm with its bickering alliances and betrayals to remind us that politics, even when it’s the EU, is about people too.”

In 2015/6, Liz co-wrote a madcap interactive comedy, Calling for Help!, set in a call centre, which toured in April 2016 attracting four star reviews.  It was co-written with Julia Wright, produced by Next Page Productions and funded by Arts Council England.  It was the second show from this creative team: Liz and Julia’s comedy Invisible toured in 2013.

Liz’s WW1 short, Perversion of Science, was part of Home Fires Burning at the Mockingbird Theatre in Nov 2015, for which she earned excellent reviews“Liz John’s Perversion of Science shone out as a masterpiece of compression whose overshadowing backstory loomed to monstrous proportions.”  Life Goes On was part of Extreme at Birmingham Fest (July 2015), while Liz’s collaborative two-parter in BOLDtext’s Sunstroke (The Rep, Sept 2015), was written in partnership with Helen Kelly.

Previous work includes Papering Over produced by Pentabus (national tour),  Second-hand Dreams at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and Whorestown at the Hexagon, mac, as well as many short plays at Midlands theatres.


Liz is a regular writer for BBC TV Doctors.  She has written several short films, winning the Century 21 award and an RTS nomination.   Liz co-founded the Screenwriters Forum and serves on the committee of Writers’ Guild WM branch.


Liz has recently joined The Archers writing team.  Her collaborative afternoon play, The Angel of New Street, was broadcast on Radio 4.  Co-written with Helen Kelly and Carolyn Scott-Jeffs, this was an impressionistic piece set and recorded in New Street Station, and directed by Peter Leslie Wild.

More information at Liz’s website.