Liz John

Writer Liz John

Liz John is a playwright based near Birmingham. For stage, Liz is currently putting the finishing touches to her play about young activists: an extract of  World War 3 was very well received at its showcase in May 2017 at The Door.

For radio, she writes for BBC Radio 4, The Archers.

Liz’s recent BOLDtext work at The Rep includes The Offer for Fake Times (Sept 2017),  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 (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 2016 attracting 4 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 & 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 (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 has written multiple episode of BBC TV Doctors, as well as 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 joined The Archers writing team last year.  Her collaborative afternoon play, The Angel of New Street, was previously 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.