Vanessa Oakes

Vanessa Oakes Writer

Vanessa Oakes

Vanessa Oakes trained as a theatre designer and worked extensively in scenography, community arts and arts administration before becoming a full-time playwright in 2007.

She writes plays and text for a wide variety of people and spaces. Her words have been performed in theatres, art galleries and museums, community spaces, coal vaults, beneath a ring road, in an award-winning bungalow and at Latitude.

Vanessa is a Theatre Absolute Associate.

Her recent plays include: All Is Well (the estate), A New Way of Living (andsome), Runaway Boy (Teatro Youth Theatre), Do What You Do (Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery Centenary community tour), The Oracle of the Taprooms (George Eliot Writer in Residence), The Game Anew (Pentabus), The Watched Sea (CAPITAL), The Permitted Number (Paines Plough), I Am Active (Red Teapot), The Kindness of Strangers (Warwick Words), Lost in Paradise CV6 (Belgrade Theatre), A Body Moving Through (the estate), Live Like Us (Belgrade Theatre). Earlier plays include; 77 Sunset Strip (STORM & The Commoners), Agamemnon: The Curse of Thyestes (Coventry University Performing Arts), The Chimney Sweep’s Apprentice (STORM), Anaglypta Daydreaming(STORM), Dog in a Suitcase (STORM).

For BOLDtext (Open Door @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre): Taking Care of Business (A Mouthful of Rhinestones), The Invariant Right (INSATIABLE), Mademoiselle F (DISORDER), Glastonbury (EUROTRASHED), All Is Well (Doubled Up), The Arnolfini Portrait (LEAP), I’m Staying (Sunstroke)an act of determining the total number of something (The Russell Brand Effect), The Other Me (Selfies),  A Diary Without Dates (Rep Night One).

Find out more on Vanessa’s website