Vanessa Oakes

Vanessa Oakes Writer

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

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 and a member of WGGB

Current projects include:  Mademoiselle F at The Belgrade Theatre 4-8th October 2022 (tickets here); Bill The Bastard – a new short for COMMON WEALTH (BOLDtext); Me, Nic & Jo  (Meander Theatre) touring 2023.

Opera: Her Day (librettist) with Sayan Kent (composer) premiered March 2022 for Coventry City of Culture.  

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).

For BOLDtext Open Door @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre: Offences Against the Person (THE SENTENCE), 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).

For BOLDtext: A Toast to Truth and Nature (Power of Invention) @ Soho House Museum), What Do You Want? (FOLLOW ME) Birmingham Weekender in Digbeth, Twitty (BEHIND BARS Ghosts of the Lock-Up) @ Steelhouse Lane. 

Find out more on Vanessa’s website


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