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Lucy Burke
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Lucy is a writer, trained actor and performance poet from Manchester.

Her first piece, written when she was 18, was performed in the Studio Space of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, an experience which really gave her the bug for writing. Much of Lucy’s work is rooted in her northern heritage and she is passionate about giving regional characters more of a voice . Lucy is particularly interested in exploring the human stories behind larger themes often exposed in the media, opening up these subjects to an audience in a more ambiguous way, without moralising but simply presenting a series of human actions and choices.

GLITTER PUNCH (Pint-Sized at the Bunker, 2016; King’s Head Theatre, 2017; Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2017; People’s Choice Award, Vault Festival, 2018) focuses on 16 year old, working class Molly from Salford who begins a life-changing, coming of age journey when she embarks on a sexual relationship with her college tutor.   GLITTER PUNCH is published by Nick Hern Books and is in development as a scripted series with Little Dot Studios.

WEIRD introduces Yasmin who drops out of university when her behaviour rituals get in the way of life.  WEIRD was crowned Arcola Slam Soap Champion 2018, winning the audience vote by an overwhelming margin.  It ran at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe (2018) and had a showcase presentation at the Soho Theatre as part of the Soho Rising season (December 2018).

Lucy was a member of the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab 2018 where she developed  THINGS THAT FALL a one-act play about loneliness, grief and Harry Potter.

Her latest play I AM NOT A BIRD, I CANNOT FLY was commissioned by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.  Set in a female young offenders’ institution and directed by Head of Acting Will Hammond, this is currently in rehearsal with performances scheduled 26-28 March 2020.

As a poet Lucy has performed at various venues across the UK including ChatBack Comedy’s critically acclaimed Stand Up and Slam alongside Live at the Apollo’s Sindhu Vee. Lucy’s poems mainly focus on putting female sexual empowerment into the spotlight in a way that is fun and relatable, but also aims to challenge gender stereotyping and stereotypes around female libido.

Lucy is part of the BBC Drama Room 2019-2020 and is enjoying developing ideas for television.

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