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Rachel Tookey

Rachel is a writer for stage and screen. Her debut play, BROMLEY BEDLAM
BETHLEHEM, opened at the Old Red Lion in 2019, and was awarded the Methuen
Drama / Marlowe Society ‘Other Prize’. It received critical praise, with The
Stage calling it “a sensitive and sharp portrayal” and was listed on Lyn Gardner’s
Top Picks. Her most recent play THE ACTOR was shortlisted for the Original
Theatre Playwriting Prize, one of 10 scripts out of hundreds of submissions, and
received the Peggy Ramsay award. A previous play, JUDGE JUDY’S BUZZ
WORLD, won the Footlights’ Harry Porter Prize and received a short run at the
ADC Theatre, before transferring to the Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden

She has been selected to take part in writers groups with Criterion Theatre, Oxford
Playhouse Soho Theatre, HighTide, and Menagerie Theatre Company. Her short
plays have been presented at Southwark Playhouse, HighTide Festival, The Arcola,
Lyric Hammersmith, and Theatre503 and Rachel is shortlisted for the 2023 Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize.

Rachel studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge where she
became the first writer to win both playwriting prizes, and was published in the
prestigious Mays Anthology, edited by Kate Bush.

Rachel’s short film, THE GIRL WITH THE HAUNTED VAGINA, has been awarded
prestigious BFI Network funding. She was previously commissioned to make her
first short film for the Roundhouse, and developed another with BFI Network South
East. Her jazz musical short film, THE CRITIC, produced by award winning
independent film company Rasp Films was recently a finalist for the Amuse
Musical Pitch Competition at the Short Shorts Film Festival, one of Asia’s biggest
film festivals.

The pilot for her original series, A NEW MAN, is a finalist for the Female Pilot Club script competition.