Nicola Baldwin

Writer | 2019 Bursary

The bursary supported the development of Nicola’s play about Helen Sharman, an ice cream chemist turned Cold-War Cosmonaut who became the first Briton in space.

Since receiving the bursary…

“The pandemic halted my MGCfutures-funded residency but my bursary allowed me to explore new forms of storytelling and collaboration during lockdown. I streamed a workshop performance of Woman From Mars and developed the site-specific drama Wasteland. I rediscovered filmmaking in Duchess, Revolt! with NHS healthcare scientists; I ran Rise of the Resistance, an award-winning online drama festival around antimicrobial resistance; and our Nosocomial Project staged events at Bloomsbury Festival and Wellcome Trust. For BBC Radio 4, I wrote Madison Chorus (2021) and Camberwell Green (2021), my crime-thriller series about London bus drivers during the pandemic starring Chizzy Akudolu, which was shortlisted for BBC Audio Awards and recently among The Independent’s Top 25 radio dramas. I made audio shorts for One Story Many Voices at Imperial War Museum and wrote the musical Cabaret Havana (2022) for BYMT with composer Tarek Merchant. My sci-fi feature screenplay Black Moss was selected for The Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2022.”

“This year, I was a digital resident on Living With Machines at the Alan Turing Institute using their just-digitised archive of newspaper accident reports to create a verbatim drama from lost voices of the Industrial Revolution, which I’m developing for a site-specific performance. My short film The Nervous State is in pre-production. I’m continuing to write screenplays, including an adaptation of my radio play The Crisis of Wallis Simpson and working towards directing my feature script Black Moss.”

Cabaret Havana, British Youth Music Theatre (2022)

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