Amanda Wilkin
Amanda Wilkin

2022 Finalist

Shedding a Skin

Sometimes you crack.
Sometimes you didn’t mean to yell that.
Sometimes you have to lay low until you’ve figured it out.
And sometimes, sometimes you have to hibernate until you’ve healed.
This is a new day.

Shedding a Skin is a story for our times. A play about finding kindness in unexpected places. A play about connecting with what our elders can teach us – new skin honouring old skin. A play about joy, healing and protest. And having a good belly laugh.

Cast Breakdown: 1 Woman

Agent: Imogen Sarre at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates,

Play Service: Faber,

Bio: Amanda is a playwright, actress and jazz and blues singer-songwriter from London. In 2017 she was on the Royal Court and BBC London Writers’ Groups and her first play AND I DREAMT I WAS DROWNING was developed as part of the Talawa Firsts Festival in 2018. She has since written and performed short pieces at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, THE LITTLE SOB as part of Dark Night of the Soul in early 2019, and BESSIE COLEMAN about the first African American female pilot as part of Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves in early 2020. She is under commission to Audible as part of their Emerging Playwrights Programme 2020 and to Headlong Theatre Company, where she is also Writer in Residence 2021/22. She is also part of the Young Women Opera Makers Aix-en Provence’s Opera residency 2021/22. Recent work includes the audio play RECOGNITION about the C19th’s famous dual heritage composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (45North Ltd/Ellie Keel Productions, 2021), which she is developing into a full length piece with Talawa/Manchester International Festival, and the Verity Bargate Award winning SHEDDING A SKIN which she performed at Soho Theatre to 4* and 5* reviews in summer 2021, which is being revived in March 2022 and which she is currently developing for television. She is also writing her first feature for Joy Productions / Film 4.