Polly Creed is an award-winning director, writer, and activist. Her work focuses on themes of gender, social justice, and climate change. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 and the Royal Court writer's group.
Polly is a founder of Power Play, a production company and think tank that carries out original data research around gender inequality in the arts, as well as producing women's stories of social injustice. Power Play's debut site-specific showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 won a Fringe First for Emma Dennis-Edward's play, Funeral Flowers, and was listed as one of Lyn Gardner's picks of the Fringe in The Independent. Power Play are currently carrying out a pioneering study into gender inequality in UK theatre, looking at over 60 theatres across the UK. Read more about Power Play's work here.
Polly's activist and theatrical work has been featured in various papers and platforms, including The Independent, The Scotsman, The Stage, and The Guilty Feminist podcast. Meanwhile her writing has been shortlisted for a Sit Up Award and won Best New Writing at LSDF 2018. She has recently founded, True Name, a theatre company specialising in ecological and social theatre, and in July 2019 worked on a new collaboration with Plan B, the London College of Communication, Theatre 198 and The Tate, focusing on issues around climate change. The performance was staged at The Tate Modern. She is Arts and Outreach Ambassador for the Matchgirls Memorial.
Her play 'Humane' will be performed in 2021 at the Pleasance Theatre and is published by Aurora Metro Books. It has been adapted as an audio drama series, hosted by The Arcola Theatre, The Omnibus Theatre, Compassion in World Farming, The Pleasance, and Theatre Deli Sheffield. She is also currently developing a new documentary about Holloway Prison.
Photo: Katie Edwards
Cover art: Ali Wright
3-21 November 2021
"Look at us both. Proper grown women. Like kids on a Saturday night, waiting for our kids to come bail us out."
1995. Brightlingsea. A small port in rural Essex. Residents wake up to lorries thundering through the town, carrying live captive animals in horrendous conditions. A motley crew of mums, grannies, and skiving school kids unite; they know they have to do something to stop it.
Over the next 10 months, the unlikely group becomes committed and remarkable activists, facing arrest and encountering the brunt of police brutality. Humane - a new play by Polly Creed, directed by Imy Wyatt Corner - tells their true story.
The play has been published by Aurora Metro books.
Supported by the Cockayne Foundation and Arts Council England
Produced by True Name Theatre and Pleasance
Directed by Imy Wyatt Corner
Photography by Ali Wright