ABOUT US

Paperclip Theatre is made up of women who have found each other through a genuine passion to create theatre that tells stories which place women at the centre of their own narrative. These stories illuminate tales of women who are flawed, vulnerable, kind, funny and above all are fierce. We are telling stories that need to be told.

MEET THE TEAM

Adriana Sanford - Creative Director Adriana Sanford has been writing and directing pieces since university. It is only recently however, that she has decided to situate herself more permanently in the theatre world.

Theatre is a wonderful medium through which reality can be suspended- injustices can be righted, minorities can be heard. Adriana founded Paperclip out of a genuine need to create theatre that she was not seeing on mainstream stages. She wants to see women at the centre of their own narrative.

The theatre that Adriana's company creates seeks to be mainstream, not fringe- to break down barriers of sexism and to give a big middle finger to the patriarchal norms.

She is joined in her company by 6 incredibly, smart, passionate, and articulate women who share the companies ethos to create stories that should have already been told.

Naomi Westerman
Naomi Westerman - Writer Naomi Westerman is a playwright and screenwriter, and former actress. She started playwriting in 2015, dropping out of her postgraduate degree in Anthropology and becoming a full-time writer 18 months later. Her work has been performed at numerous theatres in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Shakespeare Company (as part of Christmas Stage Festival), the Royal Court (as part of Open Court), the St James Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, the Birmingham Rep, the Bolton Octagon, the Arcola, High Tide, VAULT, and off-Broadway. Her first full-length play Puppy sold out at VAULT and was namechecked as pick of the week by Time Out and the Guardian. She is one of Graeae Theatre's Write to Play writers for 2017, and is currently working on two new commissions. Her first screenplay won first place at Raindance Film Festival's Ammo Live competition, and she has various screen and radio projects in development. A dedicated "angry feminist", Naomi is committed to creating female-centric theatre telling women's stories, and special areas of interest are GLBT issues, disability, and mental health. Naomi Westerman
Rachel Archer - Writer Rachel was born in London in 1987. She was a 2003 graduate of the Soho Theatre Young Writer's Workshop, where she got her first taste of writing for performance. After taking a slight (15 year) hiatus from writing she studied at the University of East Anglia, traveled, protested and generally gathered material for her future projects. Rachel eventually realised that to become a writer, you really do need to write. Her first short piece, Uncovered, was produced by Little Pieces of Gold at the Southwark Playhouse in June 2017. She is currently under commission from Eastside Community Heritage, turning their extensive archives into theatrical pieces. She is a founding member of Paperclip Theatre. Slightly alarmed at the sheer domination of white male voices in theatre, T.V. and film, Rachel sees Paperclip Theatre as a disruptive force to the status quo of a patriarchal system; no longer will men be overwhelmingly in control of the stories that are told. When she isn't writing, Rachel teaches Media Studies to wonderful students at a girls comprehensive in north London. She lives in Tottenham, with her husband and, unfortunately, no cat. Rachel Archer
Jennifer Richards - Writer Jennifer Richards is a freelance journalist and Editor of the London Playwrights’ Blog. She is currently a member of SOHO Theatre’s Writers’ Lab and has had three short plays staged in London this year: Dissent (The Courtyard Theatre), DesignHER (Bunker Theatre), and #GRWM (CentrE17). She likes to watch anything experimental and outrageous – always being the one to laugh when she shouldn’t…. Jennifer Richards
Catherine O'Shea - Writer Catherine O'Shea is a British playwright of Celtic-Silesian descent. She began writing on the University of Leeds Theatre Studies course and went on to complete a Masters in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College. She is an alumni of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers' Programmes. She has had plays performed across Britain and in New York. She has had 4 successful productions at the Edinburgh festival fringe. In 2011 her play 'Fit for Purpose' won the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve award from the Pleasance Theatre. Her play 'John Simmonds, a Trafalgar journey' is currently being performed at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Her play 'Seagull' was performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2014 and toured with the theatre's heritage project Pass It On. She was a member of the Criterion Theatre New Writing scheme in 2014 where she had a showcase performance of an extract of her play 'Shards' in 2015. An extract of 'Shards' was also developed and performed at the Park Theatre as part of their Script Accelerator scheme. At edfringe 2016 her play Carnival was performed in Evolution House. Catherine O'Shea
Samia Djilli - Writer Samia is a writer from London. Having recently graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Creative Writing from the University of Greenwich, she is now the opportunities manager of London Playwrights Blog, and a freelance tutor. Her first play Lavender Hill Boys was produced at The Lion and Unicorn last year, and she has had various short stories and pieces of poetry published by Galley Beggar Press. She is committed to writing about women and pioneers diversity in the arts. Samia Djilli