Polly Wiseman is an actor and writer. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (three year Acting Diploma) and began her writing career as a member of The Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s programme.
Writing credits for Fireraisers: Andy & Edie: Inside Warhol’s Factory (National tour and West End); This Rough Magic (site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’) New translation of a Serbian play, The Pinball Master, (National Theatre Studio/ Birmingham Rep). She wrote and co-conceived Things That Go Bump (site-specific show at South Hill Park) with Paul Jepson, with whom she is creating a site-specific show in association with Manchester Library Theatre called ‘Manchester Sound: The Massacre.’
Other writing credits include: Bright (Soho Theatre); Trying It On (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs); Fierce: A Grotesque Burlesque’ (produced at The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton; The Roxy Theatre in Edmonton, Canada and The Pump House Theatre in Calgary, Canada) Stormin’ Jack Norman (Produced in Cambridge and London by Menagerie TC, in Brighton by The Nightingale Theatre and by Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton, Canada.) Bonfire Prayers (Southwark Playhouse); Venus D’Ailleurs (Centre Culturel Mathis, Paris); Elevation (Sphinx Theatre Company at Chelsea Theatre). Swedish Rustic, (BAC), Ravish (Nightingale Theatre, Brighton.) She is currently writing a new play, Glaring Neon Twins and a site-specific show, Smoke & Mirrors for the Theatre Royal, Margate. She is also co-writing a new show, Shock Tactics, with Linda Marlowe, which they will perform together next year.
As an actor, Polly has performed in many shows in the UK and abroad and she was also short-listed for The James Menzies-Kitchin young director’s award.
Paul has directed classics, contemporary classics and new plays at the National Theatre, in the West End, for the new writing theatres, for commercial management and in the major regional theatres.
For Fireraisers Theatre Company (Joint Artistic Director): THINGS THAT GO BUMP (South Hill Park) - conceived and directed, LOADED by Polly Wiseman (Yvonne Arnaud Guildford), CAR THEIVES by Akos Nemeth ad. Che Walker (Birmingham Rep), INTERNATIONAL NEW WRITING FESTIVAL (Hampstead Theatre and Birmingham Rep.).
At the Royal National Theatre: NATIONAL HEADLINES RIGHT ANGLES, short reportage plays by Richard Bean, Ryan Craig, Stella Dufy, Lucy Prebble; NATIONAL HEADLINES short reportage plays by Mark Ravenhill, Moira Buffini, Greg Burke, Tankika Gupta & Paul Jepson. LIFE AFTER LIFE, written and directed (Lyttleton Theatre, RNT).
In the West End: TELSTAR by Nick Moran, FAME, The Musical (Associate Director of original cast and director of first re-cast).
Beyond the West End: THE PROVOKED WIFE (Southwark Playhouse), BRIGHT by Polly Wiseman (Soho Theatre), TEENAGE VITRIOL by Justin Chubb (Finborough), JUDGEMENT by Barry Collins (Man in the Moon).
Commercial Touring: 15 MINUTES by Christine Harmer Brown (New Vic Workshop, THREE MEN IN A BOAT by Jerome K. Jerome, ad. Clive Francis, TELSTAR by Nick Moran, GASPING by Ben Elton (Manchester Evening News Award nominee).
Regional Theatre: ANATOL by Arthur Schnitzler and RATS, BUCKETS & BOMBS by Barry Heath(both Nottingham Playhouse) - Associate Artist; THE IDIOT, written and directed (West Yorkshire Playhouse, winner of Wellcome Trust Science on Stage and Screen Award); A DOLL'S HOUSE (Salisbury Playhouse); CHARLEY'S AUNT (Norwich Playhouse. Also productions at Watford Palace Theatre, Haymarket Basingstoke, Devonshire Park Eastbourne.