Amanda Wilkin is a British playwright and actress from London. Her work is focused on Black narratives, with an interest in climate justice and the refugee crisis. In 2017 she was on the Royal Court and BBC London Writers’ Groups. She has since written and performed short pieces at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, “The Little Sob” was performed 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. Her play “And I dreamt I was drowning” had a first reading and has since been developed into a full length piece.
Wilkin 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 Opera residency 2021/22, a programme launched by the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence. 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 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.