We’re delighted to announce the recipient of our 2023 Playwright Fellowship, Somebody Jones.

We were blown away when we first read Somebody’s play How I Learned to Swim in 2021 for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and have followed her other work closely since then, championing her development as a playwright.

We’re delighted to now be announcing Somebody as our Fellowship writer, where during her attachment with Paines Plough she will have some time and space to explore new ideas and use this time to write a new play. She will also receive a bursary, mentorship from our Artistic Directors, and will be part of our office and programming team.

Somebody Jones is a Los Angeles native playwright/dramaturg, currently living, working, and dreaming in London. Jones’s work celebrates and champions Black culture in all of its charms and complexities. She primarily works within the genres of horror, magical realism, verbatim, and recently, Black fantasy. The name Somebody Jones means the more you run from your past, the more you’ll run into it.

Find out more about Somebody on her website: https://www.somebodyjones.com/