I’m Corinne Furness. I’m a writer, theatremaker and academic. I could expend lots of words, but when it comes down to it all of that work is linked by one word: storytelling. I’m interested in how we tell stories, how we share them, and how we might come together to imagine new stories.
I’m an AHRC funded Doctoral Researcher with the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company. I’m researching the RSC’s 2016 production A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation in relation to amateur and professional collaborations. You can read more about this and my wider research interests here.
I’m co-founder and a co-director of writing theatre company Write By Numbers. WBN makes work which challenges the boundaries of ‘new writing’, collaborating with artists and communities, and engaging audiences inside – and outside – theatre auditoriums. We’ve made award-winning shows for touring, curated festivals in empty shops and community spaces, run projects in schools, community centres, and workplaces and distributed a lot of free tea and cake.
From time to time I write plays. You can see a list of them (along with photos, video, and press quotes which aren’t BBC Oxford saying one of my play’s isn’t as good as Spinal Tap) here. Currently I’m working on any of the following: something sprawling set in Whitby over the course of 1500 years, something small about Ada Byron’s childhood experiments into flying and something as yet unsized about my high school in Leeds. If anyone wants an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando or a big scale show (potentially community cast) about Boudica then I’ve been wanting to write text for those for more years than I dare to count so I’d pretty much pay you.
I live in Stratford-upon-Avon. I like brightly patterned second hand dresses, good vegan cake, and Doctor Who.