a ginger enjoying a beverage
a ginger enjoying a beverage

Jayne Williams is a story shaper, theatre maker, word wrangler, participation practitioner and arts engagement enabler. Graduating from Clarendon College in 1998, this year marks 20 years of award winning creative initiatives and innovative community theatre performances.

Right Now

Jayne's play about WWI, The First is out on a five week tour of libraries and community spaces. The tour kicked off back in Braunstone where it was first created in 2014. By the end of this third and final tour, almost 7,000 children and teachers will have experienced The First. Jayne is so proud, that this time round, each child will receive their own copy of the play script with pages at the back, for them to write the next Act, thanks to funding from Arts Council England. Jayne is also producing this tour in partnership with The Spark Arts for Children.

Fly Half

Another tour that Jayne is producing is also out on the road. Fly Half by Gary Lagden, with original songs by Gareth Moulton, is touring theatres and rugby clubs. The play opened The RADA Festival in London in the summer and has received rave reviews from audiences across the country, including this Five Star Review from britishtheatre.com For tour info, follow @FlyHalfThePlay

This is Normanton

Jayne is, for once, doing a project on her doorstep in Derby for Fifth Word. She is working with young people from the Roma community to create a play about life in Normanton, Derby which will be performed in December.

Extended Perspectives

Jayne is also working with Nottingham based New Perspectives Theatre Company on a freelance basis as their Participation Director. She joined the company in January and has since had her contract extended until March 2019. Jayne thoroughly enjoys being a part of this company that was launched over 40 years ago, which creates genuine opportunities for East Midlands based artists, and produces exciting theatre that tours around the world. To get in touch, email jayne@newperspectives.co.uk

Headlong Futures

Jayne is associate director on Headlong Futures, a community theatre project led by Headlong Theatre with four partners, Bristol Old Vic, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Brewary Arts in Kendal and New Perspectives Theatre Company. Performances created in each setting with merge together to create Acts of Resistence at Bristol Old Vic in April 2019.

A Smashing Summer

Jayne returned to Braunstone in Leicester where she did her first year as writer in residence at The BRITE Centre. She was delighted to be back as Mischief Maker, creating cheeky characters and silly stories with children, young people and adults. A partnership project with The Spark Arts for Children and Leicester Libraries, as part of the national Summer Reading Challenge.

Moving Words

Towards the end of the summer, Jayne worked with celebrated dance artists, New Art Club, as a word shaper/shifter which is the first time she has brought her word wrangling to the toe tapping world of dance, to be a word mentor on their latest production Cupid's Revenge.

The Backdrop

After graduating from Clarendon Performing Arts College in the late nineties, Jayne toured schools as an actor/facilitator with national TiE companies before becoming Development Worker with Speakeasy Theatre Company in 2001. Jayne became self-employed in 2005 to focus on writing and devising theatre, taking commissions from and working with The Spark Arts for Children, Mansfield Museum, County Youth Arts, People Express, Tangere Arts, Mansfield Palace Theatre, Barnardos, The Red Cross, City Arts, The Independent Scrutineers and Lakeside Arts.

In 2014/15 Jayne was Artist in Residence for The Spark Arts for Children and Leicester Libraries where she created multiple arts engagement programmes including creating a sustainable youth theatre. As part of the global WWI commemorations Jayne wrote a new play for younger audiences with dramaturgy and direction from Adel Al-Salloum. Click on The First for the promo with actor Gary Lagden, filmed by Gareth Moulton. 

Short film by Gareth Moulton where Jayne invites the people of Leicester to express how they feel about books for the Everybody's Reading Festival.

Clip of a reading/writing initiative created by Jayne and starring seven year old Joseph, his story and his drawings, animated by SoJo. Word Wednesday

Jayne has written articles for various organisations and publications. She also writes a Blog - Observations of a Constant Commuter which was recommended by international screenwriting Guru Phillip Shelley as a great example of how comedic characters can be developed from writers observations of the minutiae of the Great British Public.

Jayne was very proud to have made it onto the first Old Vic 12 long-list, with her play about cancer - Coping with Colin.

In 2011, Jayne received mentorship from writer/director Joyce Brannah, to develop her play Bed and Breakfast via a short R&D period and a work in progress performance, as part of Manchester's 24/7 Theatre Festival.

Say hello

To get in touch email MrsJayneW@gmail.com or tweet @MrsJayneW