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Nicolette Kay

Trained at The Drama Centre, London. She is the Artistic Director and founder of New Shoes Theatre, originally named Muzikansky which is based at the Forum, Tunbridge Wells which is a thriving and successful band and arts venue. 

Supported by an Arts Council England and British Council artist development grant for she worked with the playwright Dacia Maraini and artists in Australia, to present the premiere of the Hurried Steps  Kubra story.  

Nicolette has run unscreen short film nights and provided workshops for disadvantaged girls alongside Kent County Council Youth & Community service for a number of years. She created a one off film festival in Tunbridge Wells and has produced and directed a number plays including the Time Out Critics’ Choice Mary Stuart, The Dreams of Clytemnestra and Mela, all by Dacia Maraini (BAC), Mud by Maria Irene Fornes (Etcetera Theatre), The B3 Team (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), the world premiere of Seed (2004), the London premiere of Love Child by Joanna Murray-Smith (2007) and most recentlyJeannie,  all at the Finborough Theatre.

She has been interviewed for various publications and PHD's about Dacia Maraini.  Her latest interview about developing the Kubra story in Australia will be published alongside the full text in  Staging Violence Against Women and Girls: Plays and Interviews, a compilation of theatre performances about violence against women and girls.  She has written a chapter about her relationship with Maraini's work for Il Sogno Del Teatro. Cronaca Di Una Passione,  edited by Dacia Maraini and Eugenio Murrali. Other writing includes the co-translation of Mary Stuart published in Only Prostitutes Marry in May, she wrote the full-length play Falling Out which won an Arts Council Award and a version of her screenplay A Short Message was filmed at the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory. Her co-translation with Alex Standen, of My Name Is Antonino Calderone by Dacia Maraini is published in Mafia and Other Plays by Dacia Maraini.

As a professional actress, she played leading roles with many companies including Cambridge Theatre Company, Derby Playhouse, The Gate, The Women’s Theatre Group and The Young Vic. She specialises in producing lesser known work written by women.  Nicolette  gave a talk for TEDxCoventGardenWomen called Hidden Stories, Hurried Steps.   

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