Penelope Skinner (2016)
Penelope's newest play, THE RUINS OF CIVILISATION will premiere in 2016 at the Manhattan Theater Club.
Penelope's play, THE VILLAGE BIKE, played a sell-out run at the Royal Court in the summer of 2011 where it received rave reviews and was twice extended. The play won the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and was nominated at the 2012 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. It also had a rehearsed reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club as part of their 7@7 series of readings and received its regional premiere at the Sheffield Crucible Studio in September 2012.
It was revived in New York in 2014 by the MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (off-Broadway), directed by Sam Gold and starring Greta Gerwig as 'Becky'.
Penelope's first play, FUCKED, opened at the Old Red Lion in 2008, was a sell-out smash hit and Critics' Choice in TIME OUT. The play made a triumphant return to the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.
EIGENGRAU played at the Bush Theatre in the Spring of 2010 to critical acclaim and was longlisted for the ES’s Most Promising Playwright Award.
THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN played at the Sheffield Crucible Studio at the end of November 2011, in a co-production with Paines Plough and subsequently transferred to Shoreditch Town Hall in the autumn of 2012.
FRED'S DINER, played in the summer of 2012 at the Chichester Festival Theatre's Theatre on the Fly performance space (created especially for their 50th Anniversary celebrations).
In 2015 LINDA opened at London’s Royal Court theatre and played a sell-out run. It starred West End favourite Noma Dumezweni in the title role and received rave reviews.
Her first graphic novel, BRIONY HATCH, co-written with her sister, Ginny Skinner, has been published by Limehouse Books.
Penelope has also written episodes for all four series of FRESH MEAT, the Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong comedy for Objective Productions / Channel 4.
In 2016, Penelope completed her first short film, THE UNICORN, which she wrote and directed.
Penelope is currently under commission to Headlong Theatre and her newest play, THE RUINS OF CIVILISATION will premiere in 2016 at the Manhattan Theater Club.