About me

I’m a playwright, dramaturg, poet and facilitator of mixed Irish, English and Sri Lankan descent working in Devon and London. I’m drawn to stories that balance humour and darkness, and enjoy using metaphor and absurdism in my own work to provoke and entertain. At the centre point of my curiosity as a writer are the questions of what makes us and shapes us into who we are, and what has the power to change it. I aim to explore these ideas within rousing narratives that are often dark, but never without hope.

Kayleigh, a woman with dark hair and glasses wearing a black shirt, is smiling at the camera.

Since April 2021, I have been a member of Beyond Face’s We Are Here To Write programme for global majority writers in the South West. As part of this, I’ve written for Beyond Face Youth Company and have showcased my short play Moth Play at both Exeter Phoenix and The House, Plymouth, with the script later being shortlisted into the top 12% of submissions for the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Groups 2022-23.

In July 2021, I took part in False Start Productions’ returning (the act of) serial, co-creating a collection of poetry accompanied by original music with writer Cat Johnston and musician Elliot Hetherton.

In 2022, my play Fragile House was shortlisted into the top 30 for Traverse Theatre’s Breakthrough Writers and longlisted for BOLD Playwrights. An experimental exploration of selected scenes from Fragile House was later showcased at The Curve, Leicester, in April as part of NSDF 2024.

Aside from my own writing, I am also a dramaturg and facilitator. Having completed the Creative Facilitation Training programme at the Roundhouse, I have since facilitated workshops including the Roundhouse’s Creative Writing for Spoken Word and Theatre half-term project for 11 to 14 year olds and my own Developing your playwriting through structure workshop series at Theatre Deli. I have also been a a script reader for The Space’s ScriptSpace open submissions window, and as a freelance dramaturg I’ve had the privilege of working on new writing such as Frances Ruffelle’s I Can Die Too and Tiegan Byrne’s Girlhood.

This year, I was longlisted for the Peter Shaffer Postgraduate Award for Playwriting and the inaugural Women in Theatre Lab, and shortlisted for The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2024. Currently, I’m a Mentored Writer with Paines Plough and Landmark Theatres North Devon on their Tour the Writer programme. I’m developing my new play First Gravedigger, a political drama in which a young greengrocer is appointed as nuclear deputy in a seemingly rogue move by the Prime Minister.