Dawn is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV and radio.
Currently, Dawn is working on two plays; The Light and Salt, which is a commission from the National Theatre and will be performed by youth theatre groups around the country as part of Connections 2018. She is also adapting her stage play Ciphers into a screenplay for Cowboy Films. Ciphers made the Brit List of the best ‘yet to shoot’ screenplays as selected by the UK film industry in 2016. Dawn is also redrafting the blacklisted screenplay Randle is Benign for Echo Lake Productions in the US.
Dawn’s most recent stage play, a major adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic science fiction novel Brave New World, was a co-production between the Royal and Derngate Theatre and the Touring Consortium, and toured the UK from September to December 2015.
Dawn’s short film The Karman Line, starring Olivia Colman and Shaun Dooley and directed by Oscar Sharp, played festivals around the world. It won eighteen awards including Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA. Dawn was a Screen International 'Star of Tomorrow' 2014.
Dawn’s previous stage plays include Ciphers, a co-production between Out Of Joint Theatre Company, The Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott. It toured the UK in 2013 and played at the Bush in 2014 where it sold out, and has subsequently been produced internationally. It was longlisted for the James Tait Black drama prize 2014.
Dawn’s play Foxfinder won the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition in 2011 and was produced at the Finborough Theatre, London. For Foxfinder, Dawn won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award 2013. She also won Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End awards 2012 and was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Off West End awards 2012, the Susan Smith Blackburn prize 2012 and the James Tait Black drama prize 2011/2012.
In 2013, Dawn participated in the prestigious Channel Four television writing scheme, 4 Screenwriting 2013. Her feature film script The Squatter’s Handbook won the UK Film Council’s 25 Words or Less pitching competition in 2005.
Dawn writes regularly for Radio and has had radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3.