– Women’s Prize for Playwriting Shortlist (2021)
– ETPEP Award Finalist (2021)
– BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award Longlist (2021)
– Traverse Theatre Shortlist (2021)
– Royal Court Shortlist (2020)
– Sphinx Theatre Shortlist (2020)
Nicole is a script writer who works across theatre, radio and screen. She loves to connect and care for communities through stories and often writes playing with genre and centring women-led, rich and truthful stories where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, exploring the body and soul of under and mis-represented characters and places.
Nicole’s first full length play Blessed Spirits was anonymously selected into the finalists for the ETPEP Award (Finborough Theatre, 2021), was shortlisted into the top 30 of over 850 scripts for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting (2021) and was selected for The Hustle writing programme with the Royal Exchange Theatre after being anonymously selected from their 2021 script window. She is currently on year-long attachments with Tamasha Theatre as a Tamasha Playwright and with Sheffield Theatres as part of their Bank Writers Cohort. Over the year she will receive support, professional workshops, paid writing time and her work will be performed. Her other previous training includes being an Emerging Playwright at Cast Theatre (2021), Box of Tricks’ Pen Pals scheme (2020-21) and she also completed an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication at the University of Leeds (2018). She is currently unrepresented and available for writing commissions.
Photo: Leah Francis, Adeline Pitu and Shreya Patel performing an extract of Blessed Spirits at Furnace Scratch (Leeds Playhouse, 2020) Image by: Ant Robling.
Finalist: ETPEP Award
Shortlisted: Women’s Prize for Playwriting & Traverse Theatre (2021); Royal Court & Sphinx Theatre (2020).
Longlisted: BBC Alfred Bradley Award (2021)
This 90-minute black, queer play focuses on a present-day lesbian couple, Vi and Stella, who are spiritually connected to their ancestors, Cassy and Grace, who guide them on their journey to find peace in love. The play aims to integrate creative access of British Sign Language and Audio Description.
An early extract of the play was written and directed by Nicole and showcased at Furnace Scratch (Leeds Playhouse, 2020) to an audience who gave developmental feedback on the piece.
Photo: Adeline Pitu and Shreya Patel performing an extract of Blessed Spirits at Furnace Scratch (Leeds Playhouse, 2020) Image by: Ant Robling
Hear Me Now Volume 2
Tamasha Theatre, Titilola Dawudu and Leeds Playhouse (2021)
A commission to write two monologues co-created with an actor for the second volume of the audition monologues for actors of colour
Nicole was one of five writers selected to write two monologues for Hear Me Now Volume 2: audition monologues for actors of colour through the Leeds Playhouse branch of the project. She worked with actor Shreya Patel to co-create initial concepts of characters for the monologues then wrote drafts which were given dramaturgy from Natasha Kathi-Chandra before being performed at a final workshop.
Nicole’s monologues Oceans Apart and SluttySchoolTeacher will be published as part of the volume by Bloomsbury. Oceans Apart looks at a mermaid facing a decision about her future with her lover. SluttySchoolTeacher focuses on a teacher who is defending her job after her BDSM OnlyFans profile was leaked to the school.
Crips with Chips at Home
Graeae Theatre (2021)
Supa Shero directed by Cheryl Martin; performed by Evelyn Oyedokun, Racheal Tse and Amelia Cavallo. Dramaturgy: Josh Elliot and Nickie Miles-Wildin.
Nicole was commissioned to write to the brief of a TV genre for a short play for Zoom for Graeae’s first digital Crips with Chips scratch night.
Supa Shero looks at the titular hero and her sidekick Sista Brainz, two black and brown women using their super strength and intellect to kick ass and fight crime in a former industrial city overwrought with corruption and depravity, Beedy City. Nicole would like to develop the short piece into a full-length play in the future.
Cast Theatre (2021)
Nicole was a selected Emerging Playwright at Cast. In this two-stranded role she was mentored, received tailored workshops and was commissioned to write a short piece, which was given an R&D and live-streamed performance from the theatre.
Nicole developed a short play to a brief, titled Crystal. The play explores friendship, trauma and healing through working class women of colour from Yorkshire. Nicole would like to develop the short piece into a full-length play in the future.
Photo: Actor Lizzie Robin performing Crystal during an R&D of the script (Cast, 2021) Image by: Rasha Kotaiche.
My Big Cousin
Longlisted for CBeebies JoJo and Gran Gran (BBC Writersroom, 2021); Supported by Cast & Box of Tricks (2020-21)
A children's musical for ages 5+ written by Nicole Joseph, music by Tommi Bryson
All Little Cousin wants to do is play, but Big Cousin keeps letting boring adult things get in the way! They go on an adventure into town where they hope nothing will spoil their magic day.
The play will be an hour in length with puppetry and music. A music demo of ‘The Adventure Song’ can be found below!