Fiona Simpson

Arts Marketing, Comedy Writing and Performing

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsWriter - Comedian - Producer
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About me

I write and produce comedy, create copy and content for Apples and Snakes (England's leading Spoken Word organisation) and write short stories. I am Soho Theatre Comedy Lab and Contact Young Company Alumni. My short stories have been published in the Big Issue North New Writing anthology, the Anne Pierson Award for Young Writers anthology and in various zines. I wrote and produced a web series called Phyllis which was released in 2016. I am interested in writing, producing and collaborating with others. I am currently working towards taking a split-bill stand-up show ‘Bumpkins’ to 2018’s Edinburgh Fringe. In addition to the roles listed below I have worked in administrative roles including as a Financial Administrator for a primary school and a Research Administrator for an education charity.

Skills

  • Communications
  • Website Copywriting
  • Content Creation
  • Comedy Improvisation
  • Comedy Writing
  • Production
  • Administration
  • Copywriting
  • Project Co-ordination
  • Team Collaboration

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  • C

    Cofilmic

    • R

      RDF Television and True North Productions

      • P

        Phyllis

        • F

          Flipbook People

          Work history

          Currently

          Comedian

          Bumpkins

          Oct 2017
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • 'Bumpkins' is a show about ugly dogs, environmental catastrophe and motherhood, amongst other things, created with Eleri Morgan and Ruth Right. The show has toured to Cambridge Fringe, Hastings Fringe and Merthyr Comedy Festival. We are a part of Laughing Horse’s Free Fringe 2018 and have self-produced the show.

          Currently

          Communications Executive

          Apples and Snakes

          Oct 2016
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • Apples and Snakes is England’s leading spoken word organisation. They programme events, run masterclasses and support performance poets at all stages of their career. As Communications Executive my focus is on creating content for the website and social media and developing and supporting with marketing campaigns. I write the twice monthly newsletter and for the company website. I have developed the 'Apples and Snakes: Blackbox' project in collaboration with UTC Elstree, 'Apples and Snakes: Blackbox' is a video project devised in order to create high quality spoken word videos of the sectors' best artists.

          2016

          Oct 2015 - Aug 2016
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Flipbook People was a project created with two other arts producers. Initially programmed by Haphazard festival in 2016, Flipbook People offered children the opportunity to invent new heroic persona’s whilst exploring costumes and role play. Flipbook People has since been commissioned by festivals in Wales and Australia.

          2016

          Writer/ Producer/ Performer

          Phyllis

          Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Phyllis is an original comedy web-series produced by Micheal Jacob (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Smoking Room). Created by Fiona Simpson the series follows Phyllis, a raging mass of hormones and insecurities, desperate for love and attention, Phyllis will do anything to change her life. She wants love. Love doesn't want Phyllis. "If Fi’s early work is anything to go by, her funny walk belongs to the ministry. Her ability to create a comedy of bad manners for the twenty-first century was spotted at a stand-up gig by ex-BBC producer Michael Jacob" - Sue Bennett, I love MCR

          2013

          Nov 2012 - Apr 2013
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • Between November 2012 and April 2013 I gained work experience in television production. Working as an office runner for True North productions, time coding scripts, writing supporting copy for the website and supporting the production coordinator with shoot planning. I also worked as a studio runner for RDF supporting with games testing and shoot planning for their production ‘Britain’s Brightest’.

          2014

          Production and Marketing Assistant

          Cofilmic

          Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • Cofilmic was a production company and Manchester’s first comedy short-film festival. I helped with the organisation and running of the festival. I wrote relevant marketing copy for both online and printed publication and supported with the coordination of festival events, hosted at The Comedy Store, Manchester. I also worked as an Assistant Producer and on-set PA during Cofilmic film shoots.

          Education

          Currently

          Master of Arts (Merit) Post-1900 Literatures, Theories and Culture

          The University of Manchester

          Sep 2013
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • I completed a creative writing module with distinction, wrote and produced a short film for the module ‘Filming History’ which achieved a distinction and completed a 13,000-word dissertation ‘Psycho, Psychoanalysis and the Cold War’ which achieved a distinction.

          2011

          Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) English and Creative Writing

          Manchester Metropolitan University

          Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
          • Manchester, United Kingdom
          • Whilst studying for my BA I was selected to participate on the ‘Writer in Residency’ scheme and taught creative writing at two secondary schools in Bolton. I completed a creative dissertation which achieved first class marks. And completed a wide variety of modules including in children’s literature, contemporary writing and modernism and post-modernism.