In November 2022, we produced a 20 minute extract of Carol Russell’s play Fractured Reflections as part of the Criterion New Writers Programme.
Criterion New Writing is a ground-breaking education program that has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 2015. Over 100 playwrights have completed the course with a number of showcased plays now in commercial development. The stage of the Criterion Theatre, in the heart of the West End, is the perfect arena in which to break down barriers and create new opportunities for new creative voices.
Carol Russell is British Jamaican. She trained at the Jamaica School of Drama and now writes for stage, radio and screen. Some of her work can be heard on BBC Sounds, including, Stone Series 9 and Faith Hope and Glory Series 3 and 4. She currently has television work in development with three production companies including GreenAcre Films where she’s working on two series, Dark Justice and What Happened at Number 4? and a project with Chatham Grove, the company founded by Oscar-winning Tarrell McCraney (Moonlight). Carol wrote one of the episodes of multi-award winning drama series, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (BBC 2019). She was longlisted for Thousand Films/Sid Gentle Films Screenwriting competition, was one of 15 writers chosen for the inaugural MEDIAXCHANGE Advanced Television Writing Programme 2017/2018 and one of 20 writers chosen from around Europe for the inaugural SERIES MANIA Writers’ Campus 2018. She was principle scriptwriter for two series of Comin’ Atcha for ITV. Carol has also worked with Red Productions and was commissioned to write a series based on her screenplay House of Usher, one of six short films originally made by Crucial Productions for the BBC. Her monologue, Horns of a Dilemma, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She was also one of the BAFTA nominated team of adapters of Jacqueline Wilson’s Story of Tracy Beaker.
The cast for Fractured Reflections included Trevor Laird, Ayesha Antoine, Angela Wynter and Sarah-Louise Young.