Laura’s screenplay THE RIOT CLUB, an adaptation of her 2010 stage play POSH, premièred at Toronto International Film Festival 2014. It opened in cinemas on September 2014. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig and stars Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth.
Laura is currently under commission to the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre and The Lyric, Hammersmith.
Her play POSH opened in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 11 May 2012. The original production opened at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2010 to sell out audiences.
**** “beautifully observed, very funny” The Evening Standard
**** The Sunday Times **** The Financial Times
***** What’s On Stage **** The Daily Telegraph
***** “Laura Wade’s depiction of wealth and privilege is savagely funny” Time Out
In November 2010 her play for voices, KREUTZER VS KREUTZER, was performed as part of a concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra featuring music by Beethoven and Janacek, on a national tour of Australia, including the Sydney Opera House.
Laura’s play ALICE, a new adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for Sheffield Theatres opened in June 2010.
…a delight…” Guardian ****
**** Independent **** Sunday Times
“…surreal, funny, touchingly relevant…” Sheffield Star
“…dazzling piece of theatre.” Yorkshire Post ****
Laura is developing her first feature film ONE LAST TIME with Feelgood Fiction and the BFI Film Fund.
In 2006 Laura won the Pearson Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for COLDER THAN HERE and BREATHING CORPSES.
Her play OTHER HANDS premiered at Soho Theatre in February 2006 to enormous acclaim:
“What an outstanding talent…Her feel for character is exceptionally keen and she also writes excellent gags. This is an extraordinary feat- a vicious satire with a heart of gold- wrought with peculiar subtlety and intelligence.” The Spectator
“I take it back. Last week I was bewailing the current lack of outstanding new plays, and now here is one”. The Independent.
Laura’s play COLDER THAN HERE premiered at Soho Theatre in February 2005 followed shortly afterwards by her Royal Court Theatre debut BREATHING CORPSES – both of which won rave reviews. Laura was subsequently joint winner of the prestigious George Devine Award 2005. COLDER THAN HERE has its US premiere in New York, as an MCC Theater Production in September 2005.
Laura’s groundbreaking adaptation of WH Davies’ YOUNG EMMA opened at the Finborough Theatre, London (where she was a Pearson Writer-in-Residence) in December 2003 presented by Bright Angel Productions and directed by Tamara Harvey.
‘Wade’s script never makes too much of it, skipping through the tale, spicing all with gentle humour. This is a sweet, bawdy Fringe gem. Go see it. It’s enriching.’
Critics Choice. Kieron Quirke, Time Out
Laura was a member of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2003.
Laura has written several plays for young people including THE WILD SWANS, TWELVEMACHINE, and THE LAST CHILD, a trilogy of fairy tale reworkings for Playbox Theatre. She has also written a number of plays for BBC Radio, including HUM, OTHERKIN, COUGHS & SNEEZES and GOOD TIMES ROLL.
Photograph by Linda Nylind