Meg Toogood

Writer, Director, Producer

I write adventurous stories.

I create worlds that audiences can escape into, plots that move along at pace and characters with things to discover about themselves and their place in society. While I love to examine the political landscape with all its injustices and struggles, I prefer to frame these issues in an entertaining story.

I’ve been shortlisted for various awards and schemes including the BBC Writers’ Room, CWA Debut Dagger, Theatre 503 seed commissions and the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

Upcoming projects

UNDER THE SEA
Film
The captain of a submersible used for sightseeing trips must use her wits to survive when she’s hijacked by a young woman determined to cut an undersea internet cable. Work in progress.

DEATH OF AN ACTOR
Stage play
A woman who lives alone mourns the death of her favourite actor and ponders the vital part imagined version of him has played in her life. Work in Progress.

WHERE THE SUN DOESN’T BURN
Full length play
Separated into Perspex pods as the sun slowly dies, two people find love. Written to observe new social distancing rules in Italian theatre and programmed by Teatro F.di Bartolo Pisa (in translation).

FRANK
Full length play
The captain of a submersible used for sightseeing trips must A one-man contemporary retelling of Frankenstein. Originally scheduled for a run at KATZSPACE in May 2020, postponed due to the theatre shutdown.

THE WAY OUT
Full length play
The captain of a submersible used for sightseeing trips must A kidnapped woman turns the tables on her kidnapper and steals his money.

Previous projects

INTO THE RAVINE
Short play
A climber gets stuck on the edge of a mountain that looks suspiciously like a Brexit metaphor. Staged at the Old Red Lion as part of a night of short plays April 2019.

A LITTLE LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING
One act play
One act play celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and the birth of the fight for the rights of single parents. Staged at Southwark Playhouse, Dec 2018.

FLOAT
Film
Low tech heist movie, a getaway across the London Underground with ten grand in small change. Written with co-writer. Top 5% for BBC Writers’ Room drama window March 2018.

FROST. FEVER. FLOOD
Full length play                    
Three interconnected stories set above, on, and below the river Thames. Shortlisted for Theatre 503 seed commission, August 2017.

E&C SCRATCH
Four short pieces on the themes of death, disaster, friendship and escape. Staged as part of a regular scratch night at the Horse and Stables in 2016.

LOOT
TV Pilot
A museum curator discovers his late father was involved in trading illegal antiquities and must prove to the police he has not continued the family business. Graduation piece for MA, December 2015.

A COMPANY OF ROSES
Self-published novel
When her best friend goes missing leaving behind a trail of destruction and a set of enigmatic clues Cas is drawn into the race to find a lost Elizabethan treasure. Published July 2015. Reached the top 20 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition in 2016.

IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND
Pitch                                          
When treasure is found in a Sussex village a young, black archaeologist must requestion it in the name of the Queen. Longlisted for the T.S Eliot Commissions at the Old Vic, September 2014

SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS
Radioplay                                                
A researcher accidentally creates a medical device that allows her to listen to every sound in the universe. Winner, IdeasTap Inspires and BBC Writers’ Room, August 2014.

A RANDOM ACT OF GENEROSITY
Unpublished novel
An archaeologist and a young police officer attempt to solve a murder in a quiet Sussex village. Shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Debut Dagger award 2006.

EDUCATION

LCC, Screenwriting, MA, 2016
City University, Writing Fiction, 2005
University of York, Archaeology, BA, 1999