About Emma

Brief History

Emma Payne is a writer.

She has had comedy sketches broadcast on Rush Hour, a BBC3 series; and has worked as a commissioned writer for The News Quiz, The Now Show, The Headset Set and Recorded for Training Purposes on Radio 4; and Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra.

As a playwright, she has had her work performed at the Tricyle Theatre, Etcetera Theatre and Lyric Studio Hammersmith.

As a journalist, she has worked on publications including The Times, Sunday Times and Time Out.
She also writes art and ephemera blog Fed by Birds and podcasts at Bluebell FM.

At the age of 16, she wrote a poem called The Boxer, which has taken on a surprising new life in school textbooks in Australia and South Africa.

Monsters of the Forest


One-act play about the teenage assassins of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, commissioned by Net Curtains Theatre Company for Tales of the Black Hand, four plays on the theme of assassination, performed at the Tricycle Theatre.

The play was inspired by the folk tales of Serbia, which are full of forest-dwelling monsters, from one-eyed witches to the mysterious screaming “drekavac” – along with the twentieth-century terrors unleashed by fanatical boys with guns, learning to shoot in the woods outside Belgrade.

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