Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton

Shakespeare Institute
Creative Fellow 2019

Contact details

The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft
Church Street
CV37 6HP

I’m a theatre-maker, writer and performer. I spend most of my time creating my own theatre projects as a writer/performer in collaboration with directors, designers and other performers. These include: You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, Mess, Islands. The work I make is funny, stupid and profound – often wild – often personal – sometimes political. It tours nationally and internationally.

As I writer I’ve always been interested in other media and in 2013, started writing and performing audio dramas for Radio 4. I’ve also written for BBC series including Home Front and Tracks. In 2016 I became BBC Birmingham’s first Writer in Residence, working across radio and TV dramas produced in the city.

I also create pieces under commission for other companies as a theatre-maker or writer (recently for New Vic Theatre and Derby Theatre) and I often collaborate as a performer, writer, director, deviser, dramaturg or outside-eye on other people’s work. I regularly mentor emerging theatre makers and companies and lead workshops.


  • BA first-class honours in English Literature, Cambridge University (2004)
  • Two year theatre training at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris (2005-7)
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills, Newman University, Birmingham (2016)


I began making my own theatre as a writer/performer in 2009 with a solo show, You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy (2013 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre, 2010 winner of The Stage Award Best Solo Performer). Mess, the next show I made, is an ensemble piece based on my experiences of anorexia and recovery, it toured internationally for 6 years after opening at The Traverse in Edinburgh in 2012, where it won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards. Islands, opened at The Bush theatre in 2015 before transferring to the 2015 British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival. I made further solo shows, Tranklements for the New Vic (2015) and Penelope RETOLD for Derby Theatre (2014). Work for BBC Radio 4 includes: Paris, Nana & Me (2014 Imison Award nominee), Pandora (2016), and on long-running series’ Home Front and Tracks.

I regularly collaborate with other companies as a deviser, performer, writer and director. I also mentor artists and companies and lead workshops. In 2016 I became the first BBC Birmingham Writer in Residence, working across radio and TV dramas produced in the city. I received a Collaborative Research Award from The Culture Capital Exchange for a project interrogating narrative and meaning-making across different art forms with Dr Jacqueline Taylor (BCU) in 2016.

I’m currently developing a new show with a British-Spanish ensemble, Muckers (the egg, Bath and Conde Duque, Madrid) and a new solo piece, All of Me, with long-term collaborators and producers China Plate. As part of my time as Creative Fellow, I will be directing and developing a new show in collaboration with Birmingham spoken word artist, Amerah Saleh at The Other Place (RSC).


During my time as Creative Fellow I will be delivering masterclasses and workshops for the MA in Shakespeare and Creativity.

I regularly deliver workshops and mentor, most recently for: Rose Bruford/Told By An Idiot (MA in Collaborative Theatre); Blink (neurodiverse dance theatre company); Derby University and Birmingham Rep Theatre.


  • You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy and Mess (Methuen) (2012)
  • Islands (Methuen) (2015)