Rebecca Manley

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Rebecca Manley


Rebecca (she/her) is a writer for TV and theatre. She has written extensively for young people and after being selected for the BBC drama writers programme, is developing a number of TV dramas with independent production companies and working with Peter Straughan on a TV series. She worked for a number of years for Clean Break, where she ran the Young Women’s programme and delivered projects in women’s prisons. She has worked extensively in domestic violence work, delivering training to the police and Social Services with Thangam Debbonaire, now Labour MP for Bristol West. She developed a gender-based violence prevention programme for schools for which she wrote a play and produced a film with National Youth Theatre.

Rebecca originally trained as an actor and worked in theatre, film and TV, some of her favourite work with Shane Meadows as Babs, Woody’s mum in all three series of This is England and with Clio Barnard in the award winning film The Selfish Giant. She has since worked with Barnard on story and character development on her latest film Ali and Ava. Rebecca’s work as a writer, as a teacher and facilitator, and with many charities she has worked with, has always at its heart been about challenging inequality and injustice, particularly around gender and class.

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