Caroline Horton

Caroline is an award-winning artist based in Birmingham.


She spends most of her time as Caroline Horton & Co making her own theatre projects as a writer/performer. Recent projects include: You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, Mess and Islands that continue to tour the UK and abroad. She is currently developing a new show All Of Me.


Her work is fun, stupid and profound - often personal – sometimes political. 


She is an associate artist at Birmingham Rep and the first BBC Birmingham Writer in Residence.


Caroline also creates/performs theatre pieces for other companies (recently Penelope Retold for Derby Theatre and Tranklements for the New Vic) and often collaborates as a performer, writer, director, deviser on other people’s work.


Caroline is an experienced mentor to emerging theatre makers and companies and a regular workshop leader.
She is a writer interested in different media and has recently started writing/performing audio drama for Radio 4 (recently Paris, Nana & Me). Her new play Pandora is broadcast on Radio 4 on 14th April.




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Other Projects


Penelope Retold created for Derby Theatre in 2014, toured nationally in 2015. "Welcome to Ithaca. Island paradise and home to Penelope. She’s married to a world famous war hero and she’s had enough of waiting quietly. Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, Penelope RETOLD is an irreverent collision of classic myth and contemporary rage. An epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful tale of love, loneliness and the need to be free.”
Tranklements created for New Vic Theatre in 2015. "It looks like the party’s over; Mercia’s nothing special and there’s nothing much to see. But dig deeper and her home is as old as the hills. As her strange story trickles out, it seems she’s just been keeping her treasures close to her chest. A funny, inspiring solo performance about home, underdogs, Midlands spirit and everything we miss.”


Caroline writes and performs audio drama and her second play for radio Pandora is broadcast on Radio 4 on 14th April. Her first piece, Nana, Paris & Me was shortlisted for the Imison Award 2014 (for Best First Play) at the BBC Audio Drama awards. Listen to a clip.




Caroline has mainly written for theatre and radio. She is also interested in writing for other media. She's been selected as the first BBC Birmingham writer in residence, working across BBC programmes in Birmingham. Caroline was also part of the Royal Court’s makers group 2015 and is currently part of their writer’s summer group. With enquiries about writing projects, either email Caroline directly or contact her literary agent - Lily Williams at Curtis Brown


Caroline regularly works with other companies as a performer, deviser, director or dramaturg. Recent work includes:

  • directing Fran Moulds’ new show (work in progress at BAC Cook Up 2015)
  • directing and co-adapting Grisly Tales from Tumblewater for Teasel Theatre. 
  • creating/performing a podcast for Fuel’s series While You Wait
  • performing as Heidi at the egg, Bath, directed by Lee Lyford
  • performing as Cinderella in the version by Melly Still and Ben Power at Warwick Arts Centre.

More info on Spotlight 

Caroline Horton on Curtis Brown



Best Solo Performer The Stage Awards 2010 You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy
Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement nominee 2013 You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy
Best Ensemble The Stage Awards 2012 Mess
Best New Play nominee Offies 2013 Mess
Argus Angel Award 2013 Mess
Shortlisted for Imison Award, Best New Audio Drama, BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015, Paris, Nana & Me



Walking back to my rented flat after witnessing Caroline Horton’s one-woman tour de force, a funny thing happened – I started sobbing with what I can only describe as pure joy.” What’s On Stage ★★★★★ (Chrissy)
comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major, major talent” Time Out ★★★★ (Mess)
a compelling monodrama” The Guardian ★★★★ (Penelope Retold)
For sheer entrancing oddity, however, it is hard to beat Caroline Horton’s solo performance… Horton’s homecoming tale draws genuine tears of emotion” The Guardian ★★★★ (Tranklements)

the most talked about show this year” Andrew Haydon (Islands)

Workshops & Mentoring

Caroline regularly mentors theatre makers and companies. She is a mentor on the Birmingham Rep's Foundry artist development scheme. Caroline delivers a variety of devising and writing workshops for different groups. Recently for students at Birmingham University, Warwick University, Nottingham University, Queen Mary’s and regularly leads workshops for Birmingham Rep.
Current workshops include:  Turning personal stories into theatre, Games and clowning, Creating a solo show, Devising. Caroline also delivers an eating disorder awareness workshop developed in conjunction with experts from the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry. This workshop is usually part of a Mess tour. For more details about workshops (including prices) available by email. She has spoken at a variety of institutions and conferences and is open to other ways of collaborating with schools, universities and other institutions. She is available to undertake residencies, and develop workshops for specific projects.

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