Queer, hairy, and "uses humour as a feminist weapon" [Sunday Times], stage & screen writer Francesca Forristal is an Edinburgh TV Festival 2020 New Voice nominee (supported by Netflix) and Off West End Award finalist ’19. They're also a multi-award-winning drag king featured on the BBC and BBC Bitesize, improvising ‘Sequins, Spoofs, and Salaciousness!’ [The Guardian]. Forristal’s screen work ranges from feminist horror-features ('The Bunker Game’ - Eagle Pictures, Canal Plus) to queer Victorian animation series (in development with Legendary TV). Represented by Jethro Thompson at Tavistock Wood.

Forristal and co-writer Jordan Clarke's latest "original and edgy" [The Guardian] musical, PUBLIC DOMAIN, was The Times' Pick of the Week [The Times Hotlist] at the Southwark Playhouse, and has a West End transfer to The Vaudeville Theatre. Their other musical, P.S. I'm a Terrible Person - made the Styles and Drewe Mentorship Award shortlist 2021, and the Pleasance Theatre's 'Charlie Hartill Reserve Fund' Award 2019. It is currently in development. Forristal and Clarke received a merit award from LA New Voices Project 2021, supported by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. 

Musical Comedy Awards 2019 Finalist,  Bechdel Theatre #FeministFave 2018, and winner of the Phoenix's Improv Act of the Year Award, you can find Forristal improvising sketches and raps on the BBC, BBC Bitesize, at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Underbelly Southbank, The Royal Festival Hall... all over the place really. Francesca is excited by projects which combine music, sound-design, and theatre with a twist of dark comedy, to create original and thought-provoking work. 

For more info about Forristal and Clarke Musicals, (co-run with Jordan Clarke) check out their website here


"Sharp, delicious satire. An original and edgy show, recommended! Performed to pitch perfection by Forristal."

Arifa Akbar - THE GUARDIAN, 2021

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at the Southwark Playhouse, 2021

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P.S. I’m A Terrible Person is a dark comedy musical about addiction inspired by true events, currently in development. This show is the high before a caffeine-crash. It's twisted, and funny, and addictive. Provoking frank, much-needed conversations about disordered eating with all the high-octane headiness of a modern musical.

The cast for the Sept, 2021 workshop included Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Even Hansen), Piers Bate (Waitress), Charlotte Vaughan (The Phantom of the Opera), Lewis Cornay (The Book of Mormon), Lottie Johnson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Francesca Forristal as Martha Weiss.

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A new theatre company based in London, dedicated to writing new contemporary musicals.​ 

In Production:

P.S. I'm A Terrible Person

PUBLIC DOMAIN (Southwark Playhouse 2021) 



BBC Feature Video -  Life as a London Drag King

THE METRO - I'm a Drag King by F. Forristal

EVENING STANDARD - Top Ten LGBTQ Shows to see in London

QX MagazineDrag Kings and Body Dysmorphia by F. Forristal

BACKSTAGE - Gender Bending Artform Taking London by Storm

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