This year's writing team, headed by the magisterial David K. Barnes, is a right treat. The show started writing almost a year ago with fingers firmly crossed that we would hit our fundraising targets. Each episode goes via David and is batted back and forward with adjustments being made right up to and including recording days based on the overall thrust of the season, characters' arcs, and how individual lines sound at the readthroughs.
David K. Barnes is the creator and head writer of Wooden Overcoats, for which his The Bane of Rudyard (Season 1 Episode 1) was nominated for Best European Digital Audio of the Year at the Prix Europa 2016. Other audio credits include Drayton Trench (Wireless Theatre & Snatchback), Outliers (Historic Royal Palaces) and Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions). He also writes comedies for the stage, with credits including the internationally produced Timothy and the Offie-nominated Birthday Suit.
This season, David is the sole writer on episodes 1, 5, 6 and 8, co-writer on the backers-only summer special with Alex Lynch, and script editor on episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7.
Follow David on Twitter: @velvetbarnes
Find out more about David's work: www.davidkbarnes.com
Rosie Fletcher is a writer, broadcaster, podcaster, occasional stand-up comedian, and former professional Girl Guide. A regular voice on Radio 4, her series for The Film Programme, Rosemary vs the Rom Com, was broadcast throughout Summer 2017. She is half of the long-running podcast Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun and wrote Random Mouse and Island of Passion for Wooden Overcoats’ Piffling Lives strand. A contributor to the New Statesman and the Observer, Rosie is currently writing a children’s book.
Rosie wrote episode 3 of Season 3.
Follow Rosie on Twitter: @rosieatlarge
Find out more about Rosie and Jessica's Day of Fun: www.rosieandjessica.co.uk
James Hamilton is a triple award winning comedy writer and sketch comedian, best known as the creator of both critically acclaimed UK sketch troupe Casual Violence and podcast sitcom Hector Vs The Future - the latter of which he co-wrote with his writing partner James Huntrods. He works as a regular staff writer on Cartoon Network’s BAFTA winning The Amazing World of Gumbal, credited on 55 episodes across its fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. Alongside the venerable Mr Huntrods, he has written for shows including Disney's upcoming Space Chickens In Space. He is currently developing new shows for television and the internet.
James co-wrote episode 2 of Season 3 with James Huntrods.
Follow James on Twitter: @jameshamilton
Find out more about James' work: www.jameshamiltoncomedy.co.uk
James Huntrods graduated with an MA in Scriptwriting from Central School of Speech and Drama. His sitcom Blue Sky Thinking won The Sitcom Mission and has since gone into development with Hat Trick and Comedy Central. His new sitcom Kate the Great is in development with Balloon Productions. He also writes for theatre with short plays at Arcola, Bush, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre 503 and New Diorama, as well as writing three plays for the Edinburgh Fringe. With James Hamilton he co-wrote comedy podcast Hector vs The Future as well as writing episodes of Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball.
James co-wrote episode 2 of Season 3 with James Hamilton.
Follow James on Twitter: @jameshuntrods
Find out more about James' work: www.jameshuntrods.com
Molly Beth Morossa is a multi-award award winning performer, writer, theatre maker and cabaret artist. Her first solo show, Carnival of Crows, was nominated for four awards with one win at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Her latest show, Greywing House, won the Spirit of the Festival Award at VAULT 2016 after touring the UK in 2015 and being in residency at The Old Red Lion as part of a double bill of her solo shows. Her podcast work includes writing on The Unseen Hour and performing in Hector Vs The Future. Molly is a regular on the London cabaret scene and can often be seen at It's YOUR Funeral.
Molly wrote episode 7 of Season 3.
Follow Molly on Twitter: @MBethMorossa
Find out more about Molly's work: www.mollybethmorossa.co.uk
Alex Lynch is a comedy writer whose BBC Radio 4 credits include The News Quiz and his narrative sketch series, Expenses Only. Alex writes, produces and hosts the retrospective parody podcast, All Glory, for SOAP (on-soap.com). Alex has also written commercials for Picturehouse Cinemas, and two short films: Mugged (also as co-producer) and Jack & Jill (nominated for Best Comedy at LOCO and London Short Film Festival 2016). He is also a performer, having trained in long-form improvisation at the Free Association, and is currently working on his debut solo character show: Dead Air.
Alex co-wrote the backers-only summer special with David K. Barnes.
Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexJRLynch
Follow All Glory on Twitter: @AllGloryPod
Tom Crowley has written for Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show and The News Quiz. As part of comedy group Sad Faces, he performed in and co-wrote six Edinburgh Fringe shows between 2008-2015 as well as the group's Radio 4Extra series Four Sad Faces in 2008. He has adapted several children's classics including The Princess and the Pea and The Tin Woodman of Oz as children's stage comedies for Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, where he is currently an Associate Artist. He is the writer of the stage adaptation of the Rocky Horror sequel, Shock Treatment, which premiered at the King's Head Theatre in April 2015. Most recently, he directed his own modernised adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations as the Old Red Lion Theatre's Christmas show for 2017. The adaptation's text was published by Methuen to coincide with this production. And he plays Eric.
Tom wrote episode 4 of Season 3.
Follow Tom on Twitter: @crowleeey