ABOUT

A renowned and award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester, Louise Wallwein has made a name for herself as an explosive artist that detonates her audiences’ imaginations.

Louise was brought up in 13 different children’s homes and wrote her first play at the age of 17. Her career took off in 1998 when she performed an award winning one-woman show on the wing of a world war 2 Shackleton reconnaissance aircraft and her various experiences as a cleaner, club promoter and dancer at the Hacienda and activist for organisations such as anti clause 28 and Viraj Mendis defence campaign have undoubtedly shaped her. 

Her plays have been broadcast by the BBC, graced the stage of Sydney Opera House, Royal Exchange and Contact Manchester.

GLUE, her acclaimed, theatre demolishing one-woman show is currently on tour. Louise is under commission with National Theatre Wales and B.B.C Radio 4, and is one of the Hull 17 Poets in residence.

Louise has made 20 films with young people around the UK, working for Bolton at Home, Home Manchester and UCLAN. Fall won Best Film at the BFI Awards 2015.

Louise is in demand from artists to support them with mentoring and dramaturgy. Most notably:

- Julie McNamara, Chanje Kunda Amsterdam/Superposition
- The Welcoming Party, TheatreRites/MIF
- Stories Of Care, Sophie Willan
- Isaiah Hull, BBC WordsFirst
- Fergus Evans, Contact


the facts

- Louise Wallwein is a performer, poet, playwright and participation artist.
- Her current one-woman show GLUE is on tour, lifting the lid on her 15-year performance hiatus and her first book will be available this September.
- Her work has been part of a number of anthologies, with her published poem debut in Commonword with her poem, The Dropkick from God in 1997.
- Louise is in much demand as a writing tutor and mentor, and is an expert in creative engagement, working with all sorts of people and having conducted many short and long-term residencies since 1999.
- Louise has directed 13 short films, collaborated with animators and musicians on several projects and written four community plays.
- Among many writing residencies, Louise was the 2006 Poet in Residence in Queensland and Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada. 
- Louise's notable commissions include the poem for the opening of the Olympics in the North, performed in Salford Quays, Skid 180 at Contact theatre and Dirty White Girl for BBC Radio 3.
- Louise believes in bridging the distance between a person and their own voice.

Louise is a remarkable playwright, theatre-maker and collaborator with a distinctive voice and theatrical flare.
— Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director, Manchester Royal Exchange