Olga Nikora

Olga Nikora

Playwright

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Olga’s first play “Tightrope Bonnie” was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival. Her short play “Then they came for me” was produced as part of a student scratch night at Greenwich Theatre. After winning the Write Now Writing Contest, Olga had her play ‘rock paper scissors' performed at the Brockley Jack Theatre. Her play “Stroika”, was commissioned by the RSC. Most recently Olga has been awarded the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright award. Her TV pilot "Selling Out" was shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom. She has previously won the Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Contest and the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting contest.

Readings: LEAVE TO REMAIN, reading, at Queen’s Theatre and also at The Arts Theatre (dir. Rachel Valentine Smith); TO THE FREE, reading performed at The New Diorama Theatre, and a different version of the same play at the Unicorn Theatre, (dir. Sharon Willems); DAVID, Staged reading, Hackney Attic at the Hackney Picture House (dir. Eleanor Barr); EVERYMAN, reading, Soho Theatre, London (dir. Josh Roche), written as a commission for Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six; IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS, Staged reading, Soho Theatre Hub Night (dir. Dan Herd.); TIGHTROPE BONNIE, Staged reading, Soho Theatre (dir. Dan Herd.); Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award; DON’T SHOOT, I’M AN ACCOUNTANT! Staged reading at the Actors’ Centre, (dir. Tamara Felisa Micner)

Reviews:

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS (two week performance run)
Brockley Jack Theatre, (dir. Kate Bannister) winner of the Write NOW 6 Festival
- http://www.brockleyjack.co.uk/portfolio/rock-paper-scissors/
- “Olga wrote this script to absolute perfection. Not only did the narrative flow easily, but the characters were introduced in depth, allowing the audience to build a connection with them from the very beginning. The storyline itself is very realistic, incorporating a range of themes and issues within each of the character’s lives. With such simplistic conversation, the whole time you feel as though you are a fly on the wall in their small living area”***** http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review/12047/interesting-narrative-very-talented-actors/
- “Nikora has a talent to inject fire and emotion into every line that engages the audience tirelessly holding their attention until the very last. 90 minutes straight through, and not once did it falter” ***** http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/05/22/rock-paper-scissors-at-brockley-jack-studio-theatre-review/
- “Rock Paper Scissors” is a tremendous play and a worthy winner of ‘Write Now 6’. The text flows beautifully and really paints a wonderful word picture of the four characters… At around 90 minutes with no interval it is an intense and emotional work." **** https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/107303/rock-paper-scissors-at-brockley-jack-studio-theatre/

THEN THEY CAME FOR ME, one night performance as part of a student scratch night, Greenwich Theatre, London, (dir. Ahmed El-Alfy); winner of the Vertical Line Theatre New Writers’ Award “very well paced, emotion-fuelled, alarming, and brilliant” http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2013/02/05/theatre-review-line-up-at-greenwich-theatre/

 

 

Education

Playwrighting - Playwrighting - Royal Court Young Writers Group

Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

Network