Thea Smiley graduated from the UEA in 2012. Her first play, The Books, was performed at the Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, that same year. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and shortlisted for the Flipside Festival and the Bridport Prize. In 2014, she won the Words and Women ‘About’ competition, and her monologue was published and performed the following year at the Forum, Norwich. Her play, Powerhouse, was selected for the first INK Festival. Then Return of the Wildman, commissioned by Wonderful Beast Theatre Company, sold out at HighTide Festival 2015 and was performed in May as part of Wonderful Beast’s Storm of Stories. A short version of Role Play premiered at INK 2016, and has since been rewritten as a full-length play.