A young actress and playwright from Hemel Hempstead is set to have her self-penned play turned into a TV series.
Charlotte Briant, who grew up in Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead, has been approached by two production companies who want to develop her play Bitch Boxer for television.
Charlotte, 24, said: “It’s pretty mad. I’ve never written for TV, so they’re going to offer me a sort of mentorship.
“It’s a long process and I’m quite impatient, but hopefully in a year’s time I’ll have a script that we can pitch to Channel 4.”
The one-woman show focuses on the life of London teenager Chloe as she trains for the London 2012 Olympics.
Charlotte had no previous boxing experience before stepping into the role, so began training at Islington Boxing Club in North London – where she recently moved to – and fell in love with the sport.
She said: “It taught me to be brave enough to have a go, as well as timekeeping skills and a good mental attitude.”
The former Cavendish School student already took Bitch Boxer to Edinburgh last year after it won a slot on the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season – a scheme which offers financial and creative support.
Charlotte said: “We had a really successful run, and as soon as Nicola Adams won the gold we sold out!”
Since then Bitch Boxer has gone from strength to strength, with a national tour which came after a three-week run at the Soho Theatre in London, as well as Charlotte scooping 2012’s Soho Theatre Young Writer of The Year Award.
Charlotte said of the tour: “It was amazing travelling up and down the country, sharing this story with some many different people.
“I tried as much as possible to get in touch with local boxing gyms whilst on tour, training with them in the morning and offering them tickets to the show in the evening.
“I feel like one of our proudest achievements has been hearing audience members say that they don’t often go to the theatre, but that they really enjoyed it.”
And there’s no stopping Charlotte – who also co-runs theatre company Snuff Box Theatre with two friends – as she prepares to take Bitch Boxer to Edinburgh again this summer as part of the British Council Showcase.
Charlotte said: “This means performing the play for a short run up at the festival in front of delegates from theatres in other countries, with the hope to open up international touring opportunities for next year.”
Bitch Boxer will be at the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 18 to the 25. Click here to buy tickets.