Polly graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2017. She trained on the BA Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre course which teaches theatre-making alongside classical actor training.
Polly recently performed in Babyshow at the Unicorn Theatre, directed by Sarah Argent. This is a show aimed at 6-18 month olds, and will be returning in March this year.
For Christmas 2022, she devised Freaks with co-collaborator Colette McNulty. This was a new Christmas play for the White Bear, Kennington, performed alongside other new writing by Off Main Stage. Polly performs regularly with actor and writer Cameron Corcoran, founder of Off Main Stage, most recently in Fault Lines, which also premiered at the White Bear.
In 2020, she worked as Assistant Director on an adaptation of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, at Theatre Peckham. The play was directed by Joyce Henderson, who has been an associate of Complicite since 1992.
She also worked with Complicite to adapt War and War, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, with director Kirsty Housley (Misty, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran). War and War was performed as part of the Studio Season at the Pleasance, Islington, in 2017.
Polly was in the team of actors who performed Somnai, an award-winning, immersive, virtual reality experience from dotdot.london (War of the Worlds), she received a great review in The Telegraph, for playing the other-worldly spirit guide.
In 2019, Polly created Shiver for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which was her first play as a writer-performer. Elske Waite helped develop and direct the show, which was a one-woman reimagining of Polly’s great-great-grandmother, based on family rumour and the four official documents that prove her existence. It was a play about adoption and lost history.
At the same time as Shiver, Polly and Elske were rehearsing Tess, Ondervinden’s reimagining of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles which was a runaway success in Edinburgh with a 5-star review from The Wee Review, followed by a sellout tour in the West Country in October 2019.
She has also taken several roles in short films including Misconduct with the National Film and Television School, directed by George Graham, and Sham with JMK Productions, directed by Rosie Raven.