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.
She recently 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; Polly learned a lot about the traditional method of theatre making by the company.
She has worked once before with Complicite to adapt War and War, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai with director Kirsty Housley (Misty, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran), which was a very different process. The book is densely written with a lot of ideas woven through the linear narrative, and the production echoed that.
Polly was on the team on actors in 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.
Polly has also performed in several productions at The Camden Fringe: as earthling, Merle, in Nina Talks About Her Values, 2017; as Theresa May in Fake Nukes, 2018; and Felicity in No Man’s Land, with Off Main Stage, in 2018.
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.
When she is not performing, Polly lives at home in Brighton working as a theatre-maker.