Meet our FUSE creatives
Gemma Bedeau is a script and comic writer from Leeds. Her debut radio play ’Soon Come’ was written and performed as part of “Airplays” competition with Leeds Playhouse, Leeds College of Music and broadcast by BBC Radio Leeds in 2018. Her Blaxploitation comic series “Afroella” landed her a Glyph Award nomination for best female character and features in the Museum of Uncut Funk. Gemma also works as a costume and graphic designer, particularly within the film industry where she is known for her work in the horror genre
Chris O’Connor is a Leeds based writer and has had work produced for stage, radio and film across a number of venues and platforms including the The Lyric Theatre, the Leeds Playhouse and BBC Radio. He also works with Mantality Magazine, inspiring men to live a more comprehensive version of themselves and equipping them to better understand what it is to be a man, particularly in light of the epidemic of male suicide. He also teaches, and runs writing workshops with organisations such as Cast in Doncaster, Hawksworth Older People Support and Chapel FM in East Leeds.
Ruth Kelner: Ruth is a student at the University of York studying French and Spanish. As part of the New Views programme Ruth’s play ‘Adam and Jane’ was given a rehearsed reading at the national theatre, an adapted version of this play was also performed at Wembley as part of the Teach First conference. Ruth is also a member of The Writing Squad, a group for developing young writers in the North