grace joy howarth

Playwright, composer, lyricist, author and musician.


Grace Joy Howarth is an author and musician from London. She has a First Class Bachelors of Arts degree in Songwriting from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Her most recent work, Blood on Your Hands had a run at the Cockpit Theatre this summer, produced by Patch Plays. It is a contemporary play focusing on slaughterhouse workers, with themes of xenophobia, toxic masculinity and the cycle of exploitation. It was successfully funded by Arts Council England, and was performed in variety nights at the Union Theatre, Barons Court Theatre and the Greenhouse Theatre.

Her children's musical Birdie's Adventures in the Animal Kingdom, also produced by Patch Plays, was commissioned by the Harrow Arts Centre. This fun-filled environmental show for 5-8 year olds had an ACE funded R&D sharing at the Polka Theatre.

Her radio play 'Until We Can't See the Sky' was self-produced on Resonance FM and Chapel FM.

Her historical children's musical, Radioboy, co-written with Daniella Livingstone, workshopped at the Pleasance Theatre. This piece was shortlisted in the New York New Plays for Young Audiences showcase, longlisted in the British Youth Music Theatre Award, and they are currently recording a concept album of the piece.

She is an Advanced Lyricist at the Musical Theatre course BML (Book, Music & Lyric.)

Twelve of her short stories have been published, through the H.G. Wells Anthology, The National Archives, Squaw Pies Publishing, Be Animal, Jerry Jazz Musician, Selenite Press, Livina Press, Miniskirt Magazine, Londemere Lit and Dollar Store Mag.

Extracts of her first play She is Taken Lightly have been performed

at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester as part of Julie Hesmondhalgh's 'Take Back Our Girls' political scratch night. It has also had scratch performances at The Southwark Playhouse, Katzspace Theatre and the The Young Vic.


Grace has completed four full-length plays, a TV show pilot, two musicals, a novel, and countless other short plays, short stories and songs. She finds joy in writing for compelling feminist narratives, and in work that has a social, environmental focus, with an important story to tell.