TripleC (Creative Confidence Collective)- A Lived Experience Session with Francesca Martinez – Comedian & Writer

Thu, 13 Jul 2023 17:00 – 18:00 BST

Online- 1 hour

This session will have a BSL interpreter and live captions.

For this session you will have the option to have your camera and mic on to ask questions and participate throughout the session.


TripleC’s Lived Experience Sessions are a series of one hour webinars with disabled people who work in the industry to explore how they have got where they are, the barriers they have encountered and the solutions they have come up with.

For this session you are joined by Comedian and Writer Francesca Martinez. This will be an invaluable and insightful look at Francesca’s career journey so far and you will have the opportunity to ask your questions.


Francesca* is a comedian, author, actress and playwright who has toured the globe with her award-winning stand-up shows. She launched her comedy career in 2000, when she became the first and only woman to win the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has since performed in Australia, Ireland, France, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, in Hollywood, on Broadway, and alongside Emma Thompson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Upcoming projects include a prime-time drama commission for BBC1, a children’s TV series, and writing a second play for the National Theatre. In 2014, Francesca’s best-selling book What The **** Is Normal?! was published by Penguin Random House. It was nominated for Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards and named runner-up in the Bread & Roses Book Award. Francesca wrote and starred in her first radio play How We’re Loved, which aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2018. Her CBBC comedy-drama How I Found My Two Best Friends aired in 2021. Francesca’s first stage play All of Us was commissioned by the National Theatre and played to full houses at the Dorfman last summer, with Francesca in the lead role. The play garnered critical and public acclaim, receiving rave reviews, and standing ovations for every performance. Last autumn, Francesca was nominated for the George Devine Award – one of the most prestigious awards for new playwrights, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Francesca’s last major tour was with her hit solo show What The **** Is Normal which won an Edinburgh Fringe Media Network Award and played 140 dates around the world. In 2016, she supported Frankie Boyle on his sell-out UK tour. She made several hugely popular appearances with the late great Jeremy Hardy on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, and her Question Time debut was described as the show’s “best-ever moment” and went viral with over 11 million views in the first week. Much in-demand as a public speaker, in 2005, Francesca was nominated for the Motivator of the Year Award along with Sir Bob Geldof. She was awarded Public Affairs Achiever of the Year in 2013, nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List 2014 and Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards. Francesca has been awarded two Honorary Doctorates – one from the Open University “for making Britain a more compassionate and fairer society”, and a second from Bradford University “for her contributions to equality, inclusive thought and social commentary”. Francesca’s many TV credits include Grange Hill, Extras, Holby City, The Dumping Ground, The Frank Skinner Show, The Jonathan Ross Show, Russell Howard’s Good News, Very British Problems, The Russell Howard Hour and Live At The Apollo.

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*Francesca has cerebral palsy but much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.


Published on:
3 Jul 2023


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