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Debbie Isitt; born 7 February 1966 in Birmingham, UK; is a comic writer, film director and performer.
Isitt set up the theatre company 'Snarling Beasties' in the 1980s. Her most successful play to date is the black comedy "The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband." Her plays have won several awards including 'The Independent theatre award' in 1989 and 'Time Out' theatre award in 1991 as well as Perrier Pick of the fringe for three consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival.
Isitt's work has been produced at the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and in the West End. Her plays have toured the world and been translated into many languages.
Isitt has performed in several radio comedy shows such as Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation and The Mark Steel Lectures.
Isitt's teleplay for Channel 4 "The Illustrated Mum" an adaptation of the children's novel by Jacqueline Wilson, earned Isitt a Bafta for best adapted screenplay in 2005.
Debbie Isitt has made two feature films, the first in 2000 'Nasty Neighbours' starred Ricky Tomlinson as the neighbour from hell. Nasty Neighbours was selected for the Venice Film Festival and was distributed by Red Bus (now Lionsgate). Isitt also created, developed and directed the film Confetti released in 2006 by 20th Century Fox. The cast included Martin Freeman and Jessica Stevenson.
Isitt is renowned for her work with actors and improvisation Confetti was entirely improvised by the cast under the watchful eye of Isitt. No one in the movie had a clue what the outcome of the movie would be - not even Isitt herself. Isitt was inspired to make a wedding comedy after watching her sister plan her wedding. After months of planning her sister went blind on her wedding day. Isitt claims it was the best wedding she had ever been to.
Nativity, her second feature film, was released in November 2009.
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