Alison Parkes is an Essex-based playwright whose work includes the play Tigris, shortlisted for the inaugural Mercury Theatre Playwriting Competition, and the musical Saving Face. She is a graduate of the MA Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media) course in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.
Alison originally wrote Hold High the Lamp as a television series. It’s a period drama telling the story of Dublin-born May Abraham, who became the first-ever woman HM Inspector of Factories in the late 19th century. Alison later adapted this teleplay into a five-part audio series, and this is a recording of episode five.