Katherine is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television.

Twice a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize with her plays Before it Rains and Parallel Lines, Katherine is also a recipient of the Theatre Critics of Wales, Writers Guild Playwright award and Creative Wales Award.

Katherine was awarded the judges prize in the 2013 Bruntwood prize for playwriting for her play Bird, which was coproduced by Manchester Royal Exchange and Sherman Theatre, a first collaboration between the two companies and received critical acclaim at National level.

Her play Lose Yourself played at Sherman Theatre last year and was described by The Guardian as a 'devastating night out'.

Katherine was the inaugural winner of the BBC and National Theatre Wales, Wales Drama Award and has worked a number of times with both companies. Her adaptation of Terry Jones’ fairy tales The Silly Kings for National Theatre Wales won the Best Show for Young People at the 2014 Theatre Critics of Wales Awards and her NHS70 play Peggy’s Song is currently in production with the company.

BBC iPlayer released Katherine’s first film, Tag, as part of the BBC3/BBC iPlayer drama launch. She has attended BBC Drama shadow schemes for both EastEnders and Casualty.

Katherine’s most recent works have been produced by companies such as Clean Break Theatre Company, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre Connections, Theatr Clwyd, Sherman Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

Her latest play, A Pretty Shitty Love, is running at Theatr Clwyd and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this Summer. She is also working on a variety of exciting commissions with companies such as National Theatre Wales, Sherman Theatre, Clean Break, Nottingham Playhouse, and the BBC.




Director Patricia Logue
Sherman Theatre
Producer Clean Break
Director Róisín McBrinn
Theatr Clwyd
Producer Clean Break
Theatr Clwyd / National Tour
Director Phil Clark
National Theatre Wales
Director David Mercatali
Sherman Theatre / RWCMD
Bruntwood Judges Prize Winner
Producer Royal Exchange / Sherman Theatre

The play is a story of two friends, Ava and Tash, who discover the true meaning of freedom and friendship when they are cast out of their care home.

Manchester Royal Exchange/ Sherman Theatre
Producer Clean Break
Director Imogen Ashby

A short play and workshop about women, austerity and debt.

Clean Break Tour
Parallel Lines
Finalist for the Susan Blackburn-Smith Award, Winner Inaugural Wales Drama Award,
Producer Dirty Protest
Director Catherine Paskell

Parallel Lines is about 15 year old Steph and her teacher Simon. Both live in Cardiff and go to the same school every day, but when Steph makes a serious accusation against Simon, their colliding worlds pose questions around truth, class and power in contemporary Britain.

Chapter Arts (Tour)
Director Kevin Lewis
Sherman Theatre / Theatr Iolo
Director Phillip Mackenzie

Katherine's play is a modern re-telling of the classic Robin Hood tale. Robin is a girl who must get inventive to help her family survive lean times.

Sherman Theatre
Director Sara Lloyd
Sherman Theatre
Director Adele Thomas
The Other Room, Cardiff
Director Jo Davies

Katherine’s adaptation of Terry Jones’ book of Fairy tales is being produced in Cardiff Castle by National Theatre Wales for Christmas 2013.

National Theatre Wales
Before it Rains
Susan Smith Blackburn finalist; Writers Guild Playwright award TCWA
Director Róisín McBrinn
Funny, brave and beautifully told, Katherine Chandler’s tale of parenthood, protection and provocation looks at how we all develop our own ways of coping with the world, our craving for companionship and what happens when these come under threat.
Bristol Old Vic / Sherman Theatre



Producer Hilary Salmon

Action-comedy shorts of the mundane playground games. 




Blue Angel Films