Born and raised in Liverpool, Diane currently lives in London where she has been working as a playwright and author since the early 1990s. She enjoys collaborating across art forms, with composers, musicians, visual artists, dance specialists and draws on relationships with scientists, historians, psychotherapists, medical practitioners, healers to expand the scope of her practice and work. She also works as a teacher/facilitator of creative writing to all ages.
Kindertransport won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world, revived in 2007 in the UK by Shared Experience Theatre Company and for national tour by Hall/Childs in 2014. Now studied for A and A/S Level and set text for English Literature GCSE. Other plays include The True-Life Fiction of Mata Hari, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; Cinderella’s Daughter, Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; 3 Sisters on Hope Street (with actress TA Oberman), after Chekhov, co-produced by Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres, 2008; The Arrest of Rosa Gold, readings at National Theatre Studio, 2010, and Jewish Museum, 2012; End of Romance, performed reading as part of the Mary Shelley Festival, Bournemouth., 2011; Persephone (A Love Story), music theatre piece with composer Maurice Chernick, Arts Council England funding for staged readings at Rosemary Branch theatre, 2013; The A-Z of Mrs P, music/lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, world premiere Southwark Playhouse, 2014; Poppy + George at Palace Theatre, Watford, 2016
For younger audiences, plays include One Hundred Million Footsteps for Quicksilver Theatre Company; Chalk Circle, Frankie’s Monster and How to be a Giant at the Unicorn Theatre.
For BBC radio, plays include Swine, Doctor Y, Watch out for Mister Stork, Hen Party, Tiger Wings, five part serial for Woman’s Hour, and Psyche.