True Name was founded by Imy Wyatt Corner and Polly Creed in 2019. We founded the company because we wanted to make work that linked together the foremost issues of our time: environmental breakdown and social breakdown, such as isolation, alienation and prejudice.
We are committed to crafting complex, nuanced and compelling stories that look at these issues in fresh ways; we will always put relationships - to each other and the world around us - at the heart of our work.
We work primarily in theatre, but also in audio and film.
The first revolutionary act is to call something by its true name.' - Rosa Luxemburg
'In the deep past, people knew names had power. Some still do. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, buffer, muddle, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness. It’s not all there is to changing the world, but it’s a key step.' -
Imy Wyatt Corner
Imy is a director, producer and script-reader with an interest in plays that seek to raise awareness. Big fan of new writing. Her directing credits for full-length productions include Gaslight (Playground Theatre), Baby, What Blessings (Theatre503, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Edinburgh Fringe), Walk Swiftly And with Purpose (Theatre503, The North Wall, Edinburgh Fringe), Flux (From the Forest Festival, Plymouth Fringe), and Happy Yet? (International Theatre, Frankfurt, Edinburgh Fringe, The Courtyard). Most recently, she produced ‘Everywoman & Other Confessions’ as part of the closing takeover season at Bunker Theatre. She is also co-director of new writing company, Swings and Roundabouts and has recently taken part in the Roundhouse Future Producers Program. She is currently doing an MA in directing at Bristol Old Vic.
Polly Creed is an award-winning director, writer, and activist. .
Polly's activist and theatrical work has been featured in various papers and platforms, including The Independent, The Scotsman, The Stage, and The Guilty Feminist podcast. Meanwhile her writing has been shortlisted for a Sit Up Award and won Best New Writing at LSDF 2018. She is Arts and Outreach Ambassador for the Matchgirls Memorial.
Polly is also founder of Power Play, a production company and think tank that carries out original data research around gender inequality in the arts, as well as producing women's stories of social injustice. Power Play's debut site-specific showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 won a Fringe First for Emma Dennis-Edward's play, Funeral Flowers, and was listed as one of Lyn Gardner's picks of the Fringe in The Independent.
She is author of Humane, published by Aurora Metro and has been shortlisted by the Royal Court for their writers' group and for the Old Vic 12.