We’re delighted to welcome Ming Ho to our Advisory Board. In addition to her extensive career in writing for film, TV and radio Ming brings with her first hand experience of being a carer. She writes, speaks, and campaigns on dementia and carer issues and is a member of the Carers Advisory Panel for charity Dementia Carers Count.
Ming began her career as Script Executive at independent Zenith Productions, working across a slate of film and TV drama; she script edited series such as HAMISH MACBETH for BBC and BODYGUARDS for ITV, co-created a series, McCREADY & DAUGHTER for BBC/Ecosse Films, and later wrote for EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, HEARTBEAT, and THE BILL.
Following a career break to care for her mother (who has dementia), she has returned to the industry with a focus on original work for stage, screen, and radio. Her debut BBC Radio 4 play, THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID, starring Lia Williams and Siân Phillips, won Best Radio Drama at the Writers’ Guild Awards 2018; a subsequent play for BBC R4, RIOT GIRLS: MALE ORDER, aired in 2018.
On the film front, she was selected for BFI/Bird’s Eye View Filmonomics 2016 and Maison des Scénaristes International Screenwriters’ Pavilion, Cannes 2015. Stage play EXHUMATION was workshopped at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Recent credits include commissions for Leeds Playhouse, LAMDA, and Chinese Arts Now. In summer 2019, she will be Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd/Gladstone’s Library.
Ming’s BBC Radio 4 drama THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID deals with the impact of dementia and captures the sense of loss and longing to be remembered by your loved one. Before it aired she talked to Raising Films about the background to the play and you can read that interview here. Ming’s personal blog Dementia Just Aint Sexy further documents her experience of caring for someone with dementia.
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