I am a Playwright who tends to work in collaborative environments. I am interested in using stories to explore questions which I find difficult to answer. I did a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway College in London and an MA at Queen Margaret’s University College in Edinburgh. I am passionate about creating theatre which is challenging yet accessible, which is founded on research and investigation yet theatrical and imaginative in presentation, which is experimental and innovative yet engaging for a non theatre literate audience.
About writer's work
I am an associate of Analogue having co-wrote Mile End, Beachy Head, and written Fringe First winning 2401 Objects. I was an associate artist for Imaginate from 2010-2012, exploring the possibilities of creating work for and with young deafblind people. Other writing credits include adaptations of The Archivist by Hector Levy and Instructions for Butterfly Collectors by Mariana Eva Perez, for National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse. A Perfect Child, and Sea Change, for the Oran Mor ‘A Play A Pie and A Pint’. Work made for children and young people includes The Incredible Swimming Choir directed by Matt Addicott for Starcatchers. Cloud Man created with Ailie Cohen, which was selected for the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival 2011 and Imaginate Festival 2012 and continues to tour in the UK and internationally. My work with Sense over the last ten years has created a fascination with non formal communication, and also non linguistic communication and how these can inform storytelling and theatre making. I’m fascinated with an interaction between fiction and reality, creating and imagining storyworlds based on vigorous research and real life case studies for example the story of patient HM for 2401 Objects, or articles on genetic modification for A Perfect Child. I am currently working on Rebecca’s Midnight, a site specific performance in Craigmillar castle for children aged seven and over for Lyra Theatre, which will be on at the end of September. I am working with Grid Iron on Leaving Planet Earth, another site specific production which will be on at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Summer 2013.
Current events and projects
I have extensive experience of doing workshops with young people from the very young through to university students, and beyond that to professional actors and theattre practitioners and also teachers. I have also undertaken residencies at organisations including the Traverse, the National Theatre of Scotland and at Cove Park. Through Imaginate I have delivered workshops for children with varying sensory, learning and physical difficulties, as well as leading professional development training for teachers and training sessions for theatre practitioners. With Hannah Barker of Analogue I recently made a show in five days with a company of twenty young people, aged between 18 and 22 years old at the Ipswich New Wolsey. It was an incredible challenge and a fantastic experience to build a complete performance in five days with this dynamic group of young performers. My work with Sense and deafblindness has led me to form a drama group made of young people aged 7 to 12 who have a sibling with sensory impairments. Together we’ve used theatre and writing to explore space, territory and family relations. Over the last year I’ve been working with MA students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to research and develop with them a play I have written for them which they will perform in Glasgow, London and Scotland. Last year I took part as a Playwright Teacher in the Traverse’s prestigious Class Act programme, and worked with S5 and S6 pupils, helping them develop scripts over 5 months which were then performed by professional actors at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.
Cloud Man created with Ailie Cohen. Selected for Made in Scotland showcase 2011, continues to tour across the UK and internationally.