From Ireland, I have been living in Scotland for almost a decade and working in professional theatre for nearly fifteen years. My plays have been performed in diverse spaces; from a remote coastal museum on the north coast of The Netherlands to a garden shed in Glasgow. I also work as a dramturg (an editor for the stage) and as a community theatre practitioner facilitating others in finding their voices. I have worked with young people, adults, in therapeutic NHS settings and in prisons. For the last three years I have been the creative writing tutor at Horsecross Arts in Perth.
About writer's work
My play DORM was recently short-listed for The Bruntwood Award; one of the UK’s most prestigious new writing awards. I am currently developing plays with the Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North and Stellar Quines. I worked as dramaturg for Mark Bruce’s dance version of Dracula which won a South Bank Sky Arts award. I won a Scotsman Fringe First for my play Futureproof. Other work includes Berlin Love Tour: a walking tour of Berlin that can take place in any city. My solo show, The Art of Swimming, was short-listed for Meyer Whitworth and Total Theatre awards and toured internationally.
Websites featuring the authorFutureproof | Oberon Books | Soundcloud
Current events and projects
I will willingly read extracts of my own plays or facilitate others in writing their own. I have worked with Advance Higher English students, developing their writing portfolios. I have worked with adults interested in the process of playwriting and with patients in therapeutic settings. I have worked with female prisoners to develop a body of their own writing, guided teenagers through the process of writing ten minute plays, helped youth theatres devise and shape their performances and worked as the creative writing practitioner on National Theatre of Scotland’s Transform Dumfries; encouraging the community of Dumfries to tell their story. For the last three years I have run a regular playwriting group with young people at Horsecross Arts. My play The Art of Swimming is about Mercedes Glietze, who was the first British woman to swim the English Channel, and I am currently writing about Scottish and Irish women transported to Australia as convicts in the 1800’s. Therefore, I am experienced at adapting historical sources into fictional works. I am interested in life writing and in the positive impact autobiography can have in understanding the self. I am also experienced in writing for, and about, unusual spaces.
I am the Associate Playwright at the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and published by Nick Hern Books. My work also appears in an anthology of short plays by Irish writers, edited by Thomas Conway for Oberon. I frequently works as a dramaturg and creative writing practitioner in collaborative processes (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens’ Theatre, Tricky Hat, Playgroup, Imaginate, In Cahootz) and wrote the adaptation for the Tron Theatre’s production of Under Milk Wood in 2014: part of the Commonwealth Cultural Programme.