Born in Perthshire, Euan began his career in theatre with Pitlochry’s East Church Drama Group, deviated into playing drums with punk band The NVs and legendary garage ceilidh outfit the Reel Aliens (alongside future collaborator Dave Smith) before settling down to scriptwriting via social work and arts promotion. He moved to Moray in 1986 and lives in the village of Alves with his wife and two children. Euan still successfully combines his full time job as an Out of Hours Social Worker with his other career as a scriptwriter.
About writer's work
Euan formed Right Lines Productions with Dave Smith in 2003 to pursue playwriting ambitions, inspired by the success of Highland Festival commissions “The Accidental Death of an Accordionist” (2001) and “The Wedding” (2002). Since 2000, Euan and Dave have collaborated on the following projects:
The Accidental Death of an Accordionist – interactive comedy ceilidh murder mystery show. Commissioned by the Highland Festival. Highland Tour 2001 and 2002. Nine week SAC-funded Scottish tour in 2008, including three week run at Edinburgh Fringe.
The Wedding – similar interactive style to Accidental Death, the audience arrives as guests at a Highland Wedding and mayhem ensues. Highland tour 2002.
Who Bares Wins – a full-on Highland two-hander farce, complete with slamming doors, fast-paced comedy action, quick changes and the odd naked man in the wardrobe! Inspired by the Naked Rambler’s walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Highland tour 2004.
Watching Bluebottles – a one man play about a village hall-keeper preparing for one last bash in the hall – his own retirement party. Two Highland/North-East tours in 2005.
Illicit - a one-woman comedy on the theme of business start-up. Commissioned by Moray Local Enterprise Company (now HIE). Inaugural tour in May 2006 and various dates in 2006/2007.
The Tour-a-Rural Ceilidh Band – the “house” band from The Accidental Death of an Accordionist present a chaotic hour of ceilidh-theatre. Short Highland tour 2009, funded by Highland Council Homecoming Fund.
The Great Tartan Haggis of Tooriebrochan! - a community panto/children’s show. A community project involving three rural primary schools, plus a community cast in Moray, 2009. Funded by Awards For All and Moray Council Homecoming Fund.
Whisky Kisses – a musical. Two rival international whisky collectors vie for the last remaining bottle of a rare 100 year old malt – The Glenigma. The action moves from New York to the Highlands in a comedy exploration of the true spirit of Scotland. SAC-funded Scottish tour 2010.
Websites featuring the authorhttp://www.rightlines.net/tour2008reviews.htmlhttp://www.rightlines.net/who_bares_wins.html
Current events and projects
I am available to offer workshops on comedy writing. I am particularly keen to offer a “double act” with my writing partner Dave Smith, featuring examples from the successful shows we have written and produced in the last few years. This type of presentation would be suitable for writers’ groups, upper secondary school Drama/English classes and community theatre groups. We have recently run “Meet the Writers” sessions at Eden Court Theatre in connection with Whisky Kisses, provided workshops for a community group in Ross-shire and a 6th class in Forres Academy in preparation for their school show. We have also been invited to writers’ groups in Inverness and Moray.