Skye Loneragan is an award-winning writer/performer and poet.
She is newly appointed Artistic Director of Toonspeak Young People's Theatre based in Roytson, Glasgow, having recently directed the production, "Lost & Found" with a cast of 20 young people, which has been invited to the National Youth Theatre Festival with YTAS (Scotland). She is now embarking Toonspeak's current summer production, funded by Creative Scotland, as writer/director.
Her work in theatre & live art has toured to Bangalore, Hong Kong, Canada, UK and Sweden (British Council Scotland-in-Sweden showcase).
Her first solo show, Cracked, won an Edinburgh Fringe First, toured to Hong Kong and was adapted for radio with ABC Radio National.
She has written and performed four critically-acclaimed solo theatre pieces, including Unsex Me Here, (supported by Creative Scotland), Plucked of Purpose- the Adventures of PB (The Arches Live Art Festival, international tour), The Line We Draw (at The Tramway, The Arches) & My Right Thumb.
Her commissioned play, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (as Playwright in Residence for Visible Fictions, UK) was shortlisted for the Kings Cross New Writing Award, The John Whiting Award, and Brian Way Award UK premiered at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
She has worked for several physical theatre & devising companies as a performer, prior to producing her own work, including Vanishing Point, Theatre O and C Theatre, UK.
Most recently, Skye has worked as lead artist and creator of the public art engagement strategy, 'Q-POETICS', easing queue-induced tension during Festival 2014 at the Commonwealth Games, as part of the Cultural Programme, and those waiting at the Sydney Writers Festival 2013.
Her current work includes the dance-poetry exploration, Skye & Skye on Skye, in collaboration with Australian, Scottish-based dancer Skye Reynolds, - a choreographed story and conversational live art piece sparked off by mistaken identity - which questions, 'what is in a name?'
Her work with young people is extensive and includes the year-long residency with Visible Fictions as Playwright in Residence, Arts in the City and a unique collaborative project, 3-Way, with young carers, with St Mungos Museum, Creative Identities & The Arches.
Writing/directing credits include: A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere (The Arches Theatre Young Directors Awards), Staying Awake For You (Flesh Pot Theatre, London), The Umbrella and the Billow, (The Traverse Theatre & On the Verge Glasgow & TRS, Sydney). Her early play for teenagers, Strips & Bones was supported by an SAC New Writers Bursary.
Previous Artist in Residence positions and work engaging with community groups include:
- Q-Poetics- engaging with places/spaces of
waiting. Installing the poet & poetry in queues.
- Writer-in-Residence, City of Sydney - Rocks PopUp Spaces (heritage listing), Scottish Book Trust.
- Performance in Education- solo-performance, m/classes & poetry for 8-12yrs, Aust-wide
- Playwright in Residence withVisible Fictions Theatre Co -Greenock Academy
- Performance Poet with the The Scottish Book Trust & Word Travels, Spoken Word.
- Arts in the City -working with young people in care between foster homes
- Outside Art- a residency with
The Tramway & GlasgowLife working in three deprived areas of
Glasgow to promote inter-cultural dialogue, with young people
5-17yrs, through the transformation of found objects
- Making a Map of My Mistakes- a R&D residency in The New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, working with patients and staff to transform my 'rubbish' macro-photography (those deemed 'mistakes') into a collage, creating a collage to form a pathway on a map inspired by the moment and their stories.
- Hidden Spaces - collaboration with Theatre Found responding to the 'green spaces' of Pollokshields, funded by GlasgowLife - knitting communities together.
- Creative Identities - Three-Way Collaboration, a collaborative project based in St Mungos Museum, Glasgow, working with young carers.
- Word Travels (Australia), performance poetry to schools -regional areas of Australia
- The Tramway's weekly visual art workshops- in collaboration with Indian digital artist, Akshayee Shetty, facilitating these weekly workshops across 3 years, working with an inclusive group.
"A tiny, but almost perfect show….a haunting reminder of some of the big questions asked"
(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, CRACKED.)
"In a kind of acute free verse rendering that might've come from Shakespeare were he alive today and on uppers, Loneragan poses provocative questions with the most vigorous, surefooted delivery imaginable"
(Crickey, THE LINE WE DRAW)
"It takes an artist of some budding genius to generate an idea this simple and this brilliant"
(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman UNSEX ME HERE)
"…a colourful litany of love lost and found and the comforts of madness in the face off an all too serious big, bad world of adulthood. ….take your time to be small is Loneragan's overriding instruction…"
(The Herald, Neil Cooper, THE LINE WE DRAW)
"…no one notices that Mish Gorecki has actually gone missing. No laughing matter, and yet writer Skye Loneragan contrives, without being facile, to flip the potentially grim scenario of Mish's messy existence into something genuinely life-affirming and hilarious to boot"
(Mary Brennan, The Herald, MISH GORECKI GOES MISSING)