web banner

Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

Chaired by Professor Sharon Cowan

With Dritan Kastrati and Nicola McCartney

TalkFest in conversation

Over the last three years playwright Nicola McCartney has worked with actor Dritan Kastrati to write a new play, transcribed from 60 hours of recorded interviews.

Dritan worked with Nicola to tell the true story of two epic journeys of survival: the first, as an 11-year-old asylum seeker towards the end of the Balkan wars in 2002; the second, his journey back home through his teenage years spent in the British care system.

Nicola and Dritan are joined by Professor Sharon Cowan of the University of Edinburgh to dissect the process of writing this astonishing biographical play. From the initial impetus to the final stages of its development and production, they discuss the biggest challenges in translating real-life dramatic events to the stage. Sharon, an expert in Asylum and Refugee Law and Policy, will bring fascinating political and psychological context to the event.


Part of #TalkFest19 

sharonprofilepic Professor Sharon Cowan completed an LLB (Hons) from Strathclyde University, and an MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She undertook two years as a researcher at the London School of Economics before going on to complete a PhD at Brunel University, London. Sharon was a lecturer at the University of Warwick for three years prior to her arrival at Edinburgh. She joined the University of Edinburgh in 2004.  
dritanprofilepic Dritan Kastrati graduated from Frantic Assembly's Ignition Company in 2009, and was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Bursary. He performed as Montano in  Frantic's hit-show  Othello.  He has played the lead in the feature filmPit Stop Mafia  directed by  Fatmir  Koçi. Other recent acting credits: Houdini and Doyle  2016,Hooten & the Lady(Sky, 2016);  All the Devil's Men(Netflix, 2018);Stan Lee's Lucky Man(Sky One, 2018); Agatha Raison season 3 2019.   
Nicola McCartney Nicola McCartney  is a playwright, director, social theatre practitioner and dramaturg and is Reader In Writing for Performance at University of Edinburgh. Nicola was Artistic Director of Lookout Theatre Company, from 1992-2002, and has twice been an Associate Playwright of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. Her plays include:  Easy, Heritage, Home, Standing Wave, Delia Derbyshire in the 60s, Rachel's House, Cave Dwellers and  Life Boat

AYOC_sub Brand _url _1

More Information:

Booking information

Date and Location:

Traverse 2, Traverse Theatre

Start Date: Monday, 19 August, 2019

End Date: Monday, 19 August, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 13:00

Address: 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

Follow Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland on:

Facebook Twitter