Alan McKendrick


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German speaker with stage translation experience.

Playwrights' Studio

Former Writers Project

Alan McKendrick

Alan McKendrick is a writer, director and translator working across theatre, film and opera.

Stage work as writer/director includes a large-scale durational adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's cult novel Cain's Book for Untitled Projects; the multi-location site-specific performance project Emancipation Acts which featured a 65-strong cast and took place across the Merchant City as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; The James Dean Death Scene (Tron, Glasgow & Traverse, Edinburgh. Winner Arches Award For Stage Directors); Finished With Engines (Arches, Glasgow; final-shortlisted Meyer-Whitworth Award; revived Traverse Edinburgh Festival); The Bad Drive Well (Arches), a reversioning of Thomas Middleton & William Rowley's The Changeling (Òran Mór); and a translation of Ödön von Horvàth's Kasimir & Karoline (National Theatre Of Scotland).

Further translations into/out of German include Kevin Rittberger's Peeping Ends (National Theatre Studio) and Adriano Shaplin's Pugilist Specialist (Theater Der Welt Stuttgart). His own play Finished With Engines has been translated into German by Kevin Rittberger as Ende aus, alles aus. Alan recently scripted Ophelia, a radical rewriting of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in collaboration with performer Adura Onashile and director Stewart Laing (Òran Mór), and The Eye (Untitled Projects), a free adaptation of Georges Bataille's Story Of The Eye featuring kinetic sculptures, robotics, silicone prosthetics and live performance, presented at Glasgow Sculpture Studios. He also directed Rob Drummond's Lifesaving and Deb Jones'  The Head In The Jar, both for Òran Mór

Opera work: as librettist/director Hope Dies Hard In His House (Aldeburgh Music, composer Luke Styles); as librettist Ringside Seat At The Sobriety Olympics (Aldeburgh Music, composer Donal Sarsfield) and Every Inch Of Many Effigies (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, composer Joanna Lee); as assistant director La vie parisienne (Malmö Opera Sweden); as dramaturg La fedeltà premiata (Bayerische Staatsoper Munich). Non-opera dramaturgy includes The Salon Project (Untitled Projects), Apeneck Sweeney (Arches) and Jean Genet's The Maids (Citizens Theatre Glasgow). Alan has also been a script reader for both the Traverse and Birmingham Rep, and is currently working with Berlin-based production company Nosorogi as script editor for their feature film project Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov. 

Film work as writer/director includes the 20-minute narrative installation loop Violence Was Offered, made with bespoke stills by photographer Tobias Feltus (Playwrights' Studio Scotland Writers Projects/Arches), 14-minute musical/narrative work The Animal Sculpture Sinfonia Tunes Down (Seventeen Gallery Aberdeen/ACES) and five-minute short It's Been Emotional (Glasgow International/Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art).

Alan was formerly Playwrights' Studio Writer-In-Residence with Untitled Projects and the Arches, and has made further work with various organisations including Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Internationales Forum Berlin, Tramway, Ankur, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Cry Parrot, Horsecross Arts, Theatre 503, Northern Stage and Riot Group.

Alan is a graduate of the University Of Glasgow, where he studied English Literature and Philosophy. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Kentucky, Lexington USA where he created and led a new course on dialect stage translation, and is currently also working with both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's MA Classcial and Contemporary Text postgraduate programme and the University Of Glasgow's Theatre Studies Department.

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